The Ant-Man and the Wasp actress is reportedly leaving the new film
Next summer, Marvel Studios The ant Man the franchise continues with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) from director Peyton Reed.
Reed’s previous Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) brought back Paul Rudd as Scott Lang AKA the titular Avenger, Evangeline Lilly (Hope van Dyne/Wasp), and debuted a new MCU villain in the form of Hannah John’s Ava Starr/Ghost. – Kamen. While Rudd and Lilly are currently filming the The ant Man threequel, John-Kamen was to star in another adaptation, Sonja Red (to be determined), but the actress would have left the concert.
After beginning his MCU tenure, the The ant Man franchise slowly gained momentum. The ant Man (2015) raked in a generous $500 million box office worldwide upon release, but Marvel’s iconic superhero’s imprint on moviegoers has steadily grown with Reed’s sequel which posted more than $600 million.
Of course, now Disney+ has both Marvel movies in its extensive database, which means fans can get their fix of Paul Rudd AKA 2021’s Sexiest Man as Ant-Man when they wish. While the character’s freshman outing began as a solo adventure, 2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp created one of the most popular teams in the MCU when Lilly’s Hope van Dyne became Wasp to carry on her mother’s legacy.
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Hope’s mother, Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), was one of the newcomers Ant-Man and the Wasp. Among the larger cast were Michael Peña (Luis), Walton Goggins (Sonny Burch), Bobby Cannavale (Jim Paxton), Judy Greer (Maggie), Laurence Fishburne (Bill Foster) and Randall Park (Jimmy Woo). Another newcomer to the MCU and The ant Man world was Hannah John-Kamen.
John-Kamen’s Ava Starr AKA Ghost Acted As Pseudo-Villain For Ant-Man and the Wasp, with the character searching for a cure for his significant molecular instability. When casting John-Kamen as a historically male comic book character, producer Stephen Broussard said the Marvel movie wanted a lesser-known actress to reprise the role of Ghost.
After John-Kamen’s starring role in one of Marvel’s great sequel films – a film that ushered in the groundbreaking Quantum Realm that largely informed the Russo Brothers Avengers: Endgame (2019) – the actress then appeared in Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021), importunate (2022), and was cast in the lead role in Millennium Films’ Sonja Red (TBD) in May last year
However, a new report discovered that John-Kamen had left the project, along with director, producer and co-writer, Joey Soloway, who had been booked for the Marvel Comics adaptation in 2019. The Sonja Red The film would have already found its next director in MJ Bassett (death watch, Silent Hill: Revelation, Inside the Man: Most Wanted) who will now be the third helmsman attached to the Conan the Barbarian (1982) spin-off.
Disgraced x-men (2000) director, Bryan Singer, was originally slated to direct the film, but due to backlash surrounding his sexual abuse allegations, Sonja Red was removed from the list of films with Singer.
While Sonja Red is back on track with Bassett, the movie studio has reportedly launched a casting call for the titular character’s John-Kamen role. It will be interesting to see if this adaptation of Roy Thomas and Barry Smith’s Hyrkanian Warrior fare better than Richard Fleischer’s 1985 iteration of the same name, where Brigitte Nielsen played the eponymous character and Arnold Schwarzenegger played Lord. Kalidor.
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As for Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaJohn-Kamen is unlikely to return as Ava Starr/Ghost, but Rudd and Lilly have been confirmed to be joined once again by Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) and Kathryn Newton (Cassie Lang). The latter replaces Emma Fuhrmann in the role of Scott Lang’s daughter; the actress played the role in Avengers: Endgame.
Then, after his turn of The One Who Remains in Tom Hiddleston Loki, Jonathan Majors will return as the next big MCU villain, Kang the Conqueror. Bill Murray also stars in an undisclosed role.
It hasn’t been easy navigating for Reed’s next film as Wasp star Evangeline Lilly is currently being criticized for her controversial views on vaccination mandates and her support for Canadian trucker protests. At present, she is still attached to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
The film is set to be released on July 28, 2023.
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