Following the announcement that the increasingly populated Batman Vs. Superman has been pushed back a year to 2016, Marvel has quickly filled the void with Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Ant-Man. Previously slated for the very end of July next year, its new release date is 17 July 2015.
DC/Warner will still go head-to-head with Marvel/Disney when Batman Vs. Superman is released on 6 May 2016. It’s currently slated to go against an Untitled Marvel Studios Film on the same day. In addition to this, Fox will release X-Men: Apocalypse several weeks later on 22 May, making it one of the most hotly contested super summers on record.
Ant-Man will be co-written by Wright and Joe Cornish, starring Paul Rudd as Ant-Man/Scott Lang and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Production is expected to start “later this year”.
For those of you keeping count, the forthcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe slate looks a little like this:
3 April 2014 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
1 August 2014 – Guardians of the Galaxy
1 May 2015 – Avengers: Age of Ultron 2
17 July 2015 – Ant-Man
6 May 2016 – Untitled Marvel Phase 3 Film
8 July 2016 – Untitled Marvel Phase 3 Film
5 May 2017 – Untitled Marvel Phase 3 Film