Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp is a 2018 live-action superhero film produced by 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios based on the duo by the same name. It is the twenty fifth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a sequel to Ant-Man. It was released worldwide on July 6th 2018.
The first Ant-Man movie was met with enough decent financial success to warrant a sequel in Phase 3. During Comic Con 2015 when the schedule was announced many were surprised to find out that a sequel was in the works that would be starring Evangeline Lilly's The Wasp in not just a supporting role, but as a co-lead alongside Paul Rudd's Ant-Man. Making it the only female co-lead Marvel film since Black Widow and Hawkeye. News also surfaced at the time that Peyton Reed would not be returning to the direct the sequel and would instead of replaced by Indie Director Kelly Fremon Craig.
Another interesting fact revealed at Comic Con was Ant-Man and the Wasp's release date appearing two months after Avengers 3's release date of May 2018, confusing many fans who thought their inclusion in the Avengers was inevitable and/or that Avengers 3 would end with a cliffhanger. Kevin Feige though did reassure fans Scott Lang and Janet Van Dyne would be fighting alongside the Avengers at some point in the future. Though Feige didn't explicitly say it at Comic Con, Ant-Man and the Wasp was later confirmed by Director Kelly Fremon Craig to be a prequel to the events of Avengers 3. That the plot would involve the Overspace, which was set to play a significant role in the events of the upcoming May 2019 film Avengers 4.
Casting for Ant-Man and the Wasp showed that most of the cast for the original film would be reprising their roles in addition to other characters from different Marvel Cinematic Universe properties. Such as Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo and Adrian Pasdar as Glenn Talbot, who would be returning from Captain America: Civil War. Filming began and wrapped during mid to late 2017 and met its slated release date on July 6th 2018.
- Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man
- Evangeline Lilly as Janet Van Dyne/The Wasp
- Nathan Fillion as Simon Williams/Wonder Man
- Walton Goggins as Erik Josten/Atlas
- Michael Douglas as Hank Pym
- Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster
- Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo/Baron Zemo
- Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie Lang
- Michael Peña as Pedro Ortiz
- T.I. Harris as Charlie Buchanan
- David Dastmalchian as Valentin Shatalov
- Adrian Pasdar as General Glenn Talbot
- Bobby Cannavale as Blake Burdick
- Judy Greer as Maggie Burdick