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Ant-Man 3 has found a writer.
Jeff Loveness, who currently serves as a writer and co-producer on Adult Swim’s sci-fi comedy series Rick and Morty, has been hired to write the continuing adventures of Ant-Man and the Wasp for Marvel Studios. Get more details below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, Marvel hired Loveness “in the early days of Hollywood’s shutdown,” so writing has already begun on the sequel, which will presumably reunite Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne/The Wasp, Michael Douglas as science whiz Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, and Michael Peña as the fast-talking Luis. I say “presumably” because even though Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed has been brought back on to direct this third movie in the franchise, the studio has yet to officially acknowledge that it’s happening. But Marvel has proven time and again that they’re interested in trilogies as starting points, having used that formula for characters like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor so far with at least one more Thor movie on the way.
Loveness has experience with a different branch of Marvel; THR says he’s written comics centering such characters as Spider-Man, Groot, and Nova, among others. He’s also written jokes for the Emmys and the Oscars broadcasts, was a writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! for several years, and in addition to his Rick and Morty credits, he wrote an episode of the TBS comedy series Miracle Workers, which stars Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi.
Since Marvel has not officially announced Ant-Man 3 yet, it’s tough to tell exactly what the timeline is for it getting underway. And obviously, the coronavirus pandemic will have long-lasting effects on the entire movie industry, not just the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney and Marvel shifted almost all of the upcoming MCU release dates earlier today, and it’ll be very interesting to see if they end up delaying any of the Disney+ shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, etc. because of the way those shows are supposed to tie into the larger story they’re trying to tell now across multiple platforms.
Hot off the success of HBO’s Watchmen, Damon Lindelof has expressed an interest in making projects for both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars. While promoting The Hunt, Lindelof couldn’t help but gush to Fandom about Marvel’s approach to Disney+, and how the work they’re doing is directly in his wheelhouse:
“I think that doing something in the Marvel universe, anywhere in the Marvel Universe, would be really potentially exciting for me, especially as they start to get a little bit more experimental,” he says. “Some of the things that I’ve seen for Wandavision, for example, just feel like, ‘Okay, now we’re getting somewhere’. Particularly in a television space.
As for Star Wars, Lindelof is definitely interested in exploring the galaxy far, far away, but he’s fine with waiting a while for the blowback from The Rise of Skywalker to die down. “Maybe a decade from now when I would no longer be blamed for ruining it. That would be a hoot.”
Of course, fans of Watchmen would probably prefer that Lindelof return to the scene of the hit HBO series, but in a recent interview with Collider, he held firm to his prior statements that he put everything he had into the first season, and he has nothing in the tank for a follow-up:
“I wish that I had an idea for Watchmen Season 2, and I really wish that there is going to be a Watchmen Season 2; I just – we put it all on the field for Season 1. And every great idea we had, I was like, what if we just put that in Season 1 versus, ‘Oh, let’s stick it away for later.’ And so, could there be a second season of Watchmen? I personally hope that there is but I don’t think it should exist just because people liked the first season.”
Considering Lindelof took a comic book property like Watchmen and knocked it out of the park, the silver lining is he’s clearly looking to hop aboard an MCU project for Disney+, so fans of the HBO series might get that second chance for Lindelof to do his thing with another group of pulp heroes.
Via Fandom, Collider
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