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Peyton Reed may return to direct Ant-Man and the Wasp

Following the surprising success of Ant-Man this past summer, director Peyton Reed may be returning to the franchise.

Unlike previous Marvel films like Iron-Man and Captain America: First Soldier, it wasn't immediately clear if Ant-Man, which starred Paul Rudd in the titular role, would receive a sequel. After pulling in $454 million worldwide, however, the film surpassed the studio's expectations and a second movie was announced on Oct. 8.

Reed, who became a bit of a controversial figure after replacing Edgar Wright on the original film, is in talks with the studio to helm the new installment, Ant-Man and the Waspaccording to The Hollywood Reporter.

There are currently no screenwriters attached to the film, but considering Wright (who helped pen the first feature) dropped out of the role after calling out Marvel for their infamous creative control over director's vision, it's almost entirely certain he won't be returning for this one.

Lately, Marvel has been plucking writers from their own in-house writing program, giving scribes like Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Joe Robert Cole (rumored for Black Panther) the opportunity to take what they've learned and apply it to the studio's Cinematic Universe.

Still, the sequel is set for a 2018 release date, so expect to hear more about who will be writing the feature relatively soon.

Fans can catch Ant-Man on screen a little sooner than that, however, as he's been announced as one of the many superheroes that will star alongside the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War on May 5, 2016.