A release date has been announced for Ant-Man and the Wasp, a sequel to last summer’s hit superhero flick starring Paul Rudd. The movie will be in theaters July 6, 2018. This date impacts the scheduling of other high-profile Marvel projects. It means that Black Panther will be pushed from July 6, 2018 to Feb. 16, 2018, and that Captain Marvel will be moved back from Nov. 2, 2018 to March 8, 2019.
Sony also scheduled three untitled Marvel movies for 2020: on May 1, July 10 and Nov. 6.
Clearly, Disney and company are not planning to set this film up as a straight sequel. The title makes it obvious that reformed criminal Scott Lang will not be the sole focus of the second movie. Hope van Dyne/The Wasp, played by Rudd’s co-star Evangeline Lilly, will also have an important role. Pym’s showing Hope a superhero suit tailor-made for her during the end credits of last movie was a strong indication that Hope would not be sitting on the sidelines much longer,
The Inquisitr points out that “[w]hat many fans want to know is how Wasp will fit into the long-term story. A possible storyline was already hinted at in Ant-Man, with Hank Pym possibly asking Scott Lang to see if he can find his supposed dead wife. Since Lang has already proven that he found a way to override the perpetual shrinking process, he might be able to recover the original suit and give Hank some closure as he finally buries his late wife and Hope’s mother.”
Expectations will be high for the sequel. The first film earned over $400 million worldwide at the box office.