We are, at the time of writing, exactly one year out from the theatrical release of Ant-Man and the Wasp here in the States, and it seems Marvel is ready to fire things up on Peyton Reed’s diminutive sequel.
Tonight during their San Diego Comic-Con panel, the studio kicked things off with Scott Lang’s next solo adventure, revealing that Michelle Pfeiffer has joined the cast as Janet Van Dyne. Furthermore, they revealed that Hannah John-Kamen will be playing Ghost, Randall Park is set to portray Agent Jimmy Woo and Laurence Fishburne will climb on board as Bill Foster. Not only that, but Marvel also offered up some exciting new concept art for the sequel, which should be online shortly. Once it is, we’ll be sure to update this post.
Circling back to the casting though, and this is certainly exciting news. The biggest takeaway here is obviously Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne. For those unfamiliar, “Van Dyne is the original Wasp and a founding member — and one-time leader — of the Avengers. She continued as a superhero even after Pym retired from adventuring, until she was lost in a sub-atomic realm and assumed dead. She later returned, entirely healthy, because comics.” The character is expected to have a large role in the sequel and it’s great to see they’ve tapped such a terrific actress to bring her to life.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is one of three marquee features pegged to arrive in 2018 – the other two being Black Panther and the grandiose Avengers: Infinity War. Reed is back in the director’s chair (as mentioned above), working from a script penned by Gabriel Ferrari and Paul Rudd. The latter will don the super-suit once more as Scott Lang, who will be fighting alongside a new ally in the form of Evangeline Lilly’s kick-ass Hope Van Dyne. Having spent much of Peyton Reed’s sleeper hit on the sidelines, the actress will finally get the chance to suit up and, frankly, it’s about damn time.
Ant-Man and the Wasp flies into theatres on July 6th, 2018.