Marvel Updates Phase 3 Slate & Announces ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’

By October 8, 2015

When Marvel announced their entire Phase 3 line-up last year, it seemed like the studio had given fans a fairly concrete idea of the movies they should be expecting from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the coming years. However, Marvel also showed that they were capable of moving films around when Spider-Man joined the MCU and a standalone film was announced for 2017, which subsequently delayed and changed the dates of other projects including Black Panther and Captain Marvel.

With New York Comic-Con upon us though, the studio has not wasted any time in making some major, major announcements. Marvel officially revealed today that they have updated their Phase 3 lineup. Starting off, in reaction to Ant-Man‘s success and positive critical reception this summer, Marvel has announced a sequel to the standalone film that will feature the return of Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang alongside Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne in a new movie titled, Ant-Man and The Wasp. The sequel will be released on July 6th, 2018 and will be the first Marvel film named after one of its heroines.

Because of Ant-Man and the Wasp, the studio will again be shifting the release dates for Black Panther and Captain Marvel as well. The former will move up from its previous release date of July 6th, 2018 to February 16, 2018. Meanwhile, Captain Marvel will go from its November 2nd, 2018 release to March 8th, 2019 instead.

That’s not all though. The studio has also officially announced three new, mystery films set to be released on May 1st, 2020, July 10th, 2020, and November 6th, 2020. All three of which we can assume will be the first three installments in Marvel’s Phase 4 slate. No word yet on what any of the films could be.

A lot of these changes make sense considering how well people received Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne this summer, as well as the demand that fans have been giving Marvel over the past few years for more female-centric films. It looks like Ant-Man and the Wasp might finally be the answer to some fans prayers, who didn’t want to wait for Captain Marvel to be the first female-driven Marvel movie.

The Black Panther move makes sense considering how smooth the production process on the film seems to be going, with the movie landing its screenwriter just a few days ago and Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray being heavily rumored to direct the standalone film as well. With Chadwick Boseman already set as the lead, it looks like Marvel is more than ready to start filling in the rest of the creative talent and get to work on Black Panther, who will get his introduction in next year’s Captain America: Civil War.

The Captain Marvel move to 2019 will likely disappoint some (myself included), and now adds it to Marvel’s fairly cosmic 2019 year with Inhumans and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. However way you want to look at it though, one thing is for sure – Marvel has just changed things up in a major way, and it’ll be interesting to see how Ant-Man and The Wasp might alter or affect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is set to hit theatres on July 6th, 2018. Black Panther will be released on February 16th, 2018 and Captain Marvel will hit theaters on March 8th, 2019.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable