Director Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man turned out to be the second-biggest sleeper hit that Marvel Studios has ever released (just behind Guardians of the Galaxy), narrowly topping $500 million worldwide on one of the company’s smallest budgets and earning itself a sequel in spite of criticism that the title character’s gimmick was lame and that he wasn’t popular enough to have a successful movie (also like Guardians, before Marvel proved everyone wrong). Now, Ant-Man and the Wasp is looking to begin filming this July on a rather tight schedule.
According to My Entertainment World, Marvel’s tiny sequel will begin production on July 6, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia – exactly one year ahead of its planned release date. Unless the movie is gunning to have one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s shortest running times, that seems like it’s cutting it a bit close, so a slight shift in release date may not be completely unthinkable. As it stands, Marvel is currently filming Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War (plus its sequel) – the latter of which is said to be one of the most expensive productions ever and a year-long affair – and these two productions seem to be taking a significantly higher priority over two of their smallest heroes. It’s worth noting that the sequel was actually put on the fast-track following the success of the first film – while Marvel claimed that they had plans to adjust their schedule in the event that they gained access to the Spider-Man property for their setting (which they did by adding Spider-Man: Homecoming to their schedule at the expense of several other releases), they did not indicate the same would happen for Ant-Man.
Ant-Man and the Wasp will be released on July 6, 2018 and stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang (Ant-Man), Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, and Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne (The Wasp). While it has yet to be confirmed if Ant-Man will appear in either of the next two Avengers films, it has been confirmed that the Wasp will appear in the second of the two following her introduction as a superhero in the Ant-Man sequel.
Source: My Entertainment World