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Ant-Man And The Wasp: 8 Hard Facts We Know (And 7 Juicy Rumors We've Heard)

Excitement for the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp is steadily growing, especially with the first official trailer now released. We saw a lot in the two minute montage of action, jokes and product placement -- some rumors were confirmed and some questions were left unanswered, which is actually a rare and great thing when it comes to trailers. There has to be some mystery left for us when we see the film. That being said, you're probably eager to know everything there currently is to know about it. Luckily, we've got the answers!

We've collected every exciting piece of information about Ant-Man and The Wasp. Will your favorite characters be returning? When will this film actually take place? Will we actually get to see the Wasp in action? These are just a few of the questions we'll be answering here. We'll also be exploring a few of the rumors surrounding the film. They may be currently unverifiable but they're not completely baseless, which means they may still help you get a clearer picture of the kind of film you're in for, which is all kinds of exciting.

15 FACT: TAKES PLACE AFTER CIVIL WAR

It's clear from the trailer that the Ant-Man sequel will take place right after Captain America: Civil War. The events of that epic film will actually impact the events of this one, we just don't know the details pertaining to how that impact will be presented in the film. Other than a few lines from Scott in the trailer and a couple of flashbacks, we aren't given much to go on.

It's understandable that some people may assume, given the release schedule, that the events of Ant-Man and The Wasp will take place after Avengers: Infinity War. That is not the case. Marvel Studios has been quite open about the fact that Ant-Man and The Wasp will take place before Infinity War, as evidenced by the trailer and its lack of rubble and celestial gods from outer space. Also, there's the fact that Peyton Reed has said as much in interviews. The reason why Ant-Man and The Wasp is being released after Infinity War is because that was the only logical slot left in the schedule.

14 RUMOR: ON THE RUN

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At the end of Civil War, we saw Cap enter the Raft prison, presumably liberating his team from imprisonment. With the Accords in force, Cap's team was hardly finished with their self-imposed duties. The Ant-Man and The Wasp trailer shows us Scott under house arrest before smash cutting to him on the run from armed men. Could these be government agents sent to apprehend an escaped vigilante or thugs under the employ of the film's villain (whom we will get to)?

Right now, we're uncertain. It's clear that Lang is in a familiar place in his life, which is a shame because we all saw how hard he worked so he could be there for his daughter. We're eager to see if this film tears him away from his family again or if everything works out in the end for him.

13 FACT: GIANT-MAN

We were treated to a spectacular sight in Civil War when Scott suddenly provided Cap and Bucky with a giant-sized distraction during the climactic airport battle between Cap and Iron Man's teams. It showed that Scott hadn't been lounging around and settling for being able to shrink. He was exploring Pym's tech and coming up with brilliant things to do with it.

The trailer showed Scott rising out of the water, so we know that there'll be a lot more of his growing adventures. Scott will once against become Giant-Man, though for what big battle, we don't know. Given everything else we know about the film, he may not be the only one to take on that role. We'll get to that a little later.

12 FACT: THE WASP

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We can't talk about the upcoming film and not mention one of the most important characters in it: the titular Wasp! Reprising the role will be the ever-impressive Evangeline Lilly, who finally gets her time to shine, and it clearly isn't going to waste. As she said at the end of Ant-Man, "It's about damn time."

For the most part, it appears that the film will be staying faithful to the Wasp's overall look and abilities. She can shrink, fly and is equipped with blasters. Reed and the stars of the upcoming film have made it abundantly clear that Ant-Man and the Wasp will place just as much focus on Hope Van Dyne as it will on Ant-Man, which is great news for fans of the character, hoping to see her in the spotlight.

11 RUMOR: TWO WASPS?

It was reported in 2017 that Michelle Pfeiffer had been cast as Janet Van Dyne. From this, we can gather a few things: the first is that Janet Van Dyne will obviously have a significant part to play in the plot of the film, which implies that there's a good chance Hope will find her mother in the quantum realm.

The synopsis, which states Hope will explore the past, and the trailer of Ant-Man and The Wasp, supports this with the shots of a vessel we see exploring the quantum realm with relatively massive tardigrades floating around them. Janet Van Dyne will definitely be making an appearance, of that we can be sure. Seeing as how she was lost with a Wasp suit of her own, we might even get to see two Wasps fighting side by side, although that is just pure fantasy at this point. It's worth hoping.

10 FACT: THE REST OF THE GANG

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Fans of Scott's eccentric friends and heist group will be happy to know that they'll all be appearing in the upcoming film. Luis, Karl and Dave, played by Michael Peña, David Dastmalchian and Tip "T.I" Harris, respectively. According to Peña, there wasn't as much room for improvisation this time around, which suggests that the film will not feature as much of the gang in Ant-Man.

It makes sense since the film is supposed to focus on Hope, Scott, Hank and Janet. Where Ant-Man had the gang participate in the heist, the sequel -- which seems to be focusing on the quantum realm and Hank's past -- will understandably have little room for the heist gang's antics. Still, a little will still go a long way for these guys, who will undoubtedly be scene stealers!

9 RUMOR: NEW LOVE INTEREST FOR LUIS

It was rumored that the studio was at one point searching for a latino woman for the role of "Victoria." Supposedly, Victoria is a tough, smart, funny and reckless new member of the gang, as well as a romantic interest for Luis. So far, that's all we ever heard about the character, so there's a good chance that this was just a rumor and we won't be seeing any such character in the film.

Could yet another character be introduced for comedy relief, along with the laughs Michael Peña gave us with his fast-talking Luis? We can't say, but we're curious and hopeful that these rumors are actually true, just as long as it doesn't take away from the real meat of the plot here, which is Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne.

8 FACT: LAURENCE FISHBURNE AS BILL FOSTER

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For a long time now, Laurence Fishburne has been trying to find the right role to enter the MCU. Here he is, finally, as Bill Foster, the former assistant and old friend of Hank Pym. This isn't just exciting for Fishburne. His new role is exciting for comic book fans too.

For those who don't know, Bill Foster was the second man to use the Pym Particles and call himself Giant-Man, although initially he went by Black Goliath. He fought many battles alongside the Avengers, as part of the Defenders, The Champions and of course, Cap's Anti-Registration team during "Civil War," in which he was killed by Ragnarok, a cyborg clone of Thor. Obviously, with Captain America: Civil War already behind us, the MCU will be taking Bill Foster in a slightly different direction.

7 RUMOR: JIMMY WOO, THE NEW NICK FURY?

You might know Randall Park from such films as The Interview and The Disaster Artist. The actor and comedian will be playing Jimmy Woo, a former secret agent recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D to watch over super humans. The character has had an interesting history, one that predates Marvel as a publisher. Currently, Woo is overseeing training of the next generation of agents.

No major details about the character have been released but it's likely that we'll be seeing Woo working for Nick Fury, perhaps even replacing Agent Coulson in the MCU as new heroes are introduced. Just a possibility. Seeing as how S.H.I.E.L.D was re-established in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we may even see Jimmy Woo subtly link the show with the rest of the MCU, although that is even more unlikely.

6 FACT: WALTON GOGGINS AS SONNY BURCH

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Former Cross Technological Enterprises employee, Sonny Burch, will be making an appearance in which he'll be played by Walton Goggins, which some may know from the FX series, Justified. If you don't know who Sonny Burch is, all you need to know is that he was a minor antagonist from the Iron Man comics whose superpower was getting away with throwing subordinates under the bus and money at problems.

There's no reason why we shouldn't expect Burch to play a similar role in Ant-Man and The Wasp, only this time he'll be up against Hank Pym and Pym Tech instead of Tony Stark. Given the tone of the film, we can probably expect his end to be significantly more lighthearted than it was in the comics, in which he shot himself out of shame.

5 FACT: GHOST

By now, you're probably wondering who the main antagonist of this fantastic sequel is going to be. You may have spotted the mysterious hooded figure in the trailer, who comic fans will recognize as Ghost, the anti-corporate tech phantom from the pages of Iron Man!

This might surprise some people, since this particular villain has never been associated with Ant-Man. However, Ant-Man's rogues' gallery is somewhat limited to... well, Yellowjacket and Egghead mostly. Ghost's nemesis wasn't the only change made to the character. You'll notice that unlike the comic book character, the film's Ghost is a woman, played by Hannah John-Kamen. It's not a significant change, given how little we know about the comic book character. Perhaps the film will fill in the glaring blanks!

4 RUMOR: A DIFFERENT GENRE

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We can still expect a lot of laughs out of Ant-Man and The Wasp, but that doesn't necessarily mean that we'll be sitting through another comedy. Early statements from Peyton Reed about his thoughts surrounding the sequel, indicate that this film will feature a different kind of atmosphere, certainly not that of a heist film.

There's also a good chance that we'll be seeing a lot of flashbacks in the film, especially since its focus will be on Hank and Janet's past. We know that familiar comedic elements will still be there, so don't expect the film to be too different from its predecessor, just slightly more serious with its more emotional elements. For example, it's almost guaranteed that the film will emphasize themes such as family, with a aprticular focus on Scott's daughter and Pym's family.

3 FACT: CAPTAIN MARVEL

We've talked a bit about how a full schedule forced Marvel Studios to release the film after Infinity War, in the slot that was originally planned for Captain Marvel, which is now scheduled for release in March 2019. The latter was delayed to accommodate additions to the MCU, such as Spider-Man: Homecoming.

This does present Ant-Man and The Wasp with new significance. While Captain Marvel will still be the first heroine in the MCU to have her own solo film, thanks to the changes in the schedule, Ant-Man and the Wasp is now the first film to feature a titular female character. Judging from everything we know about the film, it seems as though the Wasp will be developed just as fully as Captain Marvel.

2 RUMOR: IT COULD SHAPE PHASE 4

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The trailer shows us a lot of shrinking and a lot of the quantum realm where, as Hank Pym described, "all concept of time and space become irrelevant." That could mean more than just an exciting adventure for a single film. As Evangeline Lilly suggested in an interview, the exploration of the quantum realm in Ant-Man and The Wasp could open up a whole new world for Phase 4.

Lilly herself admitted that that was pretty much a guess. Still, it seems entirely plausible that the events of this film will help introduce new concepts to the MCU through the Pym Particles, just as easily as the Infinity Stones. It wouldn't be surprising if the quantum realm were to play a large role in defeating Thanos for the second part of Infinity War.

1 RUMOR: A SHORT SPAN OF TIME

Evidently, Scott and Hope aren't the only ones we'll see being kept short. The events of the film are rumored to take place in quite a short span of time. That may prove to be a good thing, as it would be easier to fit the film in between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. It'll be interesting to see how Scott and Hope will potentially change the MCU in the span of (presumably) a couple of days or less.

So, it looks like Scott will escape house arrest, they'll find Hope's mother (or answers about her), defeat Ghost and make it back in time for Thanos' arrival, or second coming, since Infinity War will have already been released in theatres.

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