This just in! Marvel Studios has announced a new Phase 3 MCU film, Ant-Man and the Wasp which is slated for a July 6th, 2018 release. This is very exciting news for those looking for move superhero films featuring female heroes as this film marks the first time Marvel Studios will release a film with a female hero in the title. This does affect the release dates of two other Phase 3 MCU films, Black Panther and Captain Marvel. Black Panther has been moved up to a February 16th, 2018 release date while Captain Marvel will see a March 8th, 2019 release date.
This means that Black Panther will release a month before DC Comics The Flash, while Ant-Man and the Wasp will release a few weeks before Aquaman and Captain Marvel will release a month before Shazam.
The decision comes on the back of Ant-Man’s financial success, bringing in $410 million globally with $178.5 million coming from the domestic box office. While this falls short of Avengers: Age of Ultron’s nearly $459 million take, it is a solo film and an origin story of a character many were not familiar with. Now that it was successful, a sequel that features Wasp in action seems viable.
Meanwhile, DC Comics’ Wonder Woman is still slated for a June 23rd, 2017 release, putting their first female-centric superhero flick a year ahead of Marvel’s.
Marvel Studios also announced dates for three unknown films all in 2020 as part of Phase 4 of the MCU:
- May 1st, 2020
- July 10th, 2020
- November 6th, 2020
Additional information on the announcement can be found at Marvel’s site.
I know I’m very excited for this new film as well as so many more in the superhero genre. What do you think of the latest news? Comment below!