While doing the rounds to promote his financial crisis film The Big Short, Adam McKay hinted that he might be back to work on Ant-Man and the Wasp — as it turns out, not only is McKay re-teaming with Paul Rudd, but the pair will have a little additional help from uncredited Ant-Man writers Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer.

Deadline reports that Ferrari and Barrer will team with Rudd and McKay to develop the story for Ant-Man and the Wasp, with Peyton Reed returning to direct the sequel, which — as the title suggests — will see Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne suiting up as the Wasp alongside Rudd’s Scott Lang.

Ferrari and Barrer will receive screenwriting credit this time around, officially co-writing with Rudd, while McKay will receive a “story by” credit. The duo recently participated in Akiva Goldsman’s Transformers brain trust, and are working on the script for the animated prequel to that franchise, which will take audiences back to the creation of the Autobots and Decepticons.

As for the Ant-Man sequel, Reed tells Comic Book Resources that we shouldn’t expect another heist film, while expressing his excitement to bring Ant-Man and the Wasp’s partnership to the big screen:

I think there’s probably going to be some aspects that maybe call back to the tone of this movie, but for Ant-Man and the Wasp, we have an entirely different template. We know what that template is, and we have an entirely different genre template for that movie. But it’s going to remain a surprise. But yes, that’s already been decided…

I’m excited just for Evangeline [Lily] to actually suit up and become a hero in the movie. I’m also excited about the idea that Ant-Man and the Wasp were a partnership throughout the history of Marvel Comics. It’s a different dynamic than we’ve seen in the rest of the Marvel movies, an actual partnership. You’ve got Captain America and the Falcon, obviously. But this is a thing that in the comics was a romantic partnership and a heroic partnership, so it’s going to be fun to play around with that and discover what the movie version of that is.

Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018.


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