Some exciting changes are ahead for Marvel as the studio gets ready to start its Phase 3 movie lineup. In fact, according to E! Online, Marvel has moved around and shifted its schedule of upcoming movies — which starts with Captain America: Civil War premiering on May 6, 2016 — in order to make room for an Ant-Man sequel and has also added a few mysterious films set to come out in 2020.
Marvel first released its highly anticipated, upcoming movie schedule last year, and it did not include a slot for another Ant-Man film. However, this has now changed, mainly due to the box office success the first film enjoyed, which included bringing in some $409 million worldwide.
The sequel is titled Ant-Man and the Wasp and is set to partly center on the heroine, the Wasp, making it the first movie by Marvel to be named after a female superhero. While an official announcement has yet to be made, Game Spot is reporting that both Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will be returning to their roles as Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Perhaps the most exciting element of the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp is how the film will strongly feature the storyline of the Wasp. In fact, according to Forbes, this is a planned move by the studio and falls into line with the studio’s goal to shift away from primarily male centered movies that focus on manly superheroes.
As long as the film manages to split screen time between both the Wasp and Ant-Man and doesn’t favor one over the other, then it should be another hit with fans. Additionally, the new Ant-Man movie could also open the door for a future standalone film centered on the Wasp. Whether or not this is one of the new mystery films is yet to be known.
Speaking of the new Ant-Man movie and Rudd returning to the big screens, the actor will also be appearing in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, which is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016.
In addition to Rudd’s appearance in the upcoming Captain America film, fans will also be treated to a first look at Tom Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man in the film. Holland’s cameo on Captain America will come prior to his own standalone film, which is scheduled to premiere on July 28, 2017.
Another Marvel film set to premiere in 2017 is Doctor Strange, which is set for a November released. Although the details concerning Doctor Strange are few at this point, it is known that the movie will star Benedict Cumberbatch, which should go a long ways in helping the film draw crowds.
As far as 2017 is concerned, Marvel has quite the lineup in store for fans with Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man, and Thor-Ragnarok. The new Thor film is one of the movies that was moved around in the latest shuffle and was shifted from a July release to a November showing.
At the same time, while Ant-Man and the Wasp will be rounding out the summer releases in 2018, Marvel is scheduled to release Black Panther, which introduces Chadwick Boseman to the Marvel Universe. Along with Black Panther, 2018 will also see the release of Avengers: Infinity War Part 1.
With the addition of Ant-Man, Captain Marvel was moved from July 6, 2018 to March 8, 2019. Other movies set to be released in 2019 include Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 and Inhumans, which was also moved from a 2018 release.
Meanwhile, along with all of these shifts in Marvel’s upcoming movie schedule, the studio also teased fans by releasing the dates of three unidentified films for 2020. What these films will eventually become is anyone’s guess at this point.
Tell us! Which Marvel movies are you most excited about – Captain America: Civil War or Ant-Man and the Wasp? Let us know in the comments below.
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