If people want to see Paul Rudd return in a solo movie, they may need to start a fan campaign for Ant-Man 3. At least, that what Rudd himself thinks they should do, according to a brief interview he did to promote a Pepsi commercial. Yes, it appears stars are doing marketing for commercials, which are, in fact, also marketing. These are strange times we live in. With the incredible success of Avengers: Endgame, all eyes are on what Marvel Studio has up its Infinity Gauntlet for Phase 4. The information about what we can expect from the MCU in the next few years is scant at best. News outlets are reduced to trawling Reddit pages for rumors and info about what to expect. Still, the commercial has Marvel connections and may give us some insight about what’s not being discussed for Phase 4.
Ant-Man, Korg, and Luis Go to Space (Almost)
Pepsi Max, a low-calorie version of the soft drink with no sugar, is known for its audacious advertising. The latest commercial, which you can see below, features Paul Rudd and Michael Peña, known together for their roles in the Ant-Man films. Peña plays Luis, the fast-talking, slightly criminal Luis who play’s the best friend of Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang. In the video, the two are hapless astronauts about to be launched into space. Right before takeoff, the realize they don’t have any of their favorite drink, Pepsi Max. Misadventures ensure. There is also an MCU connection behind the camera, director Taika Waititi. He played Thor’s revolutionary rock-friend Korg and directed Thor: Ragnarok. So, naturally during the press for this commercial, Rudd was asked about when he would return to the MCU. The answer came as a surprise, because he essentially said he wouldn’t unless there was a fan campaign for Ant-Man 3.
Fan Campaign for Ant-Man 3: A Necessity or a Gag?
Speaking to Yahoo! Finance, Rudd told them he had no idea if Ant-Man would return in a third solo movie. Ant-Man appeared in two solo films, as well as Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame. Marvel Studios, for their part, hasn’t officially announced any projects beyond Spider-Man: Far From Home, which will serve as a coda to Endgame and the Infinity Saga. “You need to make a call to the top brass and start a campaign to make it happen,” he said. The reporter who interviewed him did not characterize the statement. So there is no way to know if he’s serious or if he’s joking. Assuming the former, this means that in order to break through in Phase 4, a fan campaign for Ant-Man 3 is necessary. Even if he is joking, an outpouring from Ant-Man fans clamoring for a new movie would not be unwelcome.
We Still Know Nothing About Marvel Studios’ Phase 4
In the run-up to Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige said that they purposefully wanted to keep the focus on that film and Spidey, to close out their first three phases of movies. Marvel movies are so successful, they don’t have to worry about building hype for what’s to come. Instead, they can actually focus on the story they finished, especially when doing press. So, it’s possible that Rudd asked for a fan campaign for Ant-Man 3 because he’s simply not allowed to say it’s happening (or not). So far, all we really know that’s coming down the pike is a Black Widow prequel film and a Shang Chi movie, which Feige confirmed is in the works. There have been rumors about casting for a movie based on The Eternals, and we can also expect sequels to Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Captain Marvel.
Still, even with two or three movies per year, Phase 4 is already looking pretty crowded. Marvel wants to continue its established franchises, especially after ending the stories of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. Thor, Doctor Strange, and the Hulk all could make future appearances in the films. So, Rudd may be serious about a fan campaign for Ant-Man 3, if only to prove to Marvel Studios that fans want it. We’ll learn more about the upcoming slate of Phase 4 films later this year during Marvel’s presentation at D23.
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