Marvel Studios is well known for taking “chances.” I say with with some quotes around it, because there is a big asterisk to that statement. Marvel Studios is well known for taking chances — while actually taking very few chances when all said and done. Sure, films like Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Thor were all relative risks based on their budget and the fact that mainstream film audiences didn’t know them when they first hit theaters. They have, however, since perfected a bit of formula to each of their stories.
While each of these movies may have different skins, at their heart, they all have very similar, comfortable arcs, tropes, and cores that have been proven to click with audiences on a real emotional level. As such, in applying this solid narrative core to these properties, they have managed to “risk it all” all while risking nothing. The same could be said about Ant-Man. This was a movie that could have very well been a punchline — not to mention a black eye — in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, with the comforts of familiar storytelling, Ant-Man managed to be the lighthearted, familiar romp that managed to please a good portion of audiences, and thereby generate enough positive word of mouth to warrant a sequel — Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is slated to hit theaters on July 6, 2018, and as such, its window for production was bound to be fast approaching. In general with these Marvel films, shooting begins roughly 12-15 months prior to its release, and now it sounds like we know when things will get rolling. According to the outlet My Entertainment World (via Comicbook.com), the film is set to begin production in June of this year, roughly 13 months before its street date. The site also states the film will (surprise) be shot in Atlanta, Georgia — where Marvel Studios seems to have taken up residence over the past several films.
While the movie is bound to be an important one in the MCU for its return of Scott Lang, it’s also pretty important because it will be the first Marvel Studios flick to have a female superhero in the title (Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne, a.k.a. the Wasp). There’s no word yet about what the plot of the film will entail, but its not unreasonable to expect the film will focus on Hope’s mother, the previous Wasp, who was supposedly killed decades ago.
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Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018.