With all this talk of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4, Black Panther, and even Captain Marvel, it's easy to forget about Ant-Man and the Wasp, due out July 6, 2018, between the two Avengers titles. Which is a shame, because the first Ant-Man is a fantastic film, and though it gets harder and harder to rank these Marvel Cinematic Universe films with each release, I'd consider it among my favorites. Ant-Man used the heist genre in a killer way and and made the most of its astonishing cast including Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, and, of course, the surprisingly hilarious Michael Pena.
To be fair, little is known about Ant-Man and the Wasp. Peyton Reed is returning to helm the film, and Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are confirmed to return, as you can't make Ant-Man and the Wasp without, well, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Michael Douglas and Michael Pena are expected to return, and Black Mirror actress Hannah John-Kamen has joined the cast in a mystery role.
Now, Tracking-Board reports that Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat, The Interview) has joined the cast as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jimmy Woo.
Agent Woo has been a character in the comics since the 1950s, with connections to various Marvel heroes and villains over the decades. His inclusion suggests S.H.I.E.L.D. will finally return to the big screen, only seen in flashbacks in Ant-Man and at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron when Nick Fury comes to the rescue with a helicarrier. Otherwise, the organization has spent its time on television in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ever since Captain America: The Winter Soldier revealed the organization had been infiltrated by Hydra.
Now, it is possible Woo and S.H.I.E.L.D. may only be appearing in flashback form in this film as well. There may be more flashbacks to Hank Pym's (Douglas) younger days in order to include the original Wasp, who we only saw for a few seconds in the first film. Or, S.H.I.E.L.D. may finally be back, baby! With perfect timing to deal with rebuilding the world after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Only time will tell which is the case, but I kind of miss those S.H.I.E.L.D. guys. Just a little.
Ant-Man and the Wasp crawls onto the big screen on July 6, 2018.
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