On Thursday, Marvel made an announcement that they were adding a movie to its Phase 3 line-up as well as adjusting release dates with in Phase 3.
Lets start with some really good news that Marvel Studios announced on Thursday concerning its smallest hero, Ant-Man. Ant-Man is getting a well deserved sequel, but with a bit of a twist, as the follow up movie will be named after its heroine.
When the sequel hits theater on July 6, 2018 it will be entitled “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and not Ant-Man 2. Although nothing is confirmed with the cast it’s expected that Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily will be reprising their roles as Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne.
There was never a guarantee that Marvel would actually move forward on an Ant-Man sequel. The movie was Marvel’s third lowest-grossing film, just behind Captain America: The First Avenger and The Incredible Hulk.
With the addition of an Ant-Man sequel to its Phase 3 line-up the studio’s release date schedule is now shifting. Here’s a look at what those changes are.
February 16, 2018 – Black Panther (Previously July 6, 2018)
July 6, 2018 – Ant-Man and the Wasp (Previously unannounced)
March 8, 2019 – Captain Marvel (Previously November 2, 2018)
May 1, 2020 – Untitled Marvel Studios Film
July 10, 2020 – Untitled Marvel Studios Film
November 6, 2020 – Untitled Marvel Studios Film
Black Panther had its release date moved almost five months earlier then it was originally announced. Considering Marvel recently said they had no current plans on hiring a director for the film until they had a completed script. Marvel obviously feels confidant in the progress of finding a screenwriter and getting a script they like for Black Panther with moving up its release.
Unlike Black Panther, Captain Marvel’s release was moved in the opposite direction and will now hit theaters four months later the originally announced.
What does all these changes mean when you take in account the “Infinity War’s” which is expected to be the colossal finally to Phase 3?
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part I will open after Black Panther, but before both the “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and the Captain Marvel standalone film. Avengers: Infinity War – Part II opens in May of 2019, after all of the above films. It sounds as if Black Panther might find his way into Part I, which could introduce Captain Marvel, who could then appear in Part II.
As far as the three Untitled Marvel films they added to their schedule in 2020, who knows. Marvel Studios only released the dates and no clue as to what films and or characters they may involve, but like always I’m sure Marvel will announce those titles on their own time frame.