Slowly but surely the original cast of Ant-Man is being confirmed as reappearing in the sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp. Almost all of Scott Lang’s crew had already been confirmed, but now we have word that the last member of the squad if definitely back for a second heist.
With production ready to start on Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp this summer in Atlanta, Blackfilm.com has exclusively confirmed that rapper-actor Tip “T.I.” Harris will return to reprise his role as Dave in the sequel.
This isn’t terribly surprising, but it is always nice to get official confirmation of returning characters. Re-casting does happen (see Terrence Howard) and sometimes supporting characters just disappear (paging Jane Foster). Given the great chemistry and perfect comedic timing this group of actors had in the first adventure, it will be nice to see the same crew returning for another look at Marvel’s tiniest hero.
In many ways, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a bit of a mystery as a film. It has the unusual position of being between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. Since we have no idea what happens in the former and what the latter is actually about, this film’s plot is really anyone’s guess. Could it even be a prequel to those films, shown out of narrative order? Will Lang still be on the run from the police, where we saw him last at the end of Captain America: Civil War? The tone of the movie will also be fascinating. Lately, Marvel has tried to switch up the tone of sequels, even within the same franchise. Would another caper movie feel a bit redundant? Does Lang need to grow out of the loveable criminal character and into a more heroic figure? Also, just how much of Michael Douglas as the first Ant-Man will we get to see?
Generally, the returning cast suggests that Marvel isn’t interested in straying too far from the formula of the first film. Ant-Man was possibly the closest to a pure comedy of any Marvel film. That humor is likely to return with the inclusion of the Lang Gang. What are you looking forward to in Ant-Man and the Wasp? Share your hopes for the movie in the comments below.
Ant-Man and the Wasp will star Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Douglas.