Marvel’s Phase Two came to a close with a bang or a whimper, depending upon what you thought of Peyton Reed’s “Ant-Man” film. Finishing up its run with $519 million worldwide from a $130 million budget, the fairly quick announcement of the sequel “Ant-Man and the Wasp” came as little surprise.
Original “Ant-Man” writers Paul Rudd and Adam McKay are back to work on the script, joined this time by returning on-set production writers Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer. McKay, who has been out talking up awards chances for his Oscar-nominated drama “The Big Short,” was asked by IGN this week about the chances of a solo movie featuring Evangeline Lily’s The Wasp. McKay says it’s a possibility:
“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.”
McKay’s involvement in the screenplay this time is expected to be less, the filmmaker helping the other three breaking the story and then stepping back and letting them go off and write the script together without him. Asked about how much he’ll be involved in the sequel, he says:
“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!'”
Would McKay ever direct a superhero movie? He says he’d definitely be up for it, but not just yet:
“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 Matrix really 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 slated for release on July 6th 2018.