Last summer, Marvel's Ant-Man brought the studio's Phase Two to a close, and it didn't take too long for the studio to announce a sequel. Just a few months after the movie opened, the studio announced the follow-up Ant-Man and the Wasp will hit theaters on July 6, 2018, with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly set to return as the title characters. Last month, we reported that original Ant-Man writers Paul Rudd and Adam McKay will be back to work on the story, along with Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer. While doing press for his Oscar-nominated movie The Big Short, Adam McKay was asked about the possibility of a solo Wasp movie. Here's what the filmmaker had to say.
"Possibly. I think it all depends on this sequel and how the character plays. Certainly there's a lot of female superheroes in the Marvel universe so I'm sure you're going to see them start to spread out. They sort of started with their kind of bedrock characters from the 60s and the 70s and I think you saw more of an explosion of female characters happening in the 80s and then the 90s. X-Men obviously has great female characters, but that'd be interesting, a Wasp movie. I don't know, that'd be very interesting. I always think of the two of them as kind of together - they always were in the comics - but why not. Sure."
The report from last month revealed that Adam McKay will help Paul Rudd, Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer break the story, before the trio goes off to write the script together, without Adam McKay. While they weren't given screenplay credit for the original Ant-Man, Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer served as the production writers, putting in over six months of work into the script while principal photography was under way. Adam McKay and Paul Rudd shared a screenplay credit on the original with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. When asked about how much he'll be involved on the sequel, Adam McKay had this to say.
"I don't know what my involvement's going to be yet. I've been talking to Peyton Reed and to Paul Rudd, but you know Marvel has a process that they do so they may have other writers working on a script - the only thing I tell 'em is 'If you need me, I'm here.' I love working on those - it's really fun. It was also very fun just writing. And fortunately we had a great director in Peyton Reed so we wrote all this crazy stuff and then he did it really well. I was like 'I could get used to this!' It's certainly a lot easier - I just showed up at the premiere and was like 'Good job!'
Adam McKay is one of the nominees for Best Director at this year's Oscars, for his work on Best Picture nominee The Big Short. The filmmaker actually was approached to direct Ant-Man after Edgar Wright dropped out, but he ended up just working on the script with Paul Rudd instead. When asked if he would ever like to direct a superhero movie, the filmmaker had this to say.
"I would. I would direct one down the line. I'd also like to create my own superhero too. There's a lot of great Marvel characters but I always think of The Matrixreally as a comic book movie where they created an original comic book, and I would love to do something like that."
Ant-Man and the Wasp is currently set for release on July 6, 2018, but it isn't known when work will begin on the screenplay, or when production may begin. It also isn't known if the project will bring back any of the other Ant-Man stars, but Michael Douglas revealed last year that he would come back, but he doesn't want to carry as much of the dialogue as he did in the original movie. What do you think about the possibility of a solo Wasp movie?