This last summer’s Ant-Man may not have been the blockbuster hit that some of the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films have been, but it was still a pretty good (and profitable) film. Frankly, having a lighter, more comedic film sandwiched between the darker Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War was a brilliant move. Although Ant-Man had probably the most complicated journey to the screen (as it predated the shared universe in its development), it paid off.
Marvel’s roadmap has been pretty set over the next several years though, so fans wanting a sequel didn’t have much to hope for. Well, that is until Marvel made an announcement earlier today.
A sequel titled Ant-Man and the Wasp is now on the way, with a release date of July 6, 2018. It’ll be Marvel’s first film with a woman superhero in the title, even if she’s getting second billing.
Of course, this means there will be some scheduling changes to Phase 3. Black Panther is moving up to February 16, 2018, with Captain Marvel (which previously was going to be the first woman headlining film) pushed back to March 8, 2019. It’s a little disappointing that Carol Danvers’s big screen debut will be pushed back, but at least it’ll be because another woman character is getting the spotlight.
We don’t know who’s returning for the film, but it’s assumed Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will reprise their roles.
Be warned, dear reader! There are Ant-Man spoilers beyond this point!
Ant-Man was an incredibly fun addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was a movie that never took itself too seriously, yet added to the continued story that Marvel has been building over the years.
One thing we here at Nerd & Tie were disappointed in, however, was the extreme lack of Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp. It was hinted at numerous times throughout the film that she would be taking up the costume, yet all we really saw of it was a thirty second post-credits sequence in which she never even put the costume on. As you can imagine, this left a lot of fans and moviegoers curious as to the future of this character.
In a Facebook Q&A on Monday, Lilly said she hopes Marvel will bring the character back in future films, adding she’s not been able to actually wear the costume because she’s been “too pregnant” to try it on.
It would be nice to see the character appear in future movies, as Lilly definitely kicked all sorts of butt in Ant-Man, and it would be neat to see her do that on a larger (well, smaller) scale.
Ant-Man is now in theaters.
So we’ve known Evangeline Lilly will be playing Hope Van Dyne in the upcoming Ant-Man, but what her role in the plot will be remains a mystery. Perhaps this picture she posted on Instagram is a hint.
Lots of fans have notice quite a bit of a resemblance to 60s Wasp. If that’s the case, great. Marvel’s getting the idea of these female super heroes, now lets see one of them as the lead!