‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ Added to Phase 3, Black Panther Moved Up
At this point, Marvel should be penalized for excessive taunting. They're doing everything in their power to make folks who wrote those think pieces about their lack of diversity wrong.
Following our hero’s debut adventure in this summer’s “Ant-Man,” Scott Lang will return alongside Hope Van Dyne on July 6, 2018 with Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” The sequel will mark the first Marvel Studios film named after its heroine.
Additionally, Ant-Man’s second adventure will lead to a couple of other films shifting their dates, with Marvel’s “Black Panther” moving up to February 16, 2018 and Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” landing on March 8, 2019.
Finally, three untitled Marvel Studios films will premiere on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.
The announcement of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” follows the success of “Ant-Man,” which has earned $178.5M domestically and $231.5M internationally for a global total of $410M. It's the #9 film of the year domestically, and opens in its final international market, China, on October 16. Marvel.com[/quote]
Marvel wanted more Hope Van Dyne and especially wanted to see her in the suit, well now she'll officially be in a team-up movie with Ant-Man. Not only that but I think it's import that they're calling the film Ant-Man and The Wasp and not something like Ant-Man 2 or Ant-Man 2: Enter the Wasp. This seems straight out of the comic books. And now that Ant-Man has been introduced to the public and the first movie was well received, I expect this movie to jump financially like all the previous Marvel movies as well. Putting the Wasp in the title and making it Marvel's first movie with a female heroine in the title is going to lead to direct marketing to women. I think this is a very smart move and I look forward to it.
This does make a shift in other movies. Instead of putting off Black Panther again, they moved it up. To February. Black History Month. To quote my friend Sterling: Oh It's Lit! Again, if you think Marvel is going to put out a watered down Black Panther movie after pursuing Ava DuVernay to direct (didn't happen but I'm not sure that door is all the way closed) tapping Ta-Nehisi Coates to write the new solo comic and then moving the movie to Black History Month...I'm not worried about this movie at all. I'm just really really excited to see it. Wire is reporting that Joe Robert Cole will be writing the movie but there isn't any official news from Marvel yet (THR has confirmed this for what it's worth). Word is they're trying to nail down a script before going after another director and that's why I'm still not sure that the DuVernay door is closed just yet. She turned it down, but if Marvel is waiting on a script (and they have plenty of time) who is to say DuVernay doesn't reconsider. Either way, I think Panther is in very good hands and Marvel knows how important this movie is.
Below is the new Phase 3 lineup (plus spaces for what I can assume are the start of Phase 4). All this shuffling does move Captain Marvel back but not by much and I think in the long run it will make things better.