Marvel Studios is no stranger to busy, chaotic times after practically revolutionizing the entertainment industry over the past nine years with their creation and continuation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But even with that being said, the studio is entering into possibly the busiest period it's ever faced. In addition to the year-long production schedule for Avengers: Infinity War and Untitled Avengers 4 Film, Marvel is also currently shooting 2018's Black Panther standalone film, with the two productions happening concurrently. And to top all of that off, they're about to begin principal photography on Ant-Man and the Wasp, the long-awaited sequel to their 2015 film.
Director Peyton Reed is returning to direct the sequel that will find both Paul Rudd's Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne suiting up as their respective superhero characters for another crime-fighting adventure. Michael Douglas' Hank Pym is expected to return, with some fans and reports also theorizing that the sequel could feature the return of Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp, though nothing official has been confirmed as of yet.
As Marvel officially starts on pre-production for Ant-Man and the Wasp this week, Production Weekly (via MCUExchange) is reporting that the film's working title is Cherry Blue. There's no telling what the possible significance of that working title may be since Marvel is notorious at giving its films mysterious working titles. Sometimes they have a connection to the actual story of the film, other times they don't, and with Cherry Blue, it's hard to know for sure here, especially since not much is known about the sequel's plot.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is expected to begin official principal photography later this June, though, which means fans can likely look forward to more details and casting announcements in the coming months. As Marvel has done with a number of their previous projects, the film's official plot synopsis will likely be released when production actually starts, which will hopefully shed more light on the plot, characters, and themes of the new film. And it should be pointed out that since this is set to come out before Brie Larson's Captain Marvel standalone film, Ant-Man and the Wasp will also be a first for Marvel, with a female character getting her name in the title and effectively being a co-lead in the film.
For many fans, that's been a long time coming, after years of audiences and critics calling for more female representation in the comic book genre. With DC set to release Wonder Woman, Marvel's lack of female-driven superhero films has become more noticeable over the years. Hope for a Black Widow standalone film has been steadily growing, and it looks like, that wish could be fulfilled sometime after Avengers: Infinity War and in Phase 4 of the MCU. But until then, Ant-Man and the Wasp will have to do, and luckily for Marvel, Evangeline Lilly's Hope was one of the more well-liked aspects of the first Ant-Man, which should help to build hype for this sequel to one of Marvel's more low-key successes.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019