Did Michael Pena just accidentally confirm that Ant-Man 3 is coming?

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Jan 8, 2018, 1:09 PM EST

In 2018, we're getting three films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Ant-Man and the Wasp, the sequel to 2015's Ant-Man. We still know very little about the film, but we do know it will give us the addition of Michelle Pfeiffer as original Wasp Janet van Dyne, and the main cast from the original film is returning. That, fortunately, means more of Michael Pena as Scott Lang's (Paul Rudd) friend and cohort, Luis.

Ant-Man is one of the smaller smallish films in the MCU, but Luis made his mark as one of the universe's most entertaining characters, providing an endless stream of humor to a film that would have already been funny without him. It's great that he's coming back for the sequel, but since this is a megafranchise we're talking about, there's always the question: Will there be more?

Pena is currently out promoting the military drama 12 Strong, which just happens to star his MCU mate Chris Hemsworth (Thor). Though his latest film was the main topic of conversation, IGN couldn't help but ask if Pena and Hemsworth ever chatted about their shared superhero movie experience. That's when Pena basically seemed to confirm that, at some point, we're getting Ant-Man 3.

“We talked about it on the first day [of filming 12 Strong]. It's a whole different kind of club to be in, the Marvel Universe. I don’t know if they'll use me for the third movie, I still really don't know," he said. "It's cool to make a little bit of a mark on that Marvel Universe and it's kind of a cool club, they run a really cool studio."

Does this mean Ant-Man 3 is already in development ahead of the sequel's release? Well, Pena's not a Marvel executive, so it's hard to know for sure. That said, this is Marvel we're talking about, and we know that as long as the films are working, they're prepared to keep cranking out sequels. Ant-Man is, as far as the MCU goes, one of the company's youngest franchises, so it wouldn't be at all surprising to see it continue, particularly now that its little corner of the universe is expanding with the addition of stars like Pfeiffer (an actress Marvel would be wise not to waste on a brief cameo). Whatever Ant-Man's future is, for the moment Pena is part of it, and while he had to be vague, he did also spill a little about Luis' MCU future.

"I've got to be very vague, very general, but I guess he's following more of the American dream and trying to better himself," Pena said. "I guess he's just trying to make his life better. I think that's the best way to say it.”

Ant-Man and the Wasp arrives July 6.