Marvel is doubling down on Ant-Man.
The studio announced Thursday that they are adding a sequel to this summer’s Paul Rudd-starring film to their upcoming “Phase 3” slate of films, called Ant-Man and the Wasp. “The Wasp” refers to the female superhero who can shrink like Ant-Man. In the comics the Wasp’s alter-ego was Janet Van Dyne, but the first Ant-Man film suggested the mantle would be taken on by her daughter, Hope, portrayed by Evangeline Lilly.
Ant-Man and the Wasp will hit theaters on July 6, 2018. The new film shifts Marvel’s announced slate slightly, with Black Panther moving up to Feb. 16, 2018 and Captain Marvel being pushed back to March 8, 2019.
The studio cited the box office success of the first Ant-Man film in the announcement. According to Marvel it has earned has earned $178.5 million domestically and $231.3 million internationally for a global total of $409.8 million.
The studio also announced three addition untitled films to hit theaters on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and Nov. 6, 2020.
This is not the first time Marvel has shaken up their upcoming line-up since they first announced it in Oct. of 2014. In February of this year they announced a new Spider-Man film for 2017, starring Tom Holland as the web-slinger, after a deal with Sony allowed the character to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which pushed several movies back, including Captain Marvel. That film, which will follow female superhero Carol Danvers, was originally to be Marvel’s first film with a female title character, a milestone that Ant-Man and the Wasp will now take.
By Kelly Lawler