Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania: Release Date, Cast, And More

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Who would have thought that Ant-Man would one day have his own movie trilogy like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Spider-Man? He's not exactly an A-list Avenger in the comics, but the eternally youthful Paul Rudd and company have managed to give Ant-Man's corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe its own charm. Moviegoers will have the chance to revisit that incredible shrinking world in 2023.

Here's what we know about "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania."

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania: Release Date and Where You Can Watch It

"Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania" is crawling toward a release date of July 28, 2023. The reason it's crawling like an ant instead of flying like a wasp is because this is one of the movies that had its release date postponed when Marvel pushed back its entire 2022 slate. It was originally supposed to open on February 17, 2023, but "The Marvels" took that slot when the studio bumped it from 2022 to 2023.

Now, "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania" will open in summer of 2023, and unless something changes, it should have a window of theatrical exclusivity before it heads to the Disney+ streaming service. Due to the pandemic, Marvel's release strategy has been in flux, but if "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania" follows the model of "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, it would be in theaters for 70 days before you could stream it.

What Is Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania?

"Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania" is the third Ant-Man movie and the 33rd movie overall in the MCU. The film's title alludes to more time-traveling and/or multiverse-hopping shenanigans courtesy of the Quantum Realm, which our insect-sized (and sometimes giant-sized) hero has been known to visit by shrinking to sub-atomic levels.

Ant-Man was instrumental in enabling the Avengers to pull off time travel (or a "time heist," as he put it) in "Avengers: Endgame;" and in "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania," he and the Wasp will be squaring off against a new multiversal nemesis named Kang. More on Kang below ...

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania Director and Writer

Peyton Reed, who directed the first two "Ant-Man" movies, is returning to helm "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania." At present, Jeff Loveness is the only credited screenwriter, but previous "Ant-Man" movies have had four or five different screenwriters. Paul Rudd himself had a hand in both scripts before this, and Marvel movies in general usually have two or more screenwriters, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Rudd's name or others added to the credits as the script goes through more drafts.

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania Cast

Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer are set to reprise their roles as Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym, and Janet van Dyne in "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania." Kathryn Newton will take over the role of Scott's daughter, Cassie, who aged five years during the time jump in "Avengers: Endgame."

It hasn't been officially confirmed yet that Michael Peña and David Dastmalchian, who played Scott's former criminal cohorts, Luis and Kurt, are returning. However, we know that rapper T.I. won't be back, so his X-Con Security crew member, Dave, would need to be recast if they're going to include him.

The new villain for "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania" is major Marvel baddie, Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors. An alternate version of this character, He Who Remains, made his debut in the finale of "Loki" season 1. As the dust settled from that finale, showrunner Michael Wadron teased that "Kang was probably going to be the next big cross-movie villain" for Phase Four of the MCU, much like Thanos was up until the end of Phase Three.