ComicBookResources.com reports that the “Ant-Man” sequel looks to have familiar faces behind the camera as well as in front of it. The story is that Peyton Reed is “in negotiations” with Marvel Studios to return for the 2018 sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Despite a long period in development and creative shifts leading to a reputation as a troubled production, the original Ant-Man, released domestically this past July, has made $454.7 million worldwide, including a headline-grabbing $43.2 million opening this past weekend in China. While the film’s domestic total hasn’t come close to the massive numbers of Marvel Studios‘ Avengers or Iron Man films, Ant-Man has outperformed 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2008’s The Incredible Hulk.
Reed joined Ant-Man in June 2014, a month after initial director Edgar Wright — who had been attached to the film since 2006 — left the project.
No screenwriters have yet been attached to Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is scheduled for release on July 6, 2018. Stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are both on board to return as the respective title characters.