For a narrative universe franchise to keep running even as it approaches a decade, it's important to refresh things once in a while. The #Marvel Cinematic Universe will probably never do a full reset, but it's nice to have something a bit left of field every few years.
Guardians of the Galaxy was one of these refresher points, a surprise hit starring a talking raccoon, a giant tree, and a Chris Pratt. And then along came Ant-Man, a movie with a title that seemed to guarantee that it wouldn't be taking itself too seriously.
#AntMan wasn't as much of a departure from the Marvel norm as Guardians was, but it avoided wider connections to the #MCU while setting up the new characters, and struck a surprisingly comedic tone while dealing with family drama.
One of the funnier additions that Ant-Man brought was the three musketeers — Luis (Michael Peña), Kurt (David Dastmalchian) and Dave (Tip 'T.I.' Harris), the three pieces who made up the criminal gang that Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) falls in with after leaving prison. The gang that — with some manipulation from Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) — ends up leading him to his destiny as Ant-Man.
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Michael Peña's optimistic and long-winded Luis became a fast fan favorite, and with Peña having signed a three-movie contract with Marvel, we expected that he would return for the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp. The 2018 movie will finally see Evangeline Lilly suiting up as the Wasp, but not much else is known about it right now.
And from the sounds of it, the cast of Ant-Man don't know that much either. Speaking to Collider in a new interview, Peña has revealed that he has not yet got the call back for Ant-Man and the Wasp, and doesn't know when and if he will:
"No, no, I haven’t gotten the phone call yet. I don’t know if I’m gonna get the phone call. Who knows? I don’t think they have to call you at all. They could just say that he’s free to go and he can do any movie that he wants at this period of time. I don’t really know what’s going on with that. There’s always possibilities that you’re not going to be in that movie. You just prepare yourself for that."
Ant-Man and the Wasp is due to begin production in Atlanta by the end of this month under the working title "Cherry Blue." Michael Douglas has confirmed his return as Hank Pym, alongside Paul Rudd's Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne.
But don't despair too much, Peña has confirmed that as long as he has availability in his schedule, if he gets the Marvel call on short notice he would be up for signing on to appear in the Ant-Man sequel. But you know, at the end of the day at least he's got the van.
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