Ant-Man director Peyton Reed tells Yahoo! Movies that while his contract to return for the 2018 sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, is not yet finalized, it is likely that he will return. "We're [still] in negotiations, but I think it's looking pretty good," he said.
Once the deal is done, Reed said he looks forward to be able to "build [the story] from the ground up" this time. The director took over the project after Edgar Wright left over creating differences with Marvel Studios. Arriving at almost the last possible moment, he worked from a story conceived by Wright and polished by star Paul Rudd and writer Adam McKay.
As for that new story, Reed teased, "[there's] stuff that we clearly set up in the first movie that we want to pay off and have fun with in the second movie. Since we know [the characters'] origins, we can go in some weird, unique and different territory."
Part of that new territory will be Marvel's first headlining super-heroine, of whom Reed said, "We're going to have a fully realized, very very complicated hero in the next movie who happens to be a woman."
Ant-Man and the Wasp arrives in theaters on July 6th, 2018.