Michael Douglas has confirmed he will reprise his role as ex-superhero and Pym Technologies CEO Hank Pym in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the upcoming sequel to the 2015 film “Ant-Man.” Douglas made the announcement in a post to Facebook.
“Getting ready to play Dr. Pym again in Ant-Man 2 shooting in July,” Douglas said. “Need to start growing the goatee now.”
The post is also the first solid confirmation that the sequel will begin shooting in July. Douglas played Pym in the first film opposite Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, both of whom will also be returning for the sequel.
Hank Pym is the first Ant-Man and the physicist who discovers the subatomic particle that allows for the hero’s massive reduction or, in the case of “Captain America: Civil War,” increase in size. Pym first appeared in 1962 in “Tales to Astonish” #27, later taking on the role of Ant-Man in “Tales to Astonish” #35. The character was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby.
Premiering in theaters July 6, 2018, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is a production of Marvel Studios directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas.