Rejoice! Marvel Studios continues their dominance of the entertainment industry by announcing a sequel to one of 2015’s best movies. After the success of Ant-Man, it has been officially announced that Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) will appear next year in Captain America: Civil War. It has only been rumored/speculated that Ant-Man (and others) will appear in future Avengers movies. Well now we know the next time we will see Ant-Man and company.
Ant-Man and The Wasp will be released on July 6, 2018.
In an announcement directly from Marvel, the studio confirms that Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will be reprising their roles as Ant-Man and Wasp, respectively. This is great news, and somewhat surprising, honestly. After all the behind-the-scenes turmoil it took to get the first Ant-Man film off the ground, the hero’s future didn’t look to bright.
At one point in 2014, all hope was lost. Edgar Wright had left the project. Some of the actors expressed their worry for the film. The director of Yes Man had been announced to take over the film. It was a confusing time, but we all know how the story developed. It was announced that Paul Rudd and Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) would add to Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s script, and it turns out that Peyton Reed is a huge nerd and just the man for the job. The film was released to a great reception, I loved the film myself, and we were looking forward to seeing Lang again in Civil War.
Ant-Man has made $178 Million domestically, with a worldwide total of $409 Million. Now, that’s nothing compared to Avengers: Age of Ultron’s billion dollar haul, but it was enough of a success that Marvel is moving forward with a sequel.
Ant-Man felt like the step-brother of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was in development before the MCU existed, and (if rumors are to be believed) it was the franchise inclusions into the script that forced Wright to leave the project. So while Falcon, Hydra, and other Marvel nods are included, Ant-Man still felt like its own movie, separate from the greater universe. It’s great to see this franchise move forward as a fully fledged member of the Marvel family. Before we get Ant-Man and the Wasp, we will most likely have seen both of them already that summer in Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1.
So not only am I ecstatic that Ant-Man is getting a sequel, I love the title and what it means for the franchise. Mavel noted in its announcement that “The sequel will mark the first Marvel Studios film named after its heroine.” In the ongoing conversation regarding gender equality in superhero films, it seems as though Marvel is taking new ground in the fight. Though their Captain Marvel film has to be pushed back to a new release date, Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp will official debut in 2018, a welcome addition to the female superhero line-up.
In addition to the Ant-Man and The Wasp announcement, Marvel has also moved around their upcoming Phase 3 slate to accommodate the new film. In the same way as when Spider-Man 2017 was announced, the release schedule of Marvel films has proven to be fluid, moving around when need be.
The current Phase 3 lineup is as follows:
- May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War
- November 4, 2016: Doctor Strange
- May 5, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2
- July 28, 2017: Untitled Spider-Man Reboot
- November 3, 2017: Thor: Ragnorok
- February 16, 2018: Black Panther
- May 4, 2018: Avengers: Infinity War- Part 1
- July 6, 2018: Ant-Man and The Wasp
- March 8, 2019: Captain Marvel
- May 3, 2019: Avengers: Infinity War- Part 2
- July 12, 2020: Inhumans
I know that is a lot to take in . . . so we won’t even talk about how this announcement also includes the minor detail that Marvel has placed three more release date flags spanning 2020 and 2021. Now that is just a little too much Marvel news, even for me. Without getting overwhelmed by the future, the fact still stands, it is a great time to be a nerd. We have tons of superhero films being released over the next 5 years. An Ant-Man sequel is an unexpected surprise, and I couldn’t be more excited!