Published Oct 08, 2015We're still a few years off from a number of Marvel's Phase 3 film initiative releases, but the heads of the superhero flick factory have now officially confirmed that the blast of intertwined narratives will include another flick starring the pint-sized Ant-Man. The sequel to this summer's blockbuster Ant-Man is titled Ant-Man and the Wasp, and it's scheduled to screen on July 6, 2018.
As with the first film, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are expected to reprise their respective roles of Scott Lang (a.k.a. Ant-Man) and Hope Van Dyne, respectively.
If you'll remember, a post-credits scene in the first film found the Van Dyne and her father, Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas), staring at a top-secret, winged adventure suit, with the implication being that the daughter would soon become the Wasp. In the comics, Pym's wife Janet Van Dyne was the original Wasp.
Not much else is known about the film thus far, but it's worth noting, as Marvel did, that Ant-Man and the Wasp is the first film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise to feature the heroine in the title. The next film to do so will be Captain Marvel, which is now expected to open March 8, 2019.
The news of a second Ant-Man flick has juggled a few other properties around, with the MCU's Black Panther being pushed to a February 18, 2018 release date.
Additionally, the company has revealed that "three untitled Marvel Studios films" are now on the docket, and have been given due dates of May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.
As hinted in this summer's Ant-Man, Rudd is next scheduled to appear in Captain America: Civil War, which will hit screens May 5, 2016.
You can read Exclaim!'s review of Ant-Man over here.