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Michael Douglas May Not Return For Ant-Man Sequel

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For those that believe Marvel Studios is sticking a little too closely to a formula, Ant-Man has served as a convincing counter-argument, suggesting that the studio is still capable of finding new ways to approach an increasingly familiar genre. There are many reasons to be enthusiastic about Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas is one of the best, bringing dramatic credibility, wit, and well-crafted facial hair to every scene he’s in. However, the actor claims this may be a one-off, even though he would be happy to return for a sequel.

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In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, Douglas explains that he has fulfilled his contractual obligations to Marvel Studios. “I’m not signed up to anything more,” he said. “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!”

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At this point, the real uncertainty is whether Marvel even intends to make more Ant-Man movies. While the first film has already earned $230 million worldwide, that makes it an underperformer by Marvel standards. This is to be expected, as Ant-Man is an intentionally offbeat movie with a title character that lacks the name recognition of many other Marvel superheroes. Plus, the studio’s schedule is full through 2019, by which point Douglas will be pushing 75. Of course, if he has the longevity of his 98-year-old father Kirk, he may still be making Marvel movies in 2040.

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