"Ant-Man and the Wasp" Film & More Marvel Phase 3 Updates Announced

Marvel Studios has announced a series of updates for the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Three on Marvel.com, including an "Ant-Man and the Wasp" film for July 6, 2018. In order to accommodate, "Captain Marvel" has been pushed back again to March 8, 2019 from November 2, 2018 and "Black Panther" has moved forward to February 16, 2018 from November 2, 2018. Additionally, three untitled projects were announced, with release dates of May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020 and November 6, 2020 respectively.

Scheduled to open in China on October 16, the first "Ant-Man" film has already earned $410m between the domestic and international box office. No sequel was originally announced for the movie, though the film's conclusion included a setup for more Ant-Man stories in the MCU. Paul Rudd's Scott Lang will also appear in next May's "Captain America: Civil War."

This isn't the first time Marvel Studios has shifted their calendar to make way for a new film. When Marvel and Sony struck a deal over the Spider-Man rights in February, several films got rearranged so that the MCU's "Spider-Man" could have a July 28, 2017 release date.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and more, "Captain America: Civil War" -- the next installment in Phase Three -- opens on May 6, 2016.

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