The recently announced Ant-Man and the Wasp movie is set to push a few other films around. The release date of July 6, 2018, seems set to reschedule those of Black Panther and Captain Marvel. The latter will be pushed back to early 2019.
There may be spoilers in this article, so if you haven’t seen Ant-Man, you might want to do so before reading on.
Captain Marvel has had some speculation over its lead role, with one persistent rumor pointing to UFC champion Ronda Rousey. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Ronda is rallying to land the role, which is still far enough away that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige won’t confirm who he has in mind (or even if he has made that choice yet). Many fans are hoping against it, claiming that she isn’t right for the role.
With the announcement of the Ant-Man and the Wasp movie, we now have a second (though first in the release schedule) movie with a female character’s name in the title. While the character was in this year’s original, it was her mother, Janet van Dyne (Hayley Lovitt), in a backstory scene where she encountered the potentially fatal flaw in the Pym particle’s capabilities. Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) hadn’t yet taken on the role, but it was hinted at throughout the film. In a mid-credits scene, we finally saw the prototype that Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his assumed late wife had been working on, as IGN reports. Hank then reveals that he made it for his daughter.
In a previous report by the Inquisitr, the real question was from Evangeline Lilly, who revealed that she’d gotten pregnant since her initial role when she’d been fitted for the suit. With the reveal of the Ant-Man and the Wasp movie’s release date, it appears she has succeeded in slimming back down to fit the suit.
What many fans want to know is how Wasp will fit into the long-term story. A possible storyline was already hinted at in Ant-Man, with Hank Pym possibly asking Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to see if he can find his supposed dead wife. Since Lang has already proven that he found a way to override the perpetual shrinking process, he might be able to recover the original suit and give Hank some closure as he finally buries his late wife and Hope’s mother.
The Ant-Man and the Wasp movie might also deal with a possibility that the first one only touched on. Ant-Man is also capable of infinite growth, thus becoming the hulking Giant Man, a form which may be useful in defeating long-time Marvel nemesis Thanos. Thanos was first introduced in the end credits scene from The Avengers and had a cameo appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy as the villain behind Ronan the Accuser.
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It has been rumored ever since Thor: The Dark World that Thanos is collecting the Infinity Stones in an effort to complete his Infinity Gauntlet and conquer existence. Vision will undoubtedly be a major factor in this storyline since the Infinity Stone discovered in Loki’s scepter is part of what keeps him alive.
Another possible story for the Ant-Man and the Wasp movie revolves around the two attempting to find and retrieve an Infinity Stone rumored to be locked away in an intergalactic vault. This could be their mission as a last-minute attempt to stop Thanos from accomplishing his ultimate goal.
Hank Pym might even visit the Avengers and happen upon the fallen body of Ultron for a quick referential joke about the comics, “Wow, I heard about that guy, and to think I almost created him myself once.”
What do you think the story might be behind the Ant-Man and the Wasp movie in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe phase three?
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