by: S. Scott Stanikmas
It looks like Marvel Studios has big plans for their smallest heroes.
After doing a decent amount of bank at the box office ($409M worldwide) Marvel Studios has officially announced a sequel to Ant-Man. And fans won’t even have to wait for Phase Four to see it.
Scheduled to hit theaters in summer of 2018 will be the aptly titled Ant-Man and the Wasp. Marvel is touting that this will be their first film released with a female superhero’s name in the title.
This was set up with the first of two post-credit scenes at the end of Ant-Man. The scene in question is when Hope Van Dyne (Evageline Lilly) is shown a prototype Wasp suit (like her mother Janet used to wear) by her inventor father, the original Ant-Man Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). The two then share a look that says it’s time to get this suit battle ready.
Lilly will return to comprise one half of the titular duo, with Paul Rudd also coming back to reprise his role of Scott Lang a.k.a. Ant-Man.
This film takes Black Panther’s spot in the lineup, with T’Challa taking a bump and releasing February 16, 2018 (which is actually closer to the original date it had of November 3, 2017 before the big Sony / Marvel Studios Spider-Man deal).
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige did promise that Wasp would make her debut in Phase Three. Fans all over thought that it would probably be as a bit player in one of the two announced Avengers: The Infinity War films, but now we know better.
Now if we can just get that Black Widow film…