Back in the summer of 2015, Ant-Man opened nationwide to a mainstream audience who, for the most part, had never heard of the character. Two months earlier, Avengers: Age Of Ultron had a massive opening, even with critics being less than amazed this time around. Aside from the Marvel name and the attached talent of Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly, there wasn’t too much hype surrounding its release. The film was enjoyed by critics and moviegoers alike, achieving an 82% and 86% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating from both, respectively. And while the film did make over $500 million worldwide, it was well below what Marvel was growing accustomed to.
Things could be different this time around.
Fresh off the emotional hype train that was Avengers: Infinity War, projections are indicating that Ant-Man & The Wasp could hit a $75 million opening in its debut weekend. That puts the sequel’s debut at about 30% higher than the original’s $57 million debut in 2015. That figure could go higher if word gets around that there may be clues for Avengers 4 in the film.
The story in Ant-Man And The Wasp takes place before the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Scott Lang, under house arrest, attempts to keep his responsibilities as a father when he once again dons the Ant-Man suit when a criminal named Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) steals one of the Pym suits and uses it to phase through walls. This time, not only will Lang need the help of Hank Pym (Douglas), but he’ll be teamed up with Hope van Dyne (Lilly), who will don The Wasp suit.
Ant-Man And The Wasp opens nationwide on July 6th.
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Source: The Wrap.