Ant-Man and the Wasp has entertained moviegoers across the globe since it was released on July 6. The movie even beat Marvel’s runaway hit Avengers: Infinity War in the United States in August by crossing $500 million in the box office. Peyton Reed, director of Ant-Man and the Wasp and creator of the franchise, was recently announced to return for the third installment of the Ant-Man franchise. Reed is also planning to write and direct Ant-Man and the Wasp 2 in 2020.

Ant-Man & the Wasp is the sequel to Marvel’s previous, solo, franchise, Captain America: Civil War and gives us more of the wit, humor, dimension, and heart of Reed’s Ant-Man. This one only differs from the previous film and can only mean that more jokes, quips, and hilarity should be expected from the next sequel.

Ant-Man & the Wasp is about the shrinking of Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) as he uses the shrinking technology known as “The Pym Particle” to defeat the biggest threat that Wasp has faced yet. The sequel introduced Phineas Mason aka The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) as Scott’s little cousin that is secretly an antagonist when she wasn’t! Lilly had a hilarious, but mysterious relationship with Reed as an actor. Evangeline was so talented and instinctive in acting that it came across even better in the movies because of Reed’s film style. Reed had an easy way of communicating to actors and had a keen understanding and appreciation for the way people act. As Reed told us, sometimes dialogue is completely devoid of meaning and is just supposed to be dialogue.

And what a great actress Evangeline was! She has already been interviewed and is rumored to be taking over for Cate Blanchett as Queen Galadriel in “The Hobbit” movies. It’s easy to imagine Lilly as the grandmother of Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf. And Lilly has been rumored to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as X-23, an adult version of Wolverine.

The narrative of Ant-Man and the Wasp follows the multi-faceted process of Scott Lang, a master thief, and his relationship with The Wasp as they team up to take down one of the biggest threats to the Wasp’s existence. Reed says that unlike Ant-Man, “there is no man as hero in this movie. There is no man as outcast. It is a world that Scott and Hope and Hank, the Ant-Man founders, created as a positive force in the world. These are people who wanted to give the public this thing that they were excited about and could use.” This was totally different from the last movie, in which Scott as a thief was after literally money and a lot of it. No one will be pitted against each other by the powers of The Wasp in this franchise.

What’s next for Ant-Man and the Wasp? Reed said that he hopes to include in the second movie a political element. “I think in this first movie Scott is gonna be navigating for a long time how to balance trying to serve all of the different groups of people and to live his life as a crime fighter.” Reed is also looking to have Ant-Man and The Wasp meet his daughter (who is yet to be cast) at some point in the next movie.

If Ant-Man and the Wasp has taught us anything, it’s that continuity is important in storytelling. Ant-Man and the Wasp was a beautifully executed story, but Reed wanted to present an alternative, distinct, and artistic superhero. In the films, size-shifting allows Ant-Man to “grow” to the smallest aspect of the Earth that can physically fit him. This makes him completely unique to other superheroes. The possibilities for animation and storytelling are endless. Reed is already planning to explore all of this.

Bringing back Reed for Ant-Man and the Wasp 2 will help the movie go over without a hitch since he knows the franchise well and adroitly pulls us in to the story. Evangeline Lilly was amazing as The Wasp, and the movie was written by Paul Rudd and Rudd’s wife and EP/Writer Erica Huggins. If this movie succeeds, and I highly doubt it will fail, then we’ll get to see plenty more of the original four.

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