Much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is on pause, along with the rest of the world, as reality deals with COVID-19 and the struggles of a global pandemic. That means many big movies are delaying release dates later into the calendar, but that doesn’t mean planning for the next phase of the MCU is officially on hold.
The Hollywood Reporter, for example, shared on Friday that Ant Man 3 has found its next writer, and it’s from the Adult Swim universe. According to the report, Rick And Morty writer Jeff Loveness will write the script.
MCU head Kevin Fiege had hinted a third Ant Man movie was in the works, but now we have some idea of who will be at the helm of the film series that will almost certainly see Paul Rudd reprise his role as Scott Lang. According to the report, the deal happened before everything essentially shut down, which means Loveness is already working on things, hopefully from the comfort of his home while socially distancing.
The deal was wrapped up in the early days of Hollywood’s shutdown, according to sources, and Loveness has already commenced writing.
Marvel has yet to publicly announce the project and seeing as writing is just getting underway, it is unclear when the third Ant-Man outing would shoot. Sequels Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder were slated to shoot this year but the coronavirus pandemic has thrown all of Hollywood’s production schedule upside down. On Friday, Disney reshuffled the release dates of its movie slate, pushing back the series of Marvel films known as Phase 4.
THR reported that Peyton Reed is back to direct the film, so fans of the film series will have a lot going for the third act. Whenever it all actually gets filmed and hits the silver screen, that is.
Marvel Studios has tapped Rick and Morty writer Jeff Loveness to pen the Ant-Man 3 script. Peyton Reed is returning to direct the sequel after helming the first two installments. Paul Rudd is expected to return as Scott Lang, along with Evangeline Lilly and Michael Pena. Marvel Studios has yet to officially announce the project and it was not included in the latest MCU release dates that were revealed earlier today. With that being said, Ant-Man 3 more than likely will not hit theaters until sometime in 2023.
Jeff Loveness is arguably best-known as a writer/co-producer on Cartoon Network's Rick and Morty. He has a comic book background having written for Spider-Man, Groot, Nova, and other Marvel characters. Loveness got his start writing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and has also worked on the Academy Awards, the Emmys and the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Additionally, he contributed to TBS' Miracle Workers, which Daniel Radcliffe stars in. It is believed that the deal between Loveness and Marvel Studios was inked before the entertainment business shut down.
While a 2023 release date seems plausible for Ant-Man 3, there are a few open slots in the Marvel Cinematic Universe release calendar. October 7th, 2022 is the next available date and if all goes well, the movie could make it in time. It seems doubtful that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be ready by that time. Marvel Studios and Sony currently do not have a release date for Spider-Man 3, so that could very well fit into that slot too, though that is pure speculation at this point in time.
Scott Lang sat out of Infinity War, along with Clint Barton. However, both characters came back in a major way for Avengers: Endgame. Lang, specifically, was the one responsible for bringing Pym Particles into the picture to get the time heist off the ground. If it weren't for Lang, there would not have been a movie. Paul Rudd's portrayal of Lang also provided some comic relief during the heavy movie, which was much-needed. With that being said, it's unclear where Ant-Man 3 will go in terms of storyline.
There have been plenty of rumors suggesting that Scott Lang's daughter Cassie, could have a bigger role in Ant-Man 3. Cassie is known in the comic books as Stinger. She's a member of the Young Avengers and The Initiative, and also has the same powers as her father. Cassie manifested her powers much later than her first exposure to Pym Particles, unlike her father. 18-year old actress Emma Fuhrmann played the character in Avengers: Endgame and it's believed she will be a part of the sequel, though it's unknown if she will be introduced as Stinger on the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce that Jeff Loveness will be writing Ant-Man 3.