Posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
We’re going to see Edgar Wright‘s Marvel movie a few months earlier than originally planned. Ant-Man, the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3, was originally set for release on November 5, 2015. It has now been moved up to July 31, 2015. That’s about two months after Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters plus it’ll no longer directly compete with the 24th James Bond film and Peanuts animated film.
With Ant-Man moving from Fall to the Summer, Disney now has four confirmed titles with Summer 2015 release dates: Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, Inside Out on June 19, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 on July 10 and now this. That leaves very little Summer room for Star Wars Episode VII and helps support the idea that Disney will bump that film back to Winter.
The Wrap first tweeted the release date change.
Moving Ant-Man into Summer not only has Star Wars ramifications, it shows incredible confidence in a little-known character. Ant-Man will now open two weeks after Batman vs. Superman, the massive DC comics film directed by Zack Snyder currently set to open July 17, 2015. By that point in the summer, audiences are likely to be kind of superheroed out. Giving Ant-Man this slot shows that Disney believes it can survive there.
It also happens to be the same weekend Guardians of the Galaxy opens a year earlier, on August 1, 2014. Marvel seems to be hammering home that not only is the first weekend in May theirs, but the first in August too, as they’ll introduce two new entities two years in a row on the same weekend.
What do you think this move says for Ant-Man? When will we hear casting?