Marvel have officially announced a 2018 release date for their follow-up to Ant-Man, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will be back in the respective suit for Ant-Man and The Wasp. Marvel might have suffered some backlash over the whole Edgar Wright debacle, but Ant-Man still proved to be a solid hit and a welcome touch of lightness in the MCU. More importantly, the final battle didn’t have giant objects falling on a city or a drone army for our heroes to fight.
I was a bit late to the Ant-Man party, but in the end I yielded, and I was glad I did as the end results were a whole lot of fun. There were a few awkward moments when something very Edgar Wright happened, and guilt overcame me; it was as though in some way I had betrayed Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish. Echoes of their work on the script were to be expected; they are still listed as co-writers and Wright gets a token Executive Producer credit.
While far from perfect, Paul Rudd’s charm glosses over any cracks making the whole thing chug along nicely. I’m already looking forward to him meeting most of The Avengers in next year’s Captain America: Civil War. Surely a teaser trailer of some kind can’t be far off now.
The next adventure for Ant-Man has caused a slight reshuffle with Black Panther now arriving on February 16, 2018, and Captain Marvel moving to March 8, 2019. There was also the mystery announcement of three releases in 2020, the as yet unknown movies will arrive on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
Ant-Man is available on DVD and Blu-ray from November 30.