Since The Avengers cemented the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as one of the biggest film franchises of all time, Marvel Studios has been able to make some bold choices with its subsequent projects. Sure, sequels for marquee heroes like Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America have hit theaters, but among them, Marvel has taken chances with more obscure titles like Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange, which take the MCU into the cosmic and mystical realms, respectively. However, sandwiched in between the 2014 and 2016 releases of those two gambles was another of Marvel Studios’ riskiest installments.
When it was first announced years ago, Ant-Man had acclaimed director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) attached to bring the hero — armed with a technology that allows him to shrink and enlarge in size as well as communicate with insects — to the screen in a way only he could. Though Wright ultimately left the project, the casting of Paul Rudd, the playful script, and Peyton Reed’s spot-on direction retained a quirky charm that helped Ant-Man become another box office success story for Marvel. Just a few months after the film hit theaters, Marvel officially announced a sequel, titled Ant-Man and the Wasp. Here’s what we know about the film so far.
1. The film will be released in summer 2018
Phase Three of the MCU is jam-packed with a staggering 10 films, easily besting the six film lineups of the first two waves of Marvel releases. The Ant-Man sequel will sneak into the latter part of the current release schedule, with a planned theatrical run starting on July 6, 2018. That date puts it almost exactly three years after the first film’s debut and — along with Captain Marvel — makes it one of two films sandwiched between Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled fourth Avengers film. It’s unknown exactly how Rudd’s Scott Lang will factor into the larger story, but there’s a chance we may not see him much until his second headlining adventure. As seen in the tweet below, Disney recently announced that production has kicked off.
— Disney (@Disney) August 1, 2017