It isn’t always easy for filmmakers making Marvel movies, and it’s not often they stick around for more than one. “Thor” has seen a new director for each iteration (Taika Waititi will helm “Thor: Ragnarok“), and while the Russo Brothers have not only found their footing with the studio, but risen through the ranks, with both “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War” on their plate, there’s Joss Whedon who came out of “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” a bit soured on the whole experience. So Peyton Reed returning to helm the sequel to “Ant-Man” is actually a bigger deal than it seems on first appearance.
THR reports that the director is in negotiations to helm “Ant-Man And The Wasp.” Coming into a situation that was likely stressful after Edgar Wright‘s departure, Reed seemed game and enthusiastic about the opportunity to direct “Ant-Man,” and weathered a bumpy transition to landing the gig, and exceeded fan expectations. It pays to remember that when Wright left, the perception was that “Ant-Man” might’ve been Marvel’s first debacle. Not so. While not one of the best performing films for Marvel financially, it was enthusiastically received by fans, and there’s a good foundation to build upon. And Reed coming back seems like Marvel giving the director the ultimate thank you gift.
No word yet on who will write “Ant-Man And The Wasp”— Adam McKay and Paul Rudd were credited on the first movie, but there was additional work done by unnamed Marvel scribes, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they got a promotion — but it will arrive on July 6, 2018.