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There are no small parts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as even the tiniest of heroes can eventually have a giant impact on the story. That idea is literally true in Ant-Man's corner of the MCU, and all eyes are on Ant-Man and The Wasp to carry on the comedic traditions of the original when the highly anticipated sequel hits theaters next year. The project will commence production this summer, and it now seems that Michael Douglas is officially set to return to the fray as Dr. Hank Pym. Check out the actor's Facebook post below to see the reveal for yourself.
Michael Douglas is currently gearing up to reprise his role as Hank Pym in Ant-Man and The Wasp, and I think it is safe to say that fans the original film will be elated by the news. Hank is still very much a father figure to Paul Rudd's Scott Lang (and literally a father to Evangeline Lily's Hope Van Dyne), so his presence in the highly anticipated sequel is fairly necessary to set the tone of the affair. He was one of my own personal favorite aspects of the original Ant-Man back in 2015, so it's fantastic to know that Hank Pym will be around for a while.
That said, we pretty much expected Hank Pym to return, based upon the other information we already had about Ant-Man and The Wasp. The sequel will reportedly dive deep into the mystery of what happened to Janet Van Dyne after she went subatomic and was presumed dead by her husband, and rumors have persisted for months that Sharon Stone may actually play the role in the sequel. Is a romantic reunion in store? We will have to wait and see, but I do not think they would've hidden Janet's face in the original Ant-Man unless they planned to cast a well-known actress as the iconic hero further down the line.
I would be remiss for pointing out the fact that this reveal does not necessarily tell us how Hank Pym will factor into the story. While it makes sense for him to play a role in Scott Lang's modern day Ant-Man antics, it is also possible that we will see flashbacks of his own time wearing the suit. The technology to make Douglas look younger was impeccable in 2015, and by 2018 it will likely look even better.
We will bring you more information related to the development and production of Ant-Man and The Wasp as more updates are made available to us. The Ant-Man sequel is slated to begin production this summer, and it will hit theaters July 6, 2018. Stay tuned for more details!