Now that Ant-Man and the Wasp is in theaters, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are getting to see just how powerful--and exciting--that superhero duo is when they work together. What comes next, though? It's a question that many have about nearly every aspect of the MCU, but one there is seemingly no answer for yet. Warning: The following includes spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed, though, has high hopes for the future of this particular piece of this crazy universe. While a sequel to Ant-Man and the Wasp has not been announced, he's certainly hoping to tell more of this story.
"I have fallen in love with these characters and I feel a certain ownership over the characters, you know, and if there are further stories to tell, which I think we all believe there are great stories to tell, I'd love to be involved with it," the director tells GameSpot. "There are just the things that we set up in this movie that you know are going to be paid off one way or another, and again, I can't spoil anything, but yeah, no, I'd love to do it."
When it comes to those spoilers Reed is talking about, of course he's alluding the fact that a mid-credits scene in the new movie sees Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) turned to ash as part of the Thanos finger snap in Avengers: Infinity War. For his part, Ant-Man is stuck in the Quantum Realm with seemingly no way to come back.
Those who have been keeping tabs on filming of the next Avengers movie know that Paul Rudd was spotted on the set of Avengers 4 in his Ant-Man suit, meaning the film does find a way to bring him into the fold. So clearly all hope isn't lost.
What's more, it's doesn't seem all that likely that Marvel would immediately kill off its first female superhero to have her name appear in a movie title. Given that there's another Spider-Man film, along with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3--even though those characters were all similarly turned to ash--you have to believe that there is life after Thanos, at least for some of those he wiped out. Hopefully, Hope, Janet, and Hank are among the faces resurrected.
Still, who knows if there will be another Ant-Man and the Wasp movie, or if they'll simply be integrated into future Avengers films. Whatever the case, this hopefully isn't the last fans have seen of either character, as they've become a breath of fresh air in what's lately been a dark and dire universe.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is in theaters now.