And Then We Were Like, “What? That’s Crazy Stupid Awesome!”
The most common phrase I’ve heard to describe Ant-Man is “surprisingly good.” And I’ll admit, I used the phrase as well. Now, I read my fair share of comics growing up, but I do not have a deep knowledge of comics. So if what I’m about to say seems a little heretical to fans of Ant-Man in the comics, forgive me. For me, the surprising part was that Marvel was able to take a seemingly silly concept and character, and create a fun, funny, and creative action hero movie. And while credit for that achievement belongs to a whole long list of people, I’d honestly be less interested in Ant-Man and The Wasp if it didn’t have Micahel Pena. Well, according to THR, we can all rest easy, because he’s coming back.
THR Confirms The Return of Micahel Pena
Now, if you click that link to the THR story, you’ll notice something funny. It’s actually about Michael Pena signing on to the lead role in an upcoming horror movie called The Bringing. However, if you scroll down to the bottom, right at the end, there’s a little line tucked away that read “And he will return to the Marvel Universe for the Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, which will shoot next year.”
Which is kind of weird, because he hasn’t been officially confirmed as being in the movie yet, so it would seem like that’s kind of big news. But there it is, one throwaway line in an article about a different movie. Now, as this isn’t an official announcement, there is a chance that this is just his publicists being hopeful. However, Marvel would be crazy not to bring Pena back. His spirited, loose performance in the movie was one of the movie’s secret weapons, and he was a joy to watch.
The Details We Know on Ant-Man and the Wasp So Far
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly have been officially confirmed (they kind of had to be for the movie to happen at all…), and now (hopefully) Pena’s coming back as well. And though Michael Douglas hasn’t been officially confirmed as returning, it’s generally expected he’ll be returning as well. So, what do we know plot wise so far? Well, basically nothing. Earlier this year, at the premiere for Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man director Peyton Reed did say this:
“We’re hard at work writing the movie right now. So we’ve been holed up in a room, Paul Rudd, myself, Adam McKay, Gabe Ferrari, and Andrew Barrer, who are our writers. So we’re all brainstorming the story. I think the only thing I can tell you with certainty at this point because we’re still about two years away from the movie coming out, is that it’s going to have stuff in it that you’ve never ever seen in a movie before.”
Which, OK, directors love to promise us things we haven’t seen before. However, Reed and his team did deliver that with Ant-Man. I had never seen a big-budget action / superhero movie stage the climactic battle in a child’s room, on a model train set, which ended which a massive Thomas the Tank Engine smashing through the wall. And you know what? It was one of the best finales a superhero movie has had. So, for now, I’m onboard with Ant-Man and the Wasp. Especially if Pena’s coming back. Oh, and while were at it, how about David Dastmalchian and T.I. as well. Gotta have the whole crew, right?
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