by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Paul Rudd may be Scott Lang and have the suit, but Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym was the first Ant-Man. I really liked the teacher / student dynamic that went on between the two in Ant-Man. They had good onscreen chemistry, which is essential for the kind of passing-the-torch film Ant-Man was.
Peyton Reed has said in interviews if he gets the chance to do an Ant-Man sequel, he’d actually like to do a prequel, showing the exploits of Hank Pym with the suit and size-changing Pym Particles.
That may be a little easier said than done though.
Apparently, Michael Douglas was only signed on for the one film. Crazy, right? In this day and age, when Marvel Studios seems to sign everyone to multi-picture deals, Douglas was only signed on for the first Ant-Man.
In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, Douglas confirms his status as a “One-and-done” star:
I’m not signed up to anything more. I’ve learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way but if not I’ve enjoyed the experience. Now that I understand a bit more about Hank Pym too. I think in this one I had to carry a lot of plot and exposition. In the next one I hope things get a little more bizarre… the Quantum Realm!
At least he sounds like he’d be down for more films. If they do wait until a sequel to start talking to him about re-signing and doing a mutli-picture deal, they’ll have a good chunk of time to do it. With Marvel Studio’s Phase Three already set until 2019, we most likely won’t get an Ant-Man sequel until well into the next decade.
But the character of Ant-Man won’t be forgotten. Scott Lang will show up in other Marvel movies, including the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, which is filming now to hit theaters next May.