On a day when we’ve learned about how upcoming MCU films’ release dates will move due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re also learning a key fact about Ant-Man 3. Marvel hasn’t officially announced the third Ant-Man solo film yet, but it’s happening. And they’ve found a writer. Peyton Reed will return to direct, and via The Hollywood Reporter, Jeff Loveness will write the next Ant-Man film.

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The Hollywood Reporter shared the exclusive on Friday and confirmed Loveness is already at work on the project. Given the shuffled MCU release schedule though, we’re not sure when Ant-Man 3 will flip into full production, let alone hit theaters. The movie will presumably see the return of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. We last saw the constantly amusing hero in 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp and then 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. Lang provided crucial information to reversing Thanos’ death-delivering snap. I’m looking forward to seeing what Lang’s up to in the (somewhat) newly saved world.

For one thing, his daughter grew up during the lost time. Cassie Lang is a teenager now. Will Ant-Man 3 lean at all into the Young Avengers? In the comics, she becomes Stature. And I’m all about watching Lang trying to navigate having a daughter in the superhero biz.

Loveness feels like a terrific choice to pen Ant-Man 3. He has a strong background in comedy. He’s written for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Onion News Network, the Emmys and the Oscars, and for the fan-favorite Rick and Morty. He’s penned comic books too, including stories starring Captain America, Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman among others.

Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, and Paul Rudd contributed to the first Ant-Man film. Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari wrote Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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Amy Ratcliffe is the Managing Editor for Nerdist and the author of Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy. Follow her on Twitter.