Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on Ant-Man and The Wasp, starring Paul Rudd (â€œCaptain America: Civil War,â€Â â€œThe Fundamentals of Caringâ€), Evangeline Lilly (â€œThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,â€ â€œLostâ€),Â Michael PeÃ±a (â€œThe Martian,â€ â€œFuryâ€) and Academy AwardÂ® winner Michael Douglas (â€œBehind the Candelabra,â€ â€œWall Streetâ€), Â who all return to the roles they originated in the 2015 box office hit â€œAnt-Man.â€Â Bobby Cannavale (â€œVinyl,â€ â€œChefâ€), Judy Greer (â€œWar for the Planet of the Apes,â€ â€œWilsonâ€), Abby Ryder Fortson (â€œTogetherness,â€ â€œTransparentâ€), Tip â€œT.I.â€ Harris (â€œSleepless,â€ â€œGet Hardâ€) and David Dastmalchian (â€œTwin Peaks,â€ â€œThe Belko Experimentâ€) also reprise their supporting roles.
The highly-anticipated follow-up welcomes Academy AwardÂ® nominees Michelle Pfeiffer (â€œThe Wizard of Lies,â€ upcoming â€œMurder on the Orient Expressâ€) and Laurence Fishburne (â€œJohn Wick: Chapter 2,â€ â€œThe Matrixâ€), along with Hannah John-Kamen (â€œBlack Mirror,â€ â€œReady Player Oneâ€), Walton Goggins (â€œVice Principals,â€ â€œSixâ€) and Randall Park (â€œVeep,â€ â€œFresh Off the Boatâ€) to the ensemble cast.
â€œAnt-Manâ€ director Peyton Reed (â€œYes Man,â€ â€œThe Break-Upâ€) returns to helm Marvel Studiosâ€™ action-adventure from a screenplay byChris McKenna & Erik Sommers,Â Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, and Paul Rudd. The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on July 6, 2018, will be filmed in Atlanta and San Francisco.
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: â€œAnt-Man and The Wasp.â€ Â In the aftermath of â€œCaptain America:Â Civil War,â€ Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father.Â As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, heâ€™s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
Marvel Studiosâ€™â€™ â€œAnt-Man and The Waspâ€ is produced by Kevin Feige with Louis Dâ€™Esposito, Victoria Alonso,Â Stephen Broussard, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.
The directorâ€™s creative brain trust includes Academy AwardÂ®-nominated director of photography Dante Spinotti (â€œL.A. Confidentialâ€), production designer Shepherd Frankel (â€œAnt-Manâ€), costume designer Louise Frogley (â€œSpider-Man:Â Homecomingâ€), visuals effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti (â€œDoctor Strangeâ€) and seven-time Academy AwardÂ® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (â€œCaptain America: Civil Warâ€).
Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success with the release of â€œGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2â€ on May 5, which topped the opening weekend box office with a domestic take of over $146 million and has gone on to garner over $860 million at the worldwide box office to date.
On July 7, â€œSpider-Man: Homecomingâ€ opened at #1 with an opening weekend box office of $117 million and has earned a worldwide box office of over $633 million to date.
In 2016, Marvel Studios released â€œCaptain America: Civil War,â€ which opened on May 6 with the fifth largest opening weekend of all time and has since garnered box office receipts of over $1.15 billion worldwide.
The juggernaut studio ended last year with its newest Super Hero â€œDoctor Strange,â€ starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams. The film opened #1 at the box office on November 4 and went on to gross more than $677 million worldwide to date. The two films propelled Marvel Studiosâ€™ #1 domestic box-office opening streak to a record-breaking 14 consecutive films.
Marvel Studiosâ€™ other epic big-screen adventures includeÂ â€œIron Man,â€ â€œThe Incredible Hulk,â€ â€œIron Man 2,â€ â€œThor,â€ â€œCaptain America: The First Avenger,â€ â€œMarvelâ€™s The Avengers,â€ â€œIron Man 3,â€ â€œThor: The Dark World,â€ â€œCaptain America: The Winter Soldier,â€ â€œGuardians of the Galaxy,â€ â€œAvengers: Age of Ultron,â€ â€œAnt-Manâ€ and the upcoming â€œThor: Ragnarokâ€ (November 3, 2017), â€œBlack Pantherâ€ (February 16, 2018) and â€œAvengers: Infinity Warâ€ (May 4, 2018).