The upcoming “Phase 3” slate of Marvel Cinematic Universe films has seen a reshuffling of its films’ release dates. Marvel’s decided that this summer’s “Ant-Man” film was such a success, it’s greenlit a sequel, titled “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Marvel’s press release states: “The sequel will mark the first Marvel Studios film named after its heroine.” If you can call second-billing as “named after,” sure.
This comes at the expense of the film release dates for “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel.” “Black Panther” will be moved up to February 16, 2018, while “Captain Marvel” has been pushed back to March 8, 2019.
Finally, three new films have been announced for 2020, though information and titles are unknown.
An updated Marvel (and DC) film schedule is available at Comic Book Resources.
On the plus side, “Black Panther” fans get to look forward to a major film due out in what’s normally a dead zone (February, which is also Black History Month…hmm…), and sooner than previously planned. On the other hand, “Captain Marvel” fans are less than thrilled. Hopefully, the films planned for 2020 will be something surprising: Ms. Marvel? A revamped Howard the Duck? Squirrel Girl (if they can get Fox to share the rights on “mutants”)?