One of the strengths of Marvel’s connected universe (and this not only applies to the MCU, but has been the strength of the comics for 50 years as well), is that in a shared universe, anyone can meet anyone. While just cranking out two or three films a year and a couple television series doesn’t offer the same opportunity for crossovers as pumping out 50 comics a month, the MCU output has done well in showing how “connected” the super-hero community can be: Falcon in Ant-Man, Black Widow in Captain America: Winter Soldier, the Lady Sif, Glenn Talbot, and Nick Fury in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage in Jessica Jones, the Punisher in Daredevil, just about everyone in Captain America: Civil War.
However, with the MCU expanding it’s likely going to become more and more difficult for everyone to get to meet everyone. But Michael Douglas, who played Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, in Ant-Man, certainly hopes he gets to meet one of the other members of the MCU family at some point. Cinemablend is reporting that at a celebrity golf tournament in China this weekend Douglas expressed his desire to do his own team-up:
One of the joys of being in the Marvel family is they find ways of transitioning your character into other Marvel films, so hopefully there will be a moment in the future where Jeremy (Renner) and I have the chance to be in the same Marvel film together. The Marvel family is pretty extraordinary. They have made 18 films and every one of them has been successful, which is an extraordinary accomplishment. I don’t think any other studio has had the same degree of success.
While the comment may seem rather random, it’s worthwhile to note that the two were both playing in the golf tournament together. Renner, who plays the Avenger Hawkeye, echoed his golf buddy’s sentiment but seemed to suggest that there didn’t appear to be a possible team-up in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
Of course, MCU scripts and sets are locked down pretty well, so neither actor confirming they work together could simply mean they don’t yet know who might show up where. And since the second Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and the Wasp, will be released between the two potentially universe-shaking Avengers films, maybe the chance of the two meeting is better–and less random–than it first appears.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018, with Ant-Man and the Wasp dropping just 2 months later, and the fourth as-yet-untitled Avengers film will be released May 3, 2019.