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Ant-Man sequel confirmed for 2018

Coming off of its successful $409 million summer box office run, Marvel has officially confirmed an Ant-Man sequel. Ant-Man and the Wasp will be released on July 6, 2018 and will see the return of hero Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne.

Although the press release from the studio doesn't specify whether Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will reprise their roles, based on the way Marvel's contract system works (most actors sign on for a three movie deal), it's safe to assume they'll be back.

As comic book fans may know, The Wasp is a crucial character to the Ant-Man franchise. The character — who's also Hank Pym's wife in the series — didn't make an appearance in the first film, much to the confusion of diehard fans, so it'll be interesting to see how they work her story into the sequel.

In order to make room for the new feature, however, other Marvel movies like the anticipated Black Panther and Captain Marvel have been pushed back on the release schedule.

Black Panther is now scheduled to hit theaters on Feb. 16, 2018 while Captain Marvel will now be released on Mar. 8, 2019.

On top of that, Marvel also confirmed that three untitled movies will premiere on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and Nov. 6, 2020.