Ant-Man & The Wasp has kicked off production! Get all the news you need to know right here!
Ant-Man, released in 2015, represented the culmination of nearly a decade of delays, directorial shake-ups and numerous script revisions. Showcasing a most unlikely of cinematic centerpieces with a version of Marvel’s proportionally protean Avenger team member, the payoff would be substantial, yielding a $519.3 million global gross.
Now, director Peyton Reed returns behind the camera for sequel Ant-Man & The Wasp with star Paul Rudd as the insect-size-shrinking hero, joined atop the marquee by Evangeline Lilly, who – as revealed in the first film’s mid-credits scene – will assume the role of the sequel’s co-titular Wasp in a scale-shattering team-up blockbuster.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s smallest (and biggest) superhero(es) will be back in front of cameras in July and there are no surprises when it comes to the shoot location for the sequel – Atlanta’s Pinewood facility, which has been the home of many-a-Marvel production to date.
Ant-Man & The Wasp News
Ant-Man & The Wasp has kicked off production! Marvel made the announcement with a teaser video that showcases the film’s logo and culminates with a set of appropriately-tiny director’s chairs for the titular toplining duo.
Ant-Man & The Wasp Release Date
Ant-Man & The Wasp opens on July 6th, 2018.
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Ant-Man & The Wasp Cast
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Peña will all reprise their Ant-Man roles, as will their characters’ sagely overseer Michael Douglas, who revealed the state of his goatee on Facebook in his confirmation for the production’s July 2017 kickoff
Additionally, the nigh-ubiquitous David Dastmalchian returns, as will rapper/actor T.I.
Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) will play Jimmy Woo, a SHIELD agent familiar to fans of Marvel’s Agents of Atlas series (via The Tracking Board). The character of Woo has actually been around since the pre-SHIELD days of the 1950s, although he became a SHIELD agent when characters from the earlier comics were absorbed into the Marvel Universe in the 1960s.
Hannah John-Kamen will join the cast of Ant-Man & The Wasp for what will apparently be a “key role” in the film, reports Variety. For now, that is the extent of what is known about John-Kamen’s casting in the Marvel cinematic sequel. The U.K.-born Hannah John-Kamen, known for her role on the space-set Syfy ensemble series Killjoys. John-Kamen has been notably seen in two separate episodes of the popular horror anthology series Black Mirror, fielded a recurring role on Game of Thrones in 2016’s Season 6 and played a nameless First Order officer in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She’ll also appear in Steven Spielberg’s 2018 video game-centric sci-fi thriller Ready Player One and have a supporting role in director Roar Uthaug’s 2018 Tomb Raider reboot film, which stars Alicia Vikander as the new Lara Croft.
Judy Greer is confirmed for a return in Ant-Man & The Wasp, reports Deadline. The actress appeared in 2015’s original Ant-Man as Maggie, the ex-wife of Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang/Ant-Man and mother of his daughter. Maggie’s engagement to police detective Paxton (Bobby Cannavale) made things awkward for (former thief) Scott’s secret size-adjusting superhero exploits. It will be interesting to catch up with Maggie, who clearly still has residual feelings for Scott, and see how she reacted to everything that went down in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, which left Scott a fugitive, due to his involvement in Captain America’s anti-Sokovia Accords rebellion.
Michelle Pfeiffer has been cast as Janet van Dyne, the mother of Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne. Janet is the original Wasp. Hope received her mother’s suit at the end of Ant-Man. This news was revealed at the Marvel Studios SDCC panel.
Other castings were also announced at SDCC include:
Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight) is playing Sonny Burch.
Randall Park (The Interview) is agent Jimmy Woo of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) is Dr. Bill Foster.
Ant-Man & The Wasp Villain
Mr. Reed confirmed at a press event for the Ant-Man Blu-ray last year (with Den of Geek‘s Don Kaye in attendance) that they already have a “definite take” on who the villain will be this time around. That’s all they said.