In October, it was revealed that Marvel and Disney Studios had approached Ant-Man director Peyton Reed to lead the sequel titled Ant-Man and The Wasp, and while nothing is confirmed yet, it looks likely that the self-confessed comic book enthusiast will return, given that he's already explained where he wants to go with the follow-up.

With original lead actors Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly already signed on, the whole affair is looking to be an on-screen reunion, but it wouldn't be complete without Michael Douglas's genius scientist Hank Pym now, would it? Fear not, comic-book movie continuity enthusiasts, as the Wall Street star has revealed he's already been in touch with the studio bosses who oversee the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Lilly, Rudd and Douglas in Ant-Man Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

"I got a call recently – they want to negotiate for a sequel and I thought 'that's great!'," Douglas told Collider. "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, Evangeline, Michael Pena – 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 too. It was a lovely experience, so you know, I welcome it."

While he seems keen to return, the 71-year-old admits that he finds Marvel's typically drawn-out and set-in-stone plans a little bewildering. "I chuckle about being involved with a movie that already has a release date in 2018," he said. "You know, it's hard to conceive of that, but it's all good, all the way around, it's all good".

Ant-Man and The Wasp won't reach cinemas until July 2018, but some of the characters are likely to be seen in planned movies before then within the MCU.

Rudd's Ant-Man, aka Scott Lang, is confirmed to appear in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, further integrating the Ant-Man universe with the much larger and longer-established Avengers one.

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