Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is shaping up to be a prominent playing piece in the MCU's Phase 4.
With Jonathan Majors making his MCU debut in the Loki finale on Disney+, the arrival of Kang the Conqueror is just around the corner. Majors is set to return to the franchise in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania as Kang, which has just recently begun filming, giving the heroes of the Quantum Realm a more than worthy adversary in the upcoming film.
The first two installments of the Ant-Man trilogy have been known to be more light-hearted than other movies throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Paul Rudd brings a uniquely fun charisma to the screen, but he isn't the only actor in the films that can make fans roll in their seats from laughter.
Rudd's character, Scott Lang, previously worked at a security company called VistaCorp alongside three of his colleagues; Luis (Michael Peña), Dave (Tip 'T.I.' Harris), and Kurt (David Dastmalchian).
Throughout Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp, the group of Scott's coworkers has had multiple highlight-reel comedic moments and have all become central keys to the story in the eyes of fans.
Many have been hoping for Peña, Harris, and Dastmalchian to return for Quantumania so they can continue to display their comedic chemistry with one another, but a recent quote from one of these actors leaves the question up in the air.
DAVID DASTMALCHIAN'S QUESTIONABLE RETURN
In a recent interview with ComicBook, Kurt actor David Dastmalchian sat down and shed some light on his future with the Ant-Man franchise.
Dastmalchian stated that he "honestly (doesn't) know" whether he will be returning to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania or not:
"Well, unfortunately with the world of Ant-Man... I honestly don't know where I'm going next."
The Dark Knight actor also discussed two upcoming films that he will be starring in, including the DCU's The Suicide Squad and how "awesome" it is that director James Gunn can "go bonkers," but that it is a "drawback" to jump from a family-friendly film to an R-rated film:
"Right now I'm actually working on an R... I think it's an R-rated movie, The Last Voyage of the Demeter, but having come from Ant-Man, a really fun family-friendly PG movie, to The Suicide Squad, the only drawback... I mean, it's awesome that James [Gunn] could go as bonkers as he wanted to go with the violence and the language and all of the comedy."
Dastmalchian ended by talking about his two children, stating that they are "so freaking excited" about seeing The Suicide Squad,but also that "they're not seeing the movie" due to the R-rating:
"But the only sad thing about all of that is I have two kids in my house who are so freaking excited about a movie that they are not going to see for about another six or seven years and they don't know that yet. To them, this is like weeks away. Like, 'Dads Polka-Dot Man, we're going to see the movie.' They don't know, they're not seeing the movie."
A HOPEFUL RETURN FOR KURT IN QUANTUMANIA
Obviously, it would be difficult to go from one project to another as an actor, especially when they're so vastly different.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be wildly different from The Suicide Squad. Even though both films are set in a comic book universe and will share a comedic nature, one will be catered to adults while the other will be a movie that a family can enjoy together.
Dastmalchian has to do what he feels is best for his career and his family, but he is definitely a crucial part of the Ant-Man franchise. The chemistry that he has formed with Michael Peña and Tip 'T.I.' Harris would be greatly missed, but hopefully, he will return as Kurt and provide fans with more on-the-floor moments in the upcoming film.
With filming just getting underway for Quantumania and a 2023 release date, Dastmalchian still has time to make an official decision.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will release in 2023.