Marvel Studios’ Midas touch continues to turn movie franchises into gold, with their latest project, Spider-Man: Homecoming, becoming another certified box-office hit. Next year their cinematic universe will expand in unexpectedly grand ways with Black Panther and possibly the most ambitious comic book movie of all time, Avengers: Infinity War. However, also on the horizon is the sequel to the underdog hit, Ant-Man, which is preparing another sneak attack on superhero movie fans.
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Pena, Michael Douglas, are all returning for the follow-up, Ant-Man and the Wasp, with director Peyton Reed back at the helm of the new adventure. This will be Rudd’s third film in the Marvel cinematic universe as the lovable thief Scott Lang and this time he will find himself teaming with his more capable girlfriend, Hope Van Dyne. In the sequel, they will once again join the creator of the Ant-Man technology, Hank Pym, in an adventure that promises to reveal the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne. Not much is known beyond this for the sequel, however thanks to That Hashtag Show, we now have a more clear idea.
THS dropped an exclusive scoop today revealing another staple from Marvel Comics prepping for a leap to the big screen. According to the report, Marvel is in talks with an actor for the role of a “highly intelligent” African-American male between the ages of 55-65. While the description is sparse, it’s hard to imagine that the role is anyone other than Marvel’s Dr. Bill Foster, aka Goliath.
In the comics, Foster was a brilliant biochemist who was close friends with Pym and went on to utilize the growing serum to become the enormous hero Black Goliath. (Yes…Black Goliath…) They have the opportunity to go a similar route in the sequel, with Foster possibly mentoring Lang in the ways of growing into a giant. A power that he first revealed during the superhero fight in Captain America: Civil War.
The age of the casting call seems to indicate that Foster will be a contemporary of Pym, which should serve Douglas’ performance as well. The addition of Foster should give insight into Pym’s history developing the Pym Particles, as well as help to inform the backstory of Pym’s adventures decades in the past. It’s unknown if we will see the Goliath alter-ego, however it’s easy to imagine another flashback much like the first film. Although it might be the smallest blockbuster on Marvel’s upcoming schedule, it looks as if Ant-Man and the Wasp may surprise fans once again.
Ant-Man and the Wasp opens on July 6th, 2018.
Source: That Hashtag Show