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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Lately, Marvel Studios has been absolutely KILLING IT at the box-office. Between Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, they’ve taken in nearly $3.5 billion in ticket sales, which is no small feat (especially when you think back to when Marvel Entertainment was acquired by Disney for just over $4 billion). But there is one box-office disappointment that no one is really talking about. I’m talking about Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The film hit theaters early in July, and with a solid 88% on Rotten Tomatoes and the momentum of Avengers: Infinity War behind it, you’d think it’d be doing pretty well for itself, right? As of right now, it’s sitting at $449.2 million worldwide — so far underperforming its less ambitious predecessor Ant-Man, which took in well over $500 million worldwide.

So will Marvel actually move forward with a sequel? Speaking on the Empire Film Podcast, producer Stephen Broussard didn’t rule it out, but it doesn’t sound like they’re in active talks:

“I think there’s more to do there. At this point of the process with the first Ant-Man, based on a glimmer of what you saw if you froze your DVD at the right place, we had the idea of ‘What if part two was about finding Janet?’ And it was an inkling of an idea. Nothing’s been announced, I’m not coyly sitting on any announcement. There really is no plans for the next one, but you can’t help but talk as filmmakers and creative people about where you would go next if you ever got the opportunity.”

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Okay, so from a creative standpoint, there is always room to go forward — especially when you’re in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — but as of that interview, they had no plans to go forward…so can we expect those plans to get announced eventually?

Well, based on the numbers I spouted off at the top of the piece, I think that’s highly unlikely. While they don’t exactly need to perform gangbusters to be successes, I think it’s quite telling that this more visual effects-heavy sequel did around $65 million or so less than the first one, and it may have to do with an overall lack of interest. Luckily the film is good, so as far as canon goes, it’s still solid, but as a business, Marvel Studios may look at this film (which is definitely profitable at this one), consider it a monetary success and just divert their resources to other more successful franchises.

What do you think? Based on those figures, do you think an Ant-Man and the Wasp sequel is in the cards? Sound off down below!

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SOURCE: Empire Film Podcast

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.