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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ant-Man was one of a few films that had the potential to knock Marvel off of its pedestal. It was a relatively unknown character — and those who knew about the character likely felt there was no way to adapt him to the big screen. It had the potential to be goofy, stupid, and all-around underwhelming, especially since it was set to hit after the more epic Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The end result was a bit surprising. It was a pull back in scope, no doubts there, but after Age of Ultron, it was a much needed palate cleanser. It proved that things didn’t necessarily have to keep getting bigger and bigger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, this world had the potential to get as big as it needed before going back down to a more personal story. This is exactly what Ant-Man did, and audiences and critics alike responded well.

While it didn’t necessarily break the box office, it did quite well, taking in over $500 million, securing a sequel in the midst of film lineup that had already been announced. This was great news, and it wasn’t long before the title, Ant-Man and the Wasp was confirmed. Now, Marvel Studios has posted a video showing that sequel has officially started its production.

With Ant-Man and the Wasp, we know that Evangeline Lilly’s Janet van Dyne will finally suit up as the Wasp herself — which used to be her mother back during the Cold War (played by Michelle Pfeiffer in this sequel). Much of the cast, including Paul Rudd, Michael Peña, and Michael Douglas are also set to return. Joining the cast are Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster/Goliath, and Randall Park as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Woo.

Returning to the director’s chair is Peyton Reed, who helped carry the first film to fruition after Edgar Wright dropped out due to creative differences with the studio.

Below if the official synopsis for Ant-Man and the Wasp:

“From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: Ant-Man and The Wasp.  In the aftermath of Captain America:  Civil War, Scott Lang (Rudd) 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 (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) 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 their past.”

Are you excited to see this film in production? Let us know in the comments down below!

Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018.

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SOURCE: Marvel Studios

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.