Annlyel explores the formula of a potential Ant-man threequel
While Marvel Studios hasn’t confirmed it yet, there are rumors that Ant-Man 3 is indeed in the works and will start filming in the Summer of 2021, revealing that the third film in the franchise will most likely arrive in 2022. While this is surely exciting news for anyone who is a fan of the franchise and the characters within this franchise I’m of the belief that the Ant-Man formula does need a major revamp in tone for these characters to be taken more seriously moving forward.
For both Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp, the films were geared toward a more family-friendly audience, catering more to kids than films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier or the Iron Man movies would with its focus on humor and lighter themes. However, there always has to be a point in a character’s story when the lights turn out and they’re left in the darkness. Then they are faced with the task of returning to the light, knocking down emotional obstacles along the way. It’s why films, like The Empire Strikes Back and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, are so good. It takes these characters that we have grown to love, delivers them a personal challenge that they must overcome, and we watch riveted as the writers present a story that’s dark, full of drama, and presents legitimate stakes.
Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp were practically origin stories but the origin story trope needs to end. Ant-Man 3 needs to be a darker film with a much better and more villainous antagonist for these characters to face. There needs to be some tragedy for the characters to grow emotionally, such as the potential death or near-death of Hank Pym. Like Nick Fury’s “death” in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it would deliver a sense of urgency and seriousness to the story that would suck away the previous goofiness of the last two movies, which the story desperately needs at this point.
Now, this doesn’t mean the humorous factor that we have grown to associate with the Ant-Man movies should come to an end because, as was proven by Avengers: Infinity War, a Marvel movie can be really funny but dark and grave at the same time. But for these characters to finally move beyond their current status, Ant-Man 3 needs to deliver stronger performance, thus stepping into the 90%+ Fresh Club on Rotten Tomatoes with these other Marvel films:
Spider-Man: Far from Home-90%
Captain America: Civil War-91%
Guardians of the Galaxy-91%
Captain America: The Winter Soldier-90%
Who knows, it may even join the $1 billion club that films like Black Panther, Spider-Man: Far from Home, Captain Marvel, and all four Avengers movies have managed to grace.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!