Despite a hefty amount of skepticism from film fans in the lead-up to its release, Ant-Man ended Marvel's phase two with a flourish earlier this year. A lot of the credit for that goes to Peyton Reed, who took over the directorial reins when Edgar Wright controversially left the project and did a far better job than many expected.
With a global box office haul of over $500 million, it's no surprise that Reed will be back for the 2018 sequel Ant-Man and The Wasp, which will see the tiny hero team up with Hank Pym's daughter Hope, aka The Wasp. Speaking with Newsarama, he confirmed that the writing process had begun and offered an update on his plans for the pint-sized hero(es): "The goal is to keep what we really liked for the characters in the first one, but to make it a much weirder movie." Sounds good to us!
"Part of thing that we’re going to explore, as shown in the comics, is how [they] are such a great duo and partnership", Reed continued. "Part of that, in any partnership, is how they relate to each other as people. Where will their personal relationship be at that point, and what will be their fighting style together?"
This feels like a logical (and exciting) extension from the events of Ant-Man. One of the best things about that aforementioned film were its inventive action sequences, and the idea of Hope and Scott teaming up in costume for tag team fights with their foes is a tantalising one. Ant-Man and The Wasp is slated for release in UK cinemas on July 2 2018 before opening in US theatres on July 6 2018. Ant-Man is available on DVD and Blu-Ray now.