2017 is set to be the busiest year yet for Marvel Studios. Not only are they expanding their schedule to three films – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok – but they also have numerous other Phase 3 films set to enter production. Black Panther is next up and continues to add cast members ahead of production beginning next week. Shortly after, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 begin their back-to-back filming schedule. The film that will then follow them on the release calendar will be one of the newest Phase 3 additions, Ant-Man & The Wasp.
Ant-Man finally got his debut in 2014 after being stuck in pre-production for years, and Peyton Reed was called upon as a last second replacement after Edgar Wright’s departure. Reed will be back in the director’s chair for the sequel, currently set to bring back Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly in a more prominent role as Hope Van Dyne, and Michael Peña returning as Luis. Now, it has been revealed that they will all begin filming the sequel this June.
My Production Weekly (via Omega Underground) listed the start date and filming city of Atlanta for Ant-Man & The Wasp. This will give the team six months to finish up pre-production, which includes finalizing the script and filling out the cast. Should production indeed begin then, Reed and company will have roughly a year to shoot and edit the film.
It should be noted the Atlanta filming location indicates that once again Marvel Studios will head to Pinewood Studios to film the majority of the movie. Even if Reed would be ready to start filming earlier than June, this may be the earliest date the studio would be available with Black Panther and the next two Avengers movies filming there as well.
The bigger takeaway is the realization that this will be the next property that dominates the majority of Marvel Studios’ official news. Black Panther has filled that role for the past few months, but with casting nearly completed, the studio will be looking to find not only supporting roles, but also the main villain. Who Ant-Man and Wasp will be battling has so far remained a mystery, with no hints about possible antagonists being revealed. They could very well bring in a unique villain, but with the movie believed to take place between the next two Avengers movies, it also could bring in broader antagonists to play into the larger story as.