Shortly after Ant-Man hit theaters in July, and proved to be yet another Marvel hit, star Michael Douglas revealed in an interview that he has only signed on for one Marvel movie, hinting that he may not come back for Ant-Man and the Wasp. Based on the title alone, we know that Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will be back as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp. Collider recently spoke with Michael Douglas, who revealed that negotiations have begun for the actor to return as Hank Pym, although he does have one request for the filmmakers.
"I just got a call recently - they want to negotiate for a sequel and I thought 'That's great!' Hopefully, I won't have to carry quite as much expositional dialogue as the first one but I had a wonderful time doing it. Just a great, great time. The cast was fantastic. Paul, Evangeline, Michael Peña - I'm sure he'll be back. If they can scrape Corey Stoll off the wall, I'm sure they'll want him too - he's such a good villain. And Peyton Reed too. It was a lovely experience, so you know, I welcome it. I chuckle about being involved with a movie that already has a release date in 2018. Ya know, it's hard to conceive of that, but it's all good, all the way around, it's all good."
Marvel has already set a July 6, 2018 release date last month for Ant-Man and the Wasp. During the first end credits scene in Ant-Man, Michael Douglas' Hank Pym showed his daughter Hope the Wasp suit that he had designed for her. Evangeline Lilly herself teased this summer that she had been fitted for The Wasp suit, hinting that we may see her in Phase Three. We also know that Scott Lang will return next year, as part of the massive ensemble cast of Captain America: Civil War.
While most actors who sign on for Marvel movies are roped in for multi-picture deals, it doesn't happen 100% of the time. Robert Redford only signed on for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it isn't known if his character Alexander Pierce will ever return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Michael Douglas certainly seems optimistic about returning for Ant-Man and the Wasp, but we'll have to wait and see if his deal becomes finalized in the near future. They my be more unwilling to sign longterm contracts due to their age.
We reported last month that Peyton Reed is in negotiations with the studio to direct Ant-Man and the Wasp, but it isn't known who will write the screenplay yet. Edgar Wright co-wrote the Ant-Man script with Joe Cornish when he was attached to direct, with star Paul Rudd and Adam McKay taking over the writing duties after Edgar Wright left the project. Do you think Michael Douglas should return as Hank Pym in Ant-Man and the Wasp?