It doesn’t take much to prove Douglas was THE highest quality actor in this year’s “Ant-Man”. This isn’t a shot at Paul Rudd or Evangeline Lilly or Michael Peña, it’s just Douglas was definitely put there, with his decades of acting experience, to legitimize the film more. In the role of Hank Pym, Douglas served as the linchpin of the backstory of the film and how everything in the past impacting the now. As the original Ant-Man who hires Paul Rudd’s character Scott Lang, Douglas explained everything. He spoke of the origin of “Ant-Man” shrinking technology, his contentment for the villain Darren Cross / Yellowjacket (Played by Corey Stoll), his former protégé, powered Cross’s villain storyline, as well as obviously being the one who made Lang the new Ant-Man and propelled him forward into his journey. Also, unlike Rudd, Lilly, and Peña, Douglas didn’t sign a multiple film deal with Marvel. He only signed on for “Ant-Man”, quoting:
I’m not signed up to anything more. I’ve learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way but if not I’ve enjoyed the experience. Now that I understand a bit more about Hank Pym too. I think in this one I had to carry a lot of plot and exposition. In the next one I hope things get a little more bizarre… the Quantum Realm!
The next one, which he didn’t know if it was happening right away at the time, is “Ant-Man and the Wasp” in which Lilly’s character Hope van Dyne, daughter to Pym, will take up the mantle of the Wasp, a persona previously held by her mother in the story, and join Rudd’s Ant-Man on a yet-unknown story.
As Douglas recently quoted in an interview with Collider:
I just got a call recently — they want to negotiate for a sequel and I thought ‘That’s great!’ Hopefully, I won’t have to carry quite as much expositional dialogue as the first one but I had a wonderful time doing it. Just a great, great time. The cast was fantastic. Paul [Rudd], Evangeline [Lilly], Michael Peña — I’m sure he’ll be back. If they can scrape Corey Stoll off the wall, I’m sure they’ll want him too — he’s such a good villain. And Peyton Reed too. It was a lovely experience, so you know, I welcome it. I chuckle about being involved with a movie that already has a release date in 2018. Ya know, it’s hard to conceive of that, but it’s all good, all the way around, it’s all good.
While it is unsure what role Douglas will play, it seems the chances are good he will return for “Ant-Man and the Wasp” which is scheduled to be released on July 6, 2018.