Ant-Man 3 (Finally) Confirmed For The MCU With Peyton Reed As Director

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BY November 15, 2019

The savior of Avengers: Endgame will return to the MCU with Ant-Man 3. An exclusive THR report confirms the news, along with the director of the first two films, Peyton Reed, returning as well. 

This is a big deal given that Ant-Man has always been that smaller hero that was never thought of as doing the same level of box office as the big three MCU heavyweights. While the sequels of Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man were always a given, Ant-Man’s remained elusive. So it’s great news that the tiny hero with a big heart will continue his adventures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Besides the aforementioned Big Three, Ant-Man is the first solo solely MCU hero to get his third movie. A big deal for sure. 

Ant-Man Was Never Such A Sure Thing For Marvel Studios

This news is doubly impressive given the tumultuous road that Ant-Man had to travel to get to the MCU. Originally a movie pitched by Edgar Wright, Ant-Man was in the works for years, even before the launch of the MCU itself. Wright’s vision took a while to come to fruition. But even then, unexpected twists occurred. 

Paul Rudd in Ant-Man Image via Marvel Studios.

During production, the man who heralded Ant-Man, seemingly left the project. Marvel Studios brought in director Peyton Reed to continue Wright’s vision. At the time, this worried industry pundits and fans. Later, after ANt-Man and the Wasp, Paul Rudd seemed to ask for a fan campaign to show the studio fans wanted a sequel. Luckily, it all worked out for everyone. As they say, ‘small’s well that ends well.’

Will Going Small Work Again In Ant-Man 3?

The way that Ant-Man won over audiences, was by being small. Small in scope, story and its universe. The characters were deeply connected and light-hearted. Never weighing down the drama with unnecessary histrionics. The world itself  stayed close to the realm of these characters. While larger connections tied the film into other MCU movies, Reed kept them limited to the world he created. 

Add to that the hero of Ant-Man isn’t a big movie star by any means. It’s Paul Rudd, the guy from the Judd Apatow movies. And this combination worked, not once, but twice in the sequel Ant-Man And The Wasp. 

Paul Rudd & Evangeline Lily in Ant-Man And The Wasp Image via Marvel Studios.

What To Expect From Peyton Reed In Ant-Man 3

Keeping the scope of Ant-Man’s adventures small in comparison to the rest of the MCU was definitely a smart move by director Peyton Reed and the writers. But after the events of Avengers: Endgame, that might be difficult to continue doing. 

While the sequel of Ant-Man And The Wasp dealt with the hugely significant concept of the Quantum Realm, it didn’t impact the world of that story, until the end credits. The story stayed a very personal one for the characters, never drifting into universe-ending implications. The end credits expanded the Quantum Realm idea into the rest of the MCU, and it obviously was a huge plot device of Avengers: Endgame.

Paul Rudd as Ant-Man in Avengers: Endgame Image via Marvel Studios

 

Seeing how Ant-Man basically saved the entire MCU, how will Reed continue to keep Ant-Man, aka Scott Lang’s story, confined to its own movie? It should be interesting to see how Ant-Man 3 deals with the completely changed landscape of the MCU, along with him having an (all of a sudden) teenage daughter. And doing it all with the same trademark light hearted-ness that we’ve come to expect and love from the Ant-Man movies. 

Update:

Michael Douglas confirmed he’d return as Hank Pym for the third movie. He told Collider.com that filming should begin in the summer of 2021, meaning a summer 2022 release is likely.

Ant-Man 3 should release in theatres in 2022. 

Are you glad that Rudd is returning for Ant-Man 3? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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