Ant-Man might be a small superhero, but his performance in the box office was huge. After the success of this year's "Ant-Man" film, a sequel was announced Thursday which will be released in 2018 called "Ant-Man And The Wasp."
Marvel said superhero Scott Lang will return along with sidekick Hope Van Dyne in the new movie, but did not specify who would play the roles. In "Ant-Man" Paul Rudd starred as Lang, while Evangeline Lilly played Van Dyne. The first film hinted at Van Dyne becoming the Wasp after she found the Wasp suit towards the end. The upcoming sequel will also be the first time there's been a heroine in the a Marvel film title.
The dates of other future planned Marvel movies had their dates shifted once again. “Black Panther” will be moving to Feb. 16, 2018 and “Captain Marvel” to March 8, 2019. The release dates for "Black Panther" and "Captain Marvel" have already been shifted a few times before, as "Black Panther" was originally planned for Nov. 3, 2017 and "Captain Marvel" was July 6, 2018.
In addition to the "Ant-Man" sequel announcement, Marvel also revealed three untitled films would be released in 2020. The exact dates are May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and Nov. 6, 2020. It's unclear if these films will also be a part of Phase 3 or if it will be the beginning of Phase 4 for the studio. Phase 3 was supposed to come to a close with “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2″ which comes out May 3, 2019. This is when the Avengers are set to take on supervillian Thanos (Josh Brolin).
"Ant-Man" earned over $409 million worldwide in the box office and earned $58 million it's opening weekend, which was Marvel’s second lowest box office opening ever. In comparison, Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" made over $1.4 billion this year. However, "Ant-Man" still brought in a lot of money at the end of the day and the superheroes popularity could rise even more after having a role in the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War."
"Ant-Man And The Wasp" will be released on July 6, 2018. However, you can see Ant-Man on screen again in next year's "Captain America: Civil War," which hits theaters May 6, 2016.