Director Peyton Reed expected to return for Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Oct 22, 2015, 11:37 AM EDT (Updated)

It appears that the sequel to Ant-Man will have a much easier time hanging onto a director than the original.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios is in talks with Ant-Man director Peyton Reed to have him back behind the camera for the recently announced sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The ironic thing, of course, is that Reed was never supposed to direct the first Ant-Man. Edgar Wright spent eight years developing the film, only to walk away last year just weeks before production was slated to begin due to creative differences with the studio.

Marvel initially approached Adam McKay to take over the film, thanks to his strong relationship with star Paul Rudd, before Reed entered the scene and ultimately got the job. Although fans -- especially diehard Wright supporters -- were skeptical about Reed, he guided Ant-Man to both critical/fan acclaim and $455 million in worldwide box office.

Rudd is set to return for the sequel, along with Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp, but the rest of the cast and the screenwriters are yet to be confirmed. Rudd, McKay, Wright and Joe Cornish were all credited for the first movie's script.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is scheduled for release on July 6, 2018. Do you think Reed has earned the chance to direct the tiny team on their next adventure?