Marvel has long known that even the smallest of heroes can be mighty. With Ant-Man pulling in upwards of $400 million Disney and Marvel have opted to voice that opinion and officially announce a sequel for the pint-sized powerhouse.
As part of their phase 3 update, Marvel has finally given the go ahead on a sequel to this years Ant-Man. With a phase 3 line-up already extending into 2019, it seemed like the chances at a second outing for the man in the ant hill were slim to none. Many assumed that even if he were given a second shot it wouldn’t come until 2020, in the thick of the inevitable fourth phase of films.
For all of those fans out there, fear not. Ant-Man & The Wasp (that is the official title) will be joining phase 3 on July 6th, 2018. Along with this surprise announcement comes the news that a few of the other Marvel films slated for later release have been moved around (to the chagrin of some and the joy of others).
Black Panther has been moved up from its July 2018 placeholder and moved into February. Often considered a dead month in cinema, Marvel could well tap into a market that the industry didn’t know was there. Most studios tend to throw out their trash at the beginning of the year, leaving the quality films for the summer or winter. This isn’t to say that Marvel has abandoned Black Panther, quite the opposite. Marvel will have absolutely no competition, meaning that if the movie is solid it will continue to roll until a contender shows up (which could be a while).
On the sadder end of the spectrum comes news that Captain Marvel is moving back into March 2019. Having Captain Marvel debut after the space epic that is sure to be Infinity War makes a bit more sense and shouldn’t be taken as a negative sign for Marvel. 3 films a year is more than enough and things were destined to be shuffled around.
In addition to these date changes, Marvel also announced three films slated for 2020. While they remain untitled, the dates are as follows:
- May 1, 2020
- July 10, 2020
- November 6, 2020
Your guess is as good as mine as to what those films will become but if I were a betting man (I do like my sic bo) I would wager that the May film turns out to be Guardians of the Galaxy vol.3. The July film will be something new (Thunderbolts or Runaways) and the November film will be a sequel to Dr. Strange.
And lastly in the world of Marvel (man were they busy today) comes a rumour that the wildly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War (both parts) will have a combined budget of $1 billion. Coming from BleedingCool.com, word is that Marvel and Disney are going all out with their grand finale and are sparing no expense. The latest technologies, a massive cast budget and all of the tools they can possibly get their hands on. If true, Marvel is undertaking the most expensive film production ever.
Now take this with a grain of salt, BleedingCool has gone on record with false rumours before and this may very well be one of them. It’s guaranteed that the budget is going to be huge, the exact numbers shouldn’t be as important as the films quality.
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