Peyton Reed’s “Ant-Man” was a surprise hit last year. Marvel’s tiny hero’s first debut feature earned about $519 million dollars (around AU$730 million) in the box office, and Marvel eventually greenlit the inevitable sequel, “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Now, screenwriter Adam McKay has confirmed that he will be involved in the script for the anticipated sequel.
It appears that Marvel executives probably feel that McKay can polish the sequel’s screenplay, which is being written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. McKay confirmed his involvement with “Ant-Man and the Wasp” to Nerdist.
“We’ve been talking to Marvel actually,” McKay said. “We just talked to them the other day, and it looks like I will be involved. I don’t know if it’s gonna be right from page one. But it looks like I will definitely be involved. There you go. There’s a little headline for the fanboys!”
McKay, writer and director of such comedies like “Anchorman,” “Stepbrothers,” and “The Big Short,” was brought in for the original “Ant-Man” after Edgar Wright departed as director for the said film. While McKay did not become the director himself, he, along with actor Paul Rudd, rewrote the screenplay, added new characters and more action beats. His involvement likely resulted in amping up the funny elements of the film. It looks like he’ll do the same the second time around.
McKay had expressed interest in returning to write the “Ant-Man” sequel in an interview with Vulture. “I’m talking to them. I just talked to Peyton [Reed, the director of Ant-Man] the other day. I’ve talked to [Paul] Rudd. I think they have a process they do where they bring a bunch of writers in and toss around ideas, so my hope is that they’ll write a script and I can rewrite it again, because that was a great way to work, and I got to really get my imprint on the movie and have a great time doing it. Kevin Feige knows I love Marvel, so I’m game. I grew up on it. Whatever they need, I’m there.”
McKay, on being asked whether he was interested in directing a Marvel movie, had said “Oh, heck yeah.”
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is scheduled to release on July 6, 2018 in the US. However, fans won’t have to wait that long as Ant-Man will return as part of Captain America’s team in “Captain America: Civil War” which is set to release on May 6 this year. It is slated to be the most darkest Marvel movie yet with many death scenes being filmed for the major characters.