Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

upcoming superhero film produced by Marvel Studios

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
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Directed byPeyton Reed
Written byJeff Loveness
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Produced byKevin Feige
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Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
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Release date
  • February 17, 2023 (2023-02-17)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is an upcoming American superhero film based on Marvel Comics featuring the characters Scott Lang / Ant-Man and Hope Pym / Wasp. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the sequel to Ant-Man (2015) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) and the 32nd film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Peyton Reed from a screenplay by Jeff Loveness, and stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, alongside Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathryn Newton, and Jonathan Majors.

Plans for a third Ant-Man film were confirmed in November 2019, with Reed and Rudd returning. Loveness was hired by April 2020, with development on the film beginning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The film's title and new cast members were announced in December 2020. Filming in Turkey began in early February 2021, while additional filming occurred in San Francisco in mid-June, ahead of principal photography starting at the end of July at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Shooting is expected to also occur in Atlanta and will last until 2022.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is scheduled to be released in the United States on February 17, 2023, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.

Cast

Production

Development

Ahead of the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), director Peyton Reed said there were elements of that film that leave "a lot to play with" in a potential third film in the franchise. He highlighted the Quantum Realm, which was introduced in Ant-Man (2015) and explored further in Ant-Man and the Wasp; Reed said they were "just dipping our toes into it" for the previous films.[6] Reed added that he and Marvel Studios were hopeful about a third film and had discussed potential story points for such a sequel.[7]

In February 2019, Hank Pym actor Michael Douglas confirmed that informal discussions regarding a sequel to Ant-Man and the Wasp had taken place,[8] though by that time Evangeline Lilly had not heard of any plans for her character Hope van Dyne / Wasp following her role in Avengers: Endgame (2019). Lilly stated that "Hope is mid-journey. I don't see her journey as being over by any stretch."[9] That October, Michelle Pfeiffer expressed interest in reprising her role of Janet van Dyne in a sequel,[10] while Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was asked about the future of Paul Rudd's Scott Lang / Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) following Endgame, and responded that "the chess pieces were arranged very purposefully" at the end of that film, with some taken "off the board" and others, like Ant-Man, "still on [the board, so] you never know".[11] Rudd was asked whether he would be returning to the role, either in a third Ant-Man film or as part of another hero's MCU franchise, and said that both of those options had been discussed.[12]

Reed officially signed on to direct a third Ant-Man film at the start of November 2019. Rudd was set to star as Lang,[1] with Lilly and Douglas also returning.[2] Filming was scheduled to begin in January 2021 for a likely release date in 2022.[13][1] Reed was hired again, despite Marvel's interest in new filmmakers bringing different takes to their heroes for each film, because executives felt he had "a real grasp on the Ant-Man universe and want[ed] to see him return to wrap up his trilogy".[2] Jeff Loveness was hired to write the script for the film during "the early days of Hollywood's shutdown" due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and he had begun working on the screenplay by April 2020. At that point, it was no longer clear when production would begin on the film due to the effects of the pandemic on all film productions.[14] In August 2020, Reed confirmed that development on the film was continuing during the pandemic. He said that Lilly would continue to get equal billing in the film alongside Rudd as she is "a very, very important part" of the partnership between Ant-Man and the Wasp, despite rumors that her role would be reduced following controversial comments about the pandemic. Reed added that the story for the film had been "cracked", though "nothing [was] official yet",[15] and said the third film would be a "bigger, more sprawling movie than the first two [with] a very different visual template".[16]

Pre-production

In September 2020, Jonathan Majors was cast in a "lead role" for the film, which was reported to be Kang the Conqueror.[17] Because the actor cast as Kang would first portray an alternate version of the character, named He Who Remains, in the Disney+ series Loki, Kate Herron and Michael Waldron—the director and head writer of Loki's first season, respectively—were involved in casting Majors in addition to Reed and executives at Marvel Studios;[18][5] Majors was approached for the role without an audition.[19] In November, filming was expected to start in 2021.[20] In December, Pfeiffer confirmed her involvement and that filming would begin in mid-2021.[3] Shortly after at Disney's Investor Day, Feige revealed the film's title as Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, confirmed the return of Rudd, Lilly, Douglas, and Pfeiffer, alongside Majors as Kang, and revealed that Kathryn Newton had joined the film as Cassie Lang.[4] Emma Fuhrmann, who played the character as a teenager in Avengers: Endgame, was saddened by the announcement of Newton taking over the role, and hoped to be involved in the MCU in the future.[21] Later that month, Loveness revealed that he had turned in the first draft of the script, and said Marvel had used the COVID-19 pandemic break to "do something new and weird" with the film.[22] Pfeiffer and Douglas both indicated that the film would be released in 2022.[23][24]

Filming

On February 4, 2021, Turkey's Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Ersoy announced that shooting for the film had begun in the country's region of Cappadocia, with the production also set to film in other parts of Turkey.[25] At the beginning of March, Tip "T.I." Harris was revealed to not be returning as his character Dave from the first two Ant-Man films.[26][27] This news came after sexual abuse allegations against Harris and his wife Tameka Cottle arose at the end of February, but Variety reported that this was unrelated and Harris was never set to return for the sequel.[26] In early May 2021, Marvel Studios announced that the film would be released on February 17, 2023.[28] In mid-June, Rudd and Douglas headed to England to prepare for filming.[29][30] Shooting to capture exterior shots and background plates took place at the San Francisco Police Department Central Station in North Beach, San Francisco on June 19 and 20, with filming of the station's interior, the outward view of the building, and downtown San Francisco.[31] In July, Joanna Robinson of Vanity Fair reported that Corey Stoll would reprise his role as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket from Ant-Man in "some shape" for Quantumania.[32]

Principal photography began on July 26, 2021,[33] at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire,[34] using the working title Dust Bunny.[35] Industrial Light & Magic's StageCraft virtual production technology, which Reed used while directing episodes of the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian, is being used for the film.[34] Principal photography was previously set to begin in January 2021, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[13][14][36] It was then expected to take place between May 31 and September 24.[37] Will Htay served as production designer.[38] By September 16, over 50 crew members from Pinewood Studios productions, including Quantumania, contracted norovirus following an outbreak at the studio. The main cast was not affected.[39] Filming is also expected to take place in Atlanta,[37] and the production will return to San Francisco in 2022 with the cast.[31]

Release

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is scheduled to be released on February 17, 2023.[28] The film was previously set to be released in 2022.[38][23][24] It will be part of Phase Four of the MCU.[40]

Future

In June 2015, Reed proposed a prequel film focused on a younger version of Hank Pym,[41] an idea that Douglas expressed interest in by June 2018.[42]

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