Ant-Man and the Wasp Release Date, Trailer, Cast, Story, and News

Ant-Man and the Wasp will swoop in this summer! Here's everything you need to know.

Ant-Man, released in 2015, represented the culmination of nearly a decade of delays, directorial shake-ups and numerous script revisions. Showcasing a most unlikely of cinematic centerpieces with a version of Marvel’s proportionally protean Avenger team member, the payoff would be substantial, yielding a $519.3 million global gross. Director Peyton Reed returns behind the camera for Ant-Man and the Wasp with star Paul Rudd as the shrinking hero, with Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp. 

You can read our review of the film here.

Ant-Man and The Wasp Release Date

Ant-Man and the Wasp opens on July 6th, 2018.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer

The bombardment of Ant-Man and The Wasp spots continue with new releases, each one revealing a smidgen of new tidbits.

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The latest spot centers on a new – potentially crucial – plot detail. It seems that Scott is having freaky foreboding dreams about what he calls, “the end of everything.”

The meaning of the dream, of course, remains open to interpretation, but coming off Infinity War (in which Ant-Man was noticeably absent), one might assume that Scott is experiencing REM-induced soothsaying about the timeline-imminent events of the recent Marvel megamovie; a movie sporting an outcome that… let’s just say meets the dream’s criteria halfway. Yet, such an idea might minimize the stakes of the movie at hand. Indeed, the brief blink-and-you-miss-it flash of Scott’s dream appears to take place in a chaotic setting that’s possibly the Quantum Realm (as seen in the psychedelic sequence in the first movie during Scott’s uncontrolled shrinking).   

Pertinent to that arena of speculation, this spot below kicks off by asking THE question that just about anyone who saw Avengers: Infinity War wants to know: Where is Ant-Man? (The answer is, unfortunately, not impressive.)

Here’s the previous spot, titled “House Arrest.”

Here’s the previous TV spot, which showcases Scott’s affinity for to-do lists.

Here’s the full Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer!

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And here’s the earlier one…

That’s a pretty cool looking costume.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp Cast

Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Peña will all reprise their Ant-Man roles, as will their characters’ sagely overseer Michael Douglas, who revealed the state of his goatee on Facebook in his confirmation for the production’s July 2017 kickoff David Dastmalchian returns, as will rapper/actor T.I.

Michelle Pfeiffer is Janet van Dyne, the mother of Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne. Janet is the original Wasp. Hope received her mother’s suit at the end of Ant-Man

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Laurence Fishburne is playing Bill Foster, described as “a former colleague of Hank Pym’s.” In the comics, Foster was a sometimes heroic, sometimes otherwise size-changing hero known as Goliath (and sometimes Giant-Man). 

Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) will play Jimmy Woo, a SHIELD agent familiar to fans of Marvel’s Agents of Atlas series. The character of Woo has actually been around since the pre-SHIELD days of the 1950s, although he became a SHIELD agent when characters from the earlier comics were absorbed into the Marvel Universe in the 1960s.

Judy Greer is confirmed for a return in Ant-Man and the Wasp (via Deadline). The actress appeared in 2015’s original Ant-Man as Maggie, the ex-wife of Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang/Ant-Man and mother of his daughter. Maggie’s engagement to police detective Paxton (Bobby Cannavale) made things awkward for (former thief) Scott’s secret size-adjusting superhero exploits. It will be interesting to catch up with Maggie, who clearly still has residual feelings for Scott, and see how she reacted to everything that went down in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, which left Scott a fugitive, due to his involvement in Captain America’s anti-Sokovia Accords rebellion.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Villain

One of the big mysteries surrounding the movie is who the villain might be. It turns out it’s a character called Ghost. We’ve long known that Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys) was in the movie, but now it turns out that she’s playing the villain.

“The Ghost character could be male, female, anything, so it just seemed more interesting to us [to cast a woman],” Peyton Reed told EW. “Ghost’s primary power is the ability to ‘phase,’ which allows Ghost to move through solid matter. She has all sorts of strange versions of that phasing power — it proves quite difficult for Ant-Man and Wasp to deal with.”

But Ghost isn’t the only new character from the comics joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

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Walton Goggins is also on board as Sonny Burch, the chairman of Cross Technologies, although described by EW as “a low level criminal type.”

Ant-Man and the Wasp Story

Here’s the official synopsis for the film…

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes Ant Man and the Wasp, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

That pretty much confirms that this movie takes place before the tricky ending of Avengers: Infinity War.

“Scott entered the Quantum Realm in the first film and came back, which is something they thought was impossible,” Evangeline Lilly told EW. “The question has arisen, ‘Can Janet come back?’ So the entire film, my character is hell-bent on finding a way to get into the Quantum Realm and bring her back.”

We’ll update this with more information as it becomes available.