The Marvel Cinematic Universe turned its attention to something smaller in 2015 with Ant-Man, which followed Scott Lang's shift from sympathetic thief to shrinking superhero. Scott returned in Captain America: Civil War last year, but we'll delve back fully into his corner of the MCU next year in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which, as the title makes clear, will also serve as Hope van Dyne's official Wasp debut. While this past San Diego Comic-Con officially revealed some of the characters who will be introduced in the sequel, so far plot details have been scarce, but now new information has come to light claiming that when Ant-Man and the Wasp begins, Scott Lang is no longer Ant-Man.
When we left off Scott Lang in Captain America: Civil War, he was behind bars aboard The Raft with Falcon, Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye for aiding Captain America, but at the end of that movie, Steve Rogers broke into the underwater prison to free his allies. Supposedly Ant-Man and the Wasp starts off with Scott Lang back in custody, only this time, he's under house arrest. It wasn't revealed why he's been sentenced to this kind of imprisonment, but because of what went down in Captain America: Civil War, Scott is okay with having left his superhero life behind him, instead preferring to spend time with his daughter, Cassie.
Meanwhile, Hope van Dyne and Hank Pym have been attempting to find a way to retrieve Janet van Dyne, a.k.a. the original Wasp, from the Quantum Realm. Because sinister parties are on their tail, the father/daughter duo have been on the run in a mobile Pym Particles-shrunken lab. Although Hope and Hank are reportedly displeased that Scott Lang went to Germany to partake in a superhero brawl, but as unofficial set photos have already shown, Scott will eventually reunite with them. MCU Exchange's report also noted that Ant-Man and the Wasp will take place over a "very short amount of time."
Along with Michelle Pfeiffer playing Janet van Dyne, Ant-Man and the Wasp's newcomers will include Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo. None of them were mentioned in this plot report, though one can surmise that a few (if not all) of them are probably among the folks chasing after Hope van Dyne and Hank Pym. It's also worth noting that Paul Rudd will be reprising Ant-Man in Avengers: Infinity War, which arrives a few months before Ant-Man and the Wasp. So if the above information is true, does this mean that the events of Infinity War somehow play into Scott's new status quo at the start of the Ant-Man sequel, or does this movie take place before he aids the Avengers and the MCU's other superheroes in battling Thanos? Only time will tell.
Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018. Be sure to also look through our 2018 premiere guide to find out what other movies are being released next year.
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