Just looking at the title of 2018's "Ant-Man" follow-up "Ant-Man and the Wasp," we know for certain that Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will reprise their roles as Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne. The rest of the cast, however, will start making themselves known as Marvel begins production on their post-2016 feature films. Ahead of "Ant-Man's" digital release on Tuesday, November 17, film icon Michael Douglas spoke with Comic Book Resources about the process of making the film and its recently announced sequel. With "Ant-Man," Douglas scored the biggest box office hit of his career by playing Hank Pym, the scientist behind the original Ant-Man suit. Now that Rudd's Scott Lang is fully in possession of the Ant-mantle, though, will we see Douglas' Pym in the next installment?
"I'm coming back -- well, I should be coming back," said Douglas. "We're in the midst of negotiations now, which is always nice. They're actually very sweet because, well two-fold: one, they gotta make sure, before they start writing the new script, they gotta know if you're there or not, you know what I'm saying? We're in the midst of that and I would imagine they're bouncing ideas around.
"Also, just in a sense of how insane the movie business has become," he continued, "this is the first time I'm involved with a movie that already has a release date [July 6, 2018]. I just go, 'Oh my god,' it's hard to even conceive of. Filming in 2017. I love it, I had a great time [on 'Ant-Man']."
Douglas also elaborated on the family feel that went along with making "Ant-Man" and how he would like to -- and expects to -- see the rest of the crew on board for "Ant-Man and the Wasp." "There's just a great family feeling about it," said Douglas. "These guys, this Marvel industry takes such a role that both crews and everything else -- I think there's discussion of [director] Peyton [Reed] coming back, I thought he did a great job holding things together as director. But even beyond that, him and just the whole crew, they go from one Marvel film to the other. It basically becomes their entire career, so there's a family feeling and continuity which just always makes it easier. You don't have to go through the introductions. That's the beauty of sequels with the crew and having the cast [back together] is great."
The veteran actor also spoke a bit about his co-stars, expressing a desire to work with all of them again. "I was really impressed with Evangeline [Lilly] and Paul [Rudd]. Michael was unbelievable, Michael PeÃ±a; I'm sure we'll get him back, he brought some great comic relief. And we'll miss Corey [Stoll] unless they find some incredible way to scrape him off the wall or something."
Keep an eye out for the rest of our chat with Douglas right here on CBR. "Ant-Man and the Wasp" opens on July 6, 2018.