Typically when an actor signs on to star in a Marvel film, they’re also signing on to appear in several more films — these can be sequels, or cameos and supporting roles in other MCU films. Somehow Michael Douglas didn’t have to make that deal, as the actor reveals that he hasn’t signed on for any Ant-Man sequels, though he would very much like to return to the MCU if and when possible.

In an interview with Yahoo! Movies UK, Douglas explains that he wasn’t asked to sign on for further Ant-Man or Marvel films:


I’m not signed up to anything more. I’ve learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way but if not I’ve enjoyed the experience. Now that I understand a bit more about Hank Pym too. I think in this one I had to carry a lot of plot and exposition. In the next one I hope things get a little more bizarre… the Quantum Realm!


Douglas is right about one thing — so much of Ant-Man is exposition and table-setting for the character and his place in the superhero world. A sequel would have the freedom to really light things up, and after that brief trip to the Quantum Realm, we’re definitely antsy (pardon the pun) to see more.

Obviously there’s still a possibility that Marvel could bring Hank Pym back for appearances in other films, the same way John Slattery’s Howard Stark has made a habit of occasionally popping in. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has previously explained that Ant-Man helps pave the way for the weird world of Doctor Strange, and with Darren Cross’ Yellowjacket particle still out there and a certain someone possibly awaiting rescue in the Quantum Realm, anything is possible.