Marvel Gives ‘Ant-Man’ An Official 2015 Release Date [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 11th, 2013 at 1:05 pm,

Ant Man 2015 Release Date Marvel Gives Ant Man An Official 2015 Release Date [Updated]

[Update: Sept 10, 2013 – Marvel Studios moves up Ant-Man release date to July 2015.]

At San Diego Comic-Con this summer, Edgar Wright made a welcome appearance during the Marvel Studios Iron Man 3 presentation, and for the first time in over five years, had something to show fans for the seemingly forgotten Ant-Man. He and Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige premiered incomplete test footage of an Ant-Man action sequence to showcase the relatively obscure character and how his ability to alter his size could work in live-action in a believable and interesting way.

For the hyper-excited 6000 attendees, the brief Ant-Man tease did not disappoint. Still, while unveiling “Phase Two” of the Marvel cinematic universe with four confirmed release dates, Ant-Man was the only confirmed title not to be given a release date. After years of speculation, rumors and reports, that changes today.

Disney just distributed their updated schedule of upcoming film releases for the next three years. Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World both come in 3D next year. Captain America: The Winter Soldier maintains its 2014 spring release date, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy in August 2014. The Avengers 2 and its May 2015 release date wasn’t mentioned, but at the end of the list was a very pleasant surprise for the Marvel faithful:

ANT-MAN is now dated on 11/6/15 wide (Marvel)

And there we have it. Marvel Studios will stick to its (more feasible) plan of two major theatrical releases per year and Ant-Man will release November 6, 2015, six months after The Avengers 2. Previous rumors of course, had Ant-Man possibly shooting early next year, after Thor 2 completes principal photography and just before Captain America 2 begins in the spring, for a 2014 release. Such a production schedule would allow Edgar Wright enough time to finish shooting The World’s End while and give Marvel a slight gap in between other productions.

Captain America 2 Ant Man Production Dates Marvel Gives Ant Man An Official 2015 Release Date [Updated]

Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito, Co- President of Marvel Studios, both previously hinted that Ant-Man may actually come in 2014, marking the first time the studio could release three films in one year. It would depend on the reception to the Comic-Con test footage and the resources of the studio. That was our going assumption until just before The Avengers hit home video and I chatted with D’Esposito myself, who at the time, had changed his tune, revealing that they were now very unsure of their current ability to get three films done for one year. They simply didn’t want to get too ambitious and spread their people too thin.

For Ant-Man fans in doubt, there couldn’t be better news at this juncture. With James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy a reality, Marvel Studios is not afraid to take big budget risks after the success of The Avengers, and Ant-Man is simply another example of their faith in their creative talent and branding.

What this also means is that the Ant-Man character will almost certainly be introduced in The Avengers 2 and given his own time to shine after. We also know from Wright’s early descriptions of his screenplay, that it would be more of a spy movie, indicating that Ant-Man could be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, just one with a superpower. With Captain America 2 casting rumors making the rounds, and its focus on the mysterious organization, it’s also possible they could introduce the character there. One rumor even has the introduction happening in the Iron Man 3 post-credits scene.

The burning question now is who will Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios select to play the Marvel hero who the director said “will kick you ass one inch at a time”? Be sure to check out our own list of 10 actors who Marvel should consider for Ant-Man.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.


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  1. I am truly happy that ant-man finally gets realese in 2015 ant-man von,t be in the avengers 2 but he will be in the avengers 3 and 2 more ant-man movies in the future marvel movies.

  2. Hopefully Ant Man will appear in Avengers 2, it makes sense. What better way to prep a audience for an underrated lesser known superhero than to put him with the big guns like Thor and Iron Man. Plus, seeing geniuses like Bruce Banner and Hank Pym together with Tony Stark would be awesome.

    • I agree. God, if Reed Richards was owned by Marvel it would be the ultimate Battle of the Brains!

  3. I’m happy and disappointed at the same time…
    I still think that ANT-MAN should be out at least along or before The 2nd Avengers, cause yeah… I definitely want to see the 3 smart guys (Tony, Banner and Pym) duke it out in an exchange (if not battle) of wits hahaha
    Still hoping that at least Hank and Janet will be introduced on the ensemble movie though… and why do I now sense that Josh Holloway and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were scouted for these characters instead? Hmmm…. (NOT Complaining at all hahaha)

  4. Theory:

    Hank Pym gets introduced towards the end of Iron Man 3, maybe post credits scene.

    Marvel develops the Hank Pym character and ONLY the Hank Pym character for a chunk of the series during the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. As we get closer to The Avengers 2, Hank will become Ant-Man. Same will be done for Janet as The Wasp.

    The Avengers 2 will have Ant-Man & Wasp in major roles similar to, but stronger than, Hawkeye and Black Widow in The Avengers.

    Post credits Avengers 2 = Hank Pym building Ultron. Sets up Ultron as the major villain for the next Avengers movie.

    Ant-Man will contain our first taste of Ultron, similar to how Loki went from Thor to Avengers as the villain.

    Ultron will create Vision from a life model decoy of Agent Coulson during that movie.

    There’s your setup for Phase 3.

    • Brilliant!

    • I think most comic fans agree that Ultron would be the ShizNit

    • Awesome theory.

      The only thing I’m against is using Agent Coulson to create the Vision – that goes against who Coulson is (a reasonably average and relatable man, in the presence of gods and monsters) – turning him into “one of them” wouldn’t feel right to me.

      Vision should still get made though, but it shouldn’t have anything to do with Coulson: in Cap:TFA there was an easter egg with the original Human Torch – SHIELD probably has him stashed away somewhere so have Ultron break into the Hellicarier or a SHIELD base and take him – Ultron then creates the Vision using him. That would be more in line with the comics I think and would add some extra action to the movie (that scene could be the first time where the audience sees Ultron’s true power)

      • Im not sure we will see Thanos till Avengers 3 which will allow for Pym and whom ever else Marvel brings to the silver screen to be ready for the big battle, so im not sure we will get to see Ultron until after the Third. That said Id like to Ultron make his debute however, I wonder if the Average Movie goer wont think that the Avengers are fighting the Terminator. As far as Vision goes, I will absolutely hate it if they bring Coulson back as the Vision.

    • That is absolutely the way the Marvel franchise should do it!!!

  5. I think Antman should be released on March 2015 or perhaps November 2014 so he could be included on Avengers 2. That would certainly make Avengers 2 even better and for me a very interesting movie to look forward to. I also think they should include Wasp on Antman and of course Avengers 2. Joss is known for his writing of strong women so I wouldn’t hesitate about him considering it. And also November 2015 is too far away!

    • I don’t need ‘Antman’ to be pumped for ‘Avengers 2′ which i already am. Eventhough there’s other ‘Avengers’ i’m looking more forwrad to seeing it will be cool to see how they bring him to the big screen. Actaully ‘Antman’s’ creations of ‘Vision’ & ‘Ultron’ interests me more than him, now ‘Giant Man’ is another story, i would love seeing him on the big screen.

    • ~What if I told you that Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne could still be in Avengers 2, even though Ant-Man is coming out after that movie~

      If anything, having them in Avengers 2 would get the casual viewers to pay attention and kinda help “sell” Ant-Man to them.

  6. cant wait to see how ANT-MAN will look like

  7. the most want an actor who looks too good for the part. if you know the comics,then you know that he is not a super model type, he is more like banner.

    • No need to be a supermodel to look good. :-)

  8. I think Ant Man will be hinted at in the Iron Man 3 post credits scene and will be referenced or cameoed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He will appear in Avengers 2 and then his own film. Sometime in between Ant Man and Avengers 3 he should have his Giant Man suit. I’m just wondering who the villain will be in the Ant Man movie. Probably Radioactive Man but I’m not too fluent on Ant Mans rogues gallery. I think of Ultron more as a Avengers villain.

  9. As long as this leads to Ultron in Avengers 3 (and the Wasp!), then I am way on board. Edgar Wright is one of the best directors out there today, so Pym and his particles are in great hands.

    • I hear you man, ‘Ant Man’ is cool and i know he’s a key member to the ‘Avengers’ and all, but i can’t say i’m through the roof about him as a character. However i’m looking forward to seeing him on the big screen and see how he plays out. But i’m like you, i really want see ‘Black Panther’ on the big screen badly, he needs his time to shine. If “Ant Man” turns out to be the beginning of ‘Phase 3′ instead of a part of ‘Phase 2′ than that long awaited “Black Panther” film becomes a strong possibility as part of ‘Phase 2′, one thing’s for sure is we’ll see.

    • This is great news!! Hank Pym is a complicated character, but he was by far the best Ant-Man. Scott Lang had a few good runs, but really he is just a thief. His daughter, on the other hand, would be a very good intro if they ever decided to do a Young Avengers.

  10. ah, but Reed and the rest of the Fantastic Four are now owned by Marvel again. at some-point perhaps he’ll show up to educate Banner, Stark, and Pym. Richards is in a class of his own… ;)