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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Marvel Announces ANT-MAN AND THE WASP for Phase 3


At last, here comes the winsome Wasp!

Marvel has officially announced that this summer's film Ant-Man will be getting a sequel in 2018, titled Ant-Man and the Wasp.  Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are expected to return in their respective roles of Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne, and Marvel mentioned not-so-subtly that this will be the first Marvel Studios film named after a female superhero.

In a mid-credits scene following the original Ant-Man film, Michael Douglas' character Hank Pym shows his daughter Hope a new Wasp prototype suit and offers it to her, nicely setting up the Wasp's debut in the sequel.

In addition, Marvel revealed there will be three new Marvel Cinematic Universe films in 2020, building on the sizable Phase 3, although they didn't describe which characters would be featured.

The addition of Ant-Man and the Wasp has caused some shuffling in the MCU release schedule, which now looks like this...

May 6, 2016 -- Captain America: Civil War
November 4, 2016 -- Doctor Strange
May 5, 2017 -- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
July 28, 2017 -- Untitled Spider-Man Film
November 3, 2017 -- Thor: Ragnarok
February 16, 2018 -- Black Panther
May 4, 2018 -- Avengers: Infinity War Part 1
June 6, 2018 -- Ant-Man and the Wasp
March 8, 2019 -- Captain Marvel
May 3, 2019 -- Avengers: Infinity War Part 2
July 12, 2019 -- Inhumans
May 1, 2020 -- Mystery Film #1
July 10, 2020 -- Mystery Film #2
November 6, 2020 -- Mystery Film #3

To date, the first Ant-Man film has made over $178 million domestically and over $409 million worldwide, with a reported production budget of $130 million.  


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