Ant-Man 3 might not be any Marvel fan’s most anticipated MCU movie, but it could turn out to be one of the most significant of the post-Endgame MCU.
The threequel was officially confirmed in November 2019 with Peyton Reed back as director along with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly reprising their roles as Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne, AKA Ant-Man and The Wasp.
And it turns out that they could be facing off against the MCU’s next Big Bad.
Paul Rudd looking at the camera: Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd on the set of Ant-Man and The Wasp© Ben Rothstein / Marvel Studios 2018 Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd on the set of Ant-Man and The Wasp
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But who is it and why is it so significant? Read on to find out everything you need to know about Ant-Man 3.
Ant-Man 3 cast: Who’s coming back for Ant-Man 3?
As mentioned above, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are expected to reprise their roles for the third movie, although nothing has yet been confirmed about the cast by Marvel.
They’ll likely be joined by Michael Douglas as Hank Pym – the actor confirmed it himself to Collider – and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne too, given she survived Avengers: Endgame as well.
The most interesting casting though comes with the addition of Lovecraft Country’s Jonathan Majors, reportedly as Marvel supervillain Kang the Conqueror. Kang could well be the next Thanos in the MCU as he’s set to appear in other movies too.
And there’s every chance that if Majors is playing Kang, it could be setting the stage for the arrival of the Fantastic Four in the MCU.
Other likely returns for the threequel include Michael Peña as the extremely talkative Luis, Judy Greer as Scott’s ex-wife Maggie and Bobby Cannavale as Maggie’s new husband Jim Paxton.
Avengers: Endgame did add a wrinkle, though, in that it’s now five years since Ant-Man and The Wasp in the MCU, so Abby Ryder Fortson won’t be back as Cassie Lang.
It’s likely instead that Emma Fuhrmann will reprise her Endgame role as the teenage Cassie and if she is back, Fuhrmann is excited by the prospect of potentially being a part of the Young Avengers in the future.
“They’re [Marvel] very secretive, but from my research, I know that in the comics Cassie becomes Stature and Stinger in Young Avengers and that would be very cool,” she told ComicBook.com.
Director Peyton Reed also hasn’t ruled out a potential return for Walter Goggins as villain Sonny Burch: “There’s always a chance.”
Behind the scenes, Rick and Morty writer Jeff Loveness has signed on to write the script, but it’s not yet clear if Paul Rudd will be involved in the writing stage as he was with both previous movies.
Ant-Man 3 release date: When will Ant-Man 3 be released?
The official confirmation of the threequel didn’t come with a release date, but Ant-Man 3 is apparently set for “a likely release in 2022”.
This was before the current global situation affected film production everywhere and the releases of already-filmed movies, such as the MCU having to shift the release schedule for Phase 4.
Michael Peña had originally suggested that the movie would film in early 2021 and that could still be the case, opening up the possibility for a 2022 release. However, Marvel only has one other 2022 release date set aside after the schedule shuffle and that’s October 7.
The previous Ant-Man movies have been late summer releases though, so we reckon it’s more likely to arrive in 2023 in either the May 5 or July 28 slots currently set aside for ‘untitled Marvel movies’.
This is all speculation for now until we know exactly when the threequel will film and Marvel’s plans for the release.
Ant-Man 3 plot: Who is the villain of Ant-Man 3?
The reported arrival of Kang certainly points to him being the main villain of the third movie, although he feels too big for Ant-Man and The Wasp to deal with alone.
It could well be that Kang is introduced in the movie, but not the main villain, so that sets the stage for either the return of Sonny Burch as he seeks his revenge. But could the sequel have hidden a future villain in plain sight?
As part of Ghost’s backstory, it was revealed that her father was none other than Elihas Starr. He was seemingly killed off during a quantum experiment that caused Ghost’s state, yet that doesn’t necessarily rule out a comeback.
In the comics, Elihas Starr is the long-time foe of Ant-Man – a criminal genius known as ‘Egghead’, although Ant-Man and The Wasp didn’t force actor Michael Cerveris to wear a pointy prosthetic headpiece for the role.
Given that the MCU’s world has changed dramatically since Avengers: Endgame, we think it’s unlikely that Egghead will make an appearance and it’s more likely that Ant-Man 3 will look more to the future (hello Young Avengers) than the past.
But you just never know.
We don’t really know too much about what else to expect in the third movie, other than the fact that Scott and Hope will continue to be joint leads, like in the sequel.
“They’re a partnership, and she’s a very, very important part of that,” Reed explained. “And that was a very gratifying thing, I guess technically we were the first Marvel movie with a female hero in the title of the movie.”
Maybe we’ll finally get an answer to what happened to those missing Pym Particles from the first movie too.
Ant-Man 3 trailer: Any Ant-Man 3 footage yet?
If a 2022 release is confirmed, expect footage of some kind at Comic-Con 2021 if the threequel has started filming by then.
But right now, we don’t have anything for you, unfortunately.