Marvel's Phase 3 Will Feature 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Arriving 2018

October 8, 2015


Ready for Phase 3? Marvel has officially announced a few minor details about its plans for Phase 3, coming up beginning in 2016. First off, the studio has confirmed via that they are planning an Ant-Man sequel and it will be titled Ant-Man and the Wasp. "The sequel will mark the first Marvel Studios film named after its heroine." Both Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne will return in that sequel, scheduled for July 6th, 2018. With this announcement, the two other Marvel movies scheduled for 2018 have been moved up in the year - Black Panther arrives on February 16th, 2018 and Captain Marvel will open on March 8th, 2019. It sounds like those two movies are fully confirmed, too. I'm sure we'll be hearing more news soon.

The announcement on indicates that Phase 3 will include the three aformentioned films (Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel) and in Phase 4: "three untitled Marvel Studios films will premiere on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020." They have Inhumans scheduled in 2019, too. Before we even get there, we have to go through the Civil War phase that begins with Captain America: Civil War arriving next year. Phase 3 is beginning with the Civil War storyline, which will be very interesting to see, and should introduce a whole set of additional characters. Doctor Strange also hits in 2016, with more Guardians of the Galaxy + Thor in 2017 before the big Infinity War begins. Still excited?

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Can't wait to see Evangiline Lilly kick ass as the Wasp. I thought Phase 2 was over and that Cap 3, Ragnarok, Dr. Strange and Guardians 2 would all be Phase 3 films like they had announced. Guess the below info has changed.

David Diaz on Oct 8, 2015


The infographic above has something very Strange (no pun intended)... in that several Phase 2 movies come out AFTER Phase 3 I just reading this wrong, or is this just meant to confuse us?

TheOct8pus on Oct 8, 2015


I have a feeling the article is wrong about when Phase 2 and 3 begin unless Marvel has changed it all of a sudden

David Diaz on Oct 8, 2015


Here we chronological order....from Latino Review: "Captain America: Civil War" – May 6, 2016 "Doctor Strange" – November 4, 2016 "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" – May 5, 2017 Untitled Spider-Man Movie – July 28, 2017 "Thor: Ragnarok" – November 3, 2017 "Black Panther" – February 16, 2018 "The Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1" – May 4, 2018 "Ant-Man and the Wasp" – July 6, 2018 "Captain Marvel" – March 8, 2019 "The Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2" – May 3, 2019 "Inhumans" – July 12, 2019.

TheOct8pus on Oct 9, 2015


Some men just want to watch the world burn. - Alfred Pennyworth, Manservant.

DAVIDPD on Oct 9, 2015


"The sequel will mark the first Marvel Studios film named after its heroine." Don't see why they would draw attention to this (guessing to appeal to whichever liberal circles look out for news like this) as her name is behind Ant Man's. Just release the name and go on, you'll never please everyone. But yes I'm excited. Ant Man didn't blow me away, but now that it's set up I think I'll like their sequel more.

OfficialJab on Oct 8, 2015


Its been major hub bub that boys like superheros more. And that the toys and movies are marketed to males more.

Higgens on Oct 8, 2015


thats hugely due to Ike Perlmutter, who is no longer in charge at Marvel, being a sexist douche and refusing to allow female toys and movies to be produced

davidshaw on Oct 8, 2015


EHh...I think its more likely that the demographic for females just isn't there.

Higgens on Oct 8, 2015


It does seem like they're trying to appease the feminists out there by tacking her name onto the title instead of just calling it "Ant Man 2"....either way, I'm happy she's getting a more "enhanced" role in the sequel.

TheOct8pus on Oct 8, 2015


I'm not saying the title itself is to appease anyone, it's a fine title, but their statement is. I'm really glad it will feature the two of them, the background on her character was pretty interesting.

OfficialJab on Oct 8, 2015


Phase 2 ended with Ant-Man, Phase 3 begins with Civil War, Phase 4 will start after Infinity War. Just to clarify before fanboys rip you a new one.

davidshaw on Oct 8, 2015


That's what I figured too. Article kinda confused me and seems to say things have changed.

David Diaz on Oct 8, 2015


You're right davidshaw. The guys running this page don't know nothing about the MCU, really.

Miguel Garay Boszeta on Oct 8, 2015


Thanks. I was also a bit confused by the wording of Phase 3 on the article, but got it.

Alex Billington on Oct 8, 2015


I'm more psyched about Benny Cumbersnatch in Doctor Strange than anything.

TheOct8pus on Oct 8, 2015


I'm pleased to hear this as I really enjoyed Ant Man. However, Marvel don't have a great track record with their second efforts - IM2, Thor 2, Avengers 2. I know Cap 2 was well received and I did warm to it more after the second viewing but it still wasn't without it's faults and isn't the film that I wanted to see after the first Cap.

Payne by name on Oct 8, 2015


I'm always surprised by these opinions. To me, Thor 2 blew the first one away (same with Cap), and I enjoyed a lot about IM2 and was just put off by the Shield worldbuilding. Didn't know that Avengers 2 was looked down on compared to the first.

OfficialJab on Oct 8, 2015


Each to their own but I thought Thor 2 was just a bit messy with little or no direction and Loki's unsurprising treachery and plotting becoming a little tiresome after it had been covered in Thor 1 and Avengers. Cap 2 frustrated because I wanted more Cap rather than screen time devoted to other characters. IM2 was just too much and smacked of a film that had too much money thrown at it. The final end battle with the endless drones was tension free. For Avengers 2, the film had a very much tick box, direct by committee feel to it - Make sure there are this many new characters, ram in some interaction even if it doesn't feel organic, ensure that we put in irrelevant scenes only to provide links for future films, don't stray from the plan. Obviously these are just my thoughts and opinions.

Payne by name on Oct 9, 2015


I hope The Wasp is cool. I like Lily, although her potential post-LOST was "lost", she has been pretty good in all the mediocre films she has been in. I am glad they are giving this sequel a chance.

DAVIDPD on Oct 9, 2015

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