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Ant-Man 3 Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

The Marvel Cinematic Universe came to a head in April 2019 with the release of Avengers: Endgame. Over a decade and 22 films after Iron Man first flew across the big screen in 2008, our heroes came together for an epic battle against the Mad Titan Thanos and his armies in the biggest crossover in cinematic history. 

It was a Herculean feat by Marvel Studios and Disney, but the MCU must go on — and with many of our favorite heroes surviving the showdown with Thanos, it didn't take long for Marvel to confirm (at an epic San Diego Comic-Con 2019 presentation) that the likes of Doctor Strange and Thor would be receiving solo sequels in Phase 4. Among the more glaring omissions to the lineup, though, was a third solo vehicle for Scott Lang — the diminutive (and, when the mood strikes him, enormous) hero known as Ant-Man.

Rumors abounded throughout 2019 that Lang (played by Paul Rudd) and his partner Hope Van Dyne, aka the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), would return for another caper — but nothing solidified until November of that year, when The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Peyton Reed, director of the tiny Avenger's first two solo flicks, would indeed return for a third. 

Ant-fans rejoiced, but they also had a few questions. Will there be more Quantum Realm craziness? Will Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his wife Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) return? Will Scott's buddy Luis (Michael Peña) explain some circumstance or another in exhaustive and hilarious fashion? 

Details are so far slight, but here's everything we know about Ant-Man 3 — officially titled Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

What's the release date for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania?

As you may have guessed, Marvel hasn't yet announced a release date for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, but we can take a guess as to the general time frame thanks to comments that Michael Douglas made to Collider shortly after the flick was confirmed. Speaking about his upcoming projects, Douglas said that "January 2021 is our date for starting another Marvel" — and while he didn't specifically mention Ant-Man 3, we think we can safely assume that he was referring to the three-quel.

Of course, Douglas didn't hint at a possible release date for the film — but given Marvel's typical production schedules, it seems likely that the third Ant-Man outing will arrive in theaters sometime in 2022, and since previous installments have arrived smack-dab in the middle of the summer, we're going to go with that.

This would make Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania among the first offerings to drop in Marvel's Phase 5, which would put it in good company. Also on tap for that phase are Black Panther 2 and the Mahershali Ali-starring Blade, along with (probably) Captain Marvel 2 and James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Who is in the cast of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania?

Operating under the assumption that Douglas was indeed referring to Ant-Man 3 in his comments to Collider, his use of "our" in his comments apparently confirms that he will be saddling up to reprise the role of Pym. Rudd and Lilly are also expected to continue holding down their roles as Ant-Man and the Wasp, and it would surprise us not at all to see Peña's Luis return, along with Lang's buddies Dave (Tip "T.I." Harris) and Kurt (David Dastmalchian).

One cast member who won't appear in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is Abby Ryder Fortson, who took on the role of Scott's adorable daughter Cassie in the first two films. With the five-year time jump that took place in Avengers: Endgame, the now-teenage Cassie was portrayed in that film by Emma Fuhrmann ... but she won't be in the third Ant-Man movie either. As Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirmed at the 2020 Disney Investor Day event on December 10, Kathryn Newton of Freaky and Detective Pikachu fame will portray Cassie in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

For the time being, we have no idea who may fill the role of Ant-Man 3's antagonist, or what Avengers might make guest appearances. We'd like to be the first, however, to go on record lobbying for the return of the mouse that freed Lang from the Quantum Realm in Endgame. Hey, the little critter literally saved the universe; he deserves at least a cameo.

What's the plot of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania?

As of December 2020, we have zero plot details for Ant-Man 3 yet — but that won't stop the entire internet, of which we are a part, from speculating. One theory suggests that Cassie will be instrumental to the plot, donning her own superhero suit for the first time to become the hero known as Stature; the theory further suggests that this development could serve to introduce  Marvel's Young Avengers

Another theory is that the film will be integral to finally introducing the Fantastic Four into the MCU. This notion, popular among fans, is interesting given the fact that Feige's closing comments at San Diego Comic-Con after announcing the Phase 4 lineup were, "I didn't even have time to talk about the Fantastic Four."  

The theory posits that the Marvel's First Family have spent decades trapped in the Quantum Realm, which of course was introduced to the MCU in the Ant-Man films. It suggests that Lang and Van Dyne will come across the Fantastic Four — who were sucked into the realm in the course of experiments carried out by Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, in the '60s — while exploring said Realm, and restore them to their proper size. 

Since we're talking about the Fantastic Four, the theory also offers up a potential villain for the third film in the form of Kang the Conqueror. The time-traveling baddie is intimately connected to the FF, and his introduction could supply the MCU with another potential Thanos-level threat to come into play in future movies.

But really, when have we ever known the plot of a Marvel movie prior to its release? The studio has managed to keep an incredibly tight lid on their secrets, even going so far as to bamboozle fans with clips in trailers that are deliberately meant to mislead. However, you can count on us to keep our eyes peeled for any additional rumors, news, or announcements to come down the pike regarding Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and we'll keep you up to speed.