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Marvel announces Ant-Man sequel for 2018 – and further big plans ahead

In case you thought 2020 would come without a Marvel movie: nope

Last year, Marvel Studios detailed out an impressive slate of superhero films for the next several years, and the comic book giant hasn’t stopped expanding the lineup: a Spider-Man reboot made with Sony was slotted into summer 2017 earlier this year.

And there’s more, now. Today, Marvel announced that this summer’s Ant-Man will get a sequel in 2018 titled Ant-Man and the Wasp, throwing a nod to the heroine teased in the first entry. It’s the first time a Marvel movie has been named after a female hero – a point the company made perhaps due to continuing calls for a Black Widow standalone flick.

Furthermore, Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will extend past 2019 with a trio of new, unnamed films coming in 2020: on 1 May, 10 July, and 6 November, respectively. To accommodate the addition of Ant-Man and the Wasp, the upcoming Black Panther will shift up to 16 February 2018, while Captain Marvel slides to 8 March 2019.

Phase 3 will be Marvel’s most robust and wide-ranging saga to date, spanning at least five years’ worth of films and featuring numerous standalone hero flicks before the two-part The Avengers: Infinity War hits cinemas across 2018 and 2019. Other notable entries include a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel and next year’s Doctor Strange.

It all kicks off with Captain American: Civil War, the hero’s third starring flick that seems about as crowded as an Avengers team-up. It’s where Spider-Man will make his first appearance within the Cinematic Universe, plus a wide range of other heroes from various Marvel flicks will show up. That debuts on 6 May 2016, and then you can expect 2-3 Marvel films per year for the foreseeable future.

[Source: Marvel]

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Andrew writes features, news stories, reviews, and other pieces, often when the UK home team is off-duty or asleep. I'm based in Chicago with my lovely wife, amazing son, and silly cats, and my writing about games, gadgets, esports, apps, and plenty more has appeared in more than 75 publications since 2006.

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