Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a fascinating place right now, as fans and cast/crew alike are still recovering from the wild events of Avengers: Endgame. The Russo Brothers threw everything and the kitchen sink into the blockbuster, crafting a movie even larger and more ambitious than Infinity War. And while Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man was noticeably missing from that first Avengers flick, he had a major impact on the events of Endgame.
Once Scott Lang was brought back to the present following his time in the Quantum Realm, it was his idea to manipulate Pym Particles in order to travel through time and somehow reverse the affects of Thanos’ snap. Due to the character’s previous two solo movies and involvement in Endgame, one would think that an Ant-Man threequel was inevitable. But Paul Rudd recently encouraged Marvel fans to campaign for the third movie. When asked if a trilogy was happening, he said:
While Phase Four of the MCU is a complete mystery to Marvel fans, it looks like insiders within the behemoth franchise are similarly clueless. That includes Paul Rudd, who apparently hasn’t officially signed on to play Scott Lang in a third Ant-Man movie. So what’s the hold up?
Paul Rudd’s comments to Yahoo are sure to surprise Marvel fans, especially considering how strong of a run Ant-Man had throughout the course of Phase Three. After being kept largely separate from the rest of the MCU, Ant-Man crossed over alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes starting with Captain America: Civil War. And after his second solo movie made The Wasp a bonafide superhero, Scott Lang became critical to the plot of Endgame.
Both Ant-Man movies were directed by Peyton Reed, who took on the role after Edgar Wright dropped from the original movie due to creative differences. Reed helped carve out a special corner of the MCU for Paul Rudd’s character, and both movies have done quite well critically and financially. As such, moviegoers assumed that the director and actor would collaborate on a third film, especially as larger Marvel heroes have come to the end of their tenure onscreen.
Avengers: Endgame provided a fitting ending to most of the leads of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow. With the OG team going into retirement, smart money says the newer characters like Ant-Man will become larger presences in the franchise.
But since Paul Rudd isn’t sure if Ant-Man 3 will happen, it perhaps the studio is still fleshing out its plans for Phase Four. Till then, it’s time for us to make our feelings known. And this writer is 100% in on a threequel for Paul Rudd’s signature Marvel hero.
You can catch Ant-Man and The Wasp (see what I did there?) in Avengers: Endgame now. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.