Ant-Man was the underdog Marvel movie nobody expected to be good. Turns out it was one of the best films in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while most of the praise was thrown at the feet of Paul Rudd, it’s important we acknowledge the brilliant work done by director Peyton Reed.
Reed actually took over directing duties from Edgar Wright, and those aren’t exactly the easiest shoes to fill. But Peyton showed that he has the skill and vision to hang with the best, so it’s no surprise to hear Marvel wants the director to return for Ant-Man and the Wasp, which has already been scheduled for a 2018 release.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios is currently in negotiations with Reed to return for Ant-Man’s next film, which is great news for Ant-Man fans. Marvel has a tendency to favor directors—just look at Jon Favreau, the Russo brothers, and Joss Whedon—and it looks like the studio has a new favorite. It’s unclear how close Reed is to signing on the dotted line, but chances are once the formalities are squared away an announcement will be made.
If Reed does get onboard, the pressure will be on to repeat Ant-Man‘s success. Nobody really thought an Ant-Man movie would be a success—I sure didn’t—and even if it wasn’t hugely lucrative at the box office, it wound up being a big hit among critics and fans. The stakes will be higher in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which means Reed will be under immense pressure to deliver an even larger story.
Marvel’s next step is to release Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange in 2016, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man, and Thor: Ragnarok in 2017. That gives Reed a few years to collect his thoughts and start writing a script for the second Ant-Man, which will release in the same year as Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War Part 1.