Marvel Studios has confirmed that production is officially underway on the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp. As implied by its title, the movie sees Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) as Wasp join forces, in order to battle nefarious forces in the MCU. The mid-credits scene in director Peyton Reed's first Ant-Man film set the stage for Hope to don her mother's Wasp supersuit in the MCU, but the sequel (which Reed is also directing) will mark the first-time that the character is shown actually suiting up on the big screen.
During Marvel Studios' Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, a number of key, additional Ant-Man and the Wasp cast members were confirmed as being part of the movie's acting ensemble. Joining Rudd and Lilly, as well as Michael Douglas (back as Hank "The Original Ant-Man" Pym), are Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne and Hannah John-Kamen as both friends and foes to the eponymous superheroes. However, none of those actors are to be found in the first official video from the movie's set.
In keeping with the tongue-in-cheek marketing approach that Marvel Studios used to promote the first Ant-Man, the official start of production video released for Ant-Man and the Wasp includes appropriately-sized chairs for its titular, pint-sized superheroes. You can check out said video in the space above, then read on for the official synopsis for the film (which, by the sound of it, will take place before the events of Avengers: Infinity War, but after Captain America: Civil War).
In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
Pfeiffer is confirmed to be costarring in the film as Janet van Dyne - the original Wasp and Hope's mother (not to mention, Hank's wife), who has been trapped in the Quantum Realm for several decades by the time the Ant-Man sequel picks up. It has been confirmed that the 2019 MCU solo film Captain Marvel will revisit the Quantum Realm (which was introduced to the MCU in the first Ant-Man), but Ant-Man and the Wasp will shed more light on that mysterious micro-dimension prior to that. Janet's return will further allow the Ant-Man sequel to continue one of the central plot threads in its predecessor - namely, how Hank and Hope's relationship was damaged in the aftermath of her mother's sacrifice and subsequent entrapment in the Quantum Realm.
Janet isn't the only person from Hank's past who will be appearing in Ant-Man and the Wasp, either. Fishburne is playing Dr. Bill Foster, aka. the size-changing superhero Goliath, who may or may not be coming out of retirement (?) in the film to help Scott, Hope and Hank battle their new enemy - presumed to be Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins), the Cross Technologies executive who looks to have assumed control of the company following Darren Cross' demise in the first Ant-Man. All things considered though, the addition of such seasoned heavy-hitters as Goggins, Fishburne and Pfeiffer to the Ant-Man and the Wasp cast alone bodes well for this sequel, however their characters ultimately wind up fitting into the movie's larger narrative.
Source: Marvel Studios
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019