T.I. Will Not Return for ‘ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA’
Scott Lang’s crew will be down at least one member when Ant-Man returns to theaters in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania. Rapper and actor Clifford “T.I.” Harris will reportedly not be coming back for Marvel Studios’ upcoming size-changing threequel. Harris was a part of both previous Ant-Man films, portraying the titular Avenger’s friend, Dave. His character acted as comedic relief in the franchise, bouncing jokes off his partners and fellow ex-cons, Luis and Kurt. Those two were played to perfection by Michael Pena and David Dastmalchian, respectively. It is unknown if the outspoken musician’s boot from the MCU has anything to do with the multiple sexual assault allegations lobbied against him and his wife, Tameka Harris, earlier today. Production on T.I.‘s VH1 series T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle got shut down last month after the married couple faced prior claims of assault, and after the highly-publicized firing of Gina Carano, likely, Disney wouldn’t want to take any more chances with cast members.
It is possible, however, that the script for Quantumania never included Harris in the first place. Marvel has trimmed side characters from sequels before, most notably throughout the Thor films, and the third Ant-Man looks to be jam-packed with content as it is. Officially announced at December’s Investor’s Day, Quantumania will bring back Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in the titular roles. Peyton Reed is returning in the director’s chair. Also returning are Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfieffer, with Jonathan Majors and Kathryn Newton joining the cast as the time-traveling villain Kang the Conqueror and Lang’s grown-up daughter Cassie. With time-travel and a possible Young Avengers set-up going on, it’s not all that surprising that the employees of X-Con Security might not fit into the scheme of things.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter