Here’s everything we know about ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

Wasp, Ghost, and jokes aplenty fill Marvel's new 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' trailer

Marvel Studios made one of its smallest characters a big star in 2015’s Ant-Man, and now Paul Rudd’s size-shifting superhero is poised to return alongside Evangeline Lilly in the team-up movie Ant-Man and the Wasp. The latest update on the film delivers a brand-new, action-packed trailer.

The sequel to Ant-Man brings back director Peyton Reed, as well as Rudd and Lilly as Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne, respectively. Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, which saw Ant-Man experiment with his ability to enlarge his body in addition to shrinking, Ant-Man and the Wasp also brings back Michael Douglas as the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, and introduces Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp.

Scheduled to hit theaters July 6, 2018 — hot on the heels of Marvel’s star-studded showstopper, Avengers: Infinity War — Ant-Man and the Wasp will be the 20th movie in Marvel’s rapidly expanding cinematic universe. Here’s everything we know about the movie so far.

So much more to see

A few days after Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters, Marvel served up a reminder that Ant-Man and the Wasp is next up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’s going to be big — but in a very different way. The studio released a new, full-length trailer for the film (see above) that adds quite a bit more of Lilly’s flying, size-changing Wasp, and more scenes from Ant-Man’s exploits as one of the MCU’s hard-luck heroes.

The trailer also firmly sets the events before those of Infinity War, and even has a brief scene featuring Laurence Fishburne’s character in the film, Bill Foster, who’s better known to Marvel Comics readers as another size-changing superhero: Goliath.

Flying into action

An April interview with the Ant-Man and the Wasp cast and creative team featured in Entertainment Weekly offered up a few more details about the film’s plot, as well as some new photos from the anticipated Marvel movie.

According to Lilly, Scott Lang’s return from the microscopic Quantum Realm in the first film was a defining point in the mythology surrounding the size-changing superheroes.

“[That was] something they thought was impossible,” she said of Scott’s brief foray into the subatomic universe. “The question has arisen, ‘Can Janet come back?’ So the entire film, my character is hell-bent on finding a way to get into the Quantum Realm and bring her back.”

As for the film’s sinister, phase-shifting villain, Reed explained why The Ghost will be played by actress Hannah John-Kamen (Ready Player One) in the film, despite the character being male in the Marvel Comics universe.

“The Ghost character could be male, female, anything, so it just seemed more interesting to us [to cast a woman],” said Reed. “Ghost’s primary power is the ability to ‘phase,’ which allows Ghost to move through solid matter. She has all sorts of strange versions of that phasing power — it proves quite difficult for Ant-Man and Wasp to deal with.”

So much to see

The first, official trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp was released January 30, and the preview makes it clear early on that Lilly’s flying, size-changing character is no sidekick to Rudd’s Ant-Man. In fact, she delivers some of the trailer’s most memorable action sequences.

Hank Pym (Douglas) also seems to have been hard at work, as the footage features extensive use of a few new tools in Ant-Man and Wasp’s arsenal, including a device that changes the size of just about anything it’s used on — and that apparently includes a van in motion, a Pez dispenser, and even an entire building.

The trailer also sets the events of the film firmly after Ant-Man’s exploits in Captain America: Civil War, which put him on the wrong side of the law yet again, and offers our first good look at Ghost, the Marvel Comics villain played by John-Kamen in the film.

A picture and a story

In January 2018, Disney and Marvel Studios paired the release of the official plot synopsis for Ant-Man and the Wasp with a new photo from the film featuring the titular, size-changing superheroes.

The photo features Lilly and Rudd in costume as Wasp and Ant-Man, respectively, and puts the spotlight on the high-tech suits that will allow them to change size for more adventures in the microscopic Quantum Realm.

As for the film’s synopsis, the studio’s official summary of the movie’s plot reads as follows:

“From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes Ant-Man and The Wasp, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.”

Hello, Ghost

In July, Killjoys and Game of Thrones actress John-Kamen was cast as the mercenary corporate espionage agent Ghost, who’s expected to be one of the film’s lead villains. Now, photos of John-Kamen in costume on the set of the film have found their way online, and they offer a peek at how the movie will tweak her Marvel Comics character and a preview of what appears to be a brawl between Ghost and Wasp (Lilly).

The photo appeared on a Spanish-language Instagram account and was accompanied by a video of the fight scene being filmed. The photo and video make it clear that John-Kamen’s character is being reworked quite a bit for the movie (beyond simply changing the character’s gender), but it’s unknown how big of a role she’ll play in the story.

In Marvel’s comics canon, Ghost is a former engineer who developed technology that could remain functional while simultaneously becoming intangible (and eventually invisible, too). After he was double-crossed by his corporate bosses, he merged his own consciousness with the tech he developed, and began a career as a high-priced mercenary specializing in corporate espionage.

Created by David Michelinie and Bob Layton, the character Ghost first appeared in a 1987 issue of Iron Man, and went on to become a frequent thorn in the side of Tony Stark and other Marvel heroes.

Introducing … The Wasp

On August 28, which would have been the 100th birthday of Jack Kirby, co-creator of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Evangeline Lilly posted the first, official photo of herself in costume as the winged superhero.

The actress released the photo on Twitter, and it shows her in the Wasp’s size-changing suit, sans helmet.

“I am honoured to be on set today playing #TheWasp on what would be Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday. #ThankYouJackKirby #AntManAndTheWasp,” wrote Lilly in the photo’s caption.

A month later, Lilly was seen on the set of the film in full costume — complete with helmet. A series of photos posted on featured Lilly in the same Wasp suit seen in the previous photo, and offered the first look at the helmet she’ll wear as the size-changing superhero.

The suit shown in the photo differs from both the original suit depicted in the mid-credits scene from Ant-Man (pictured below) and Andy Park’s painted poster for the film, so it’s uncertain whether this will indeed be the Wasp’s final costume or some alternate version of her outfit for the film.

The past informs the future

Details are scarce regarding the plot of Ant-Man and the Wasp, but early indications suggest that Scott Lang (Rudd) and Hope van Dyne (Lilly) will find themselves teamed up on a new mission involving secrets from Hank Pym’s early adventures as the original Ant-Man. Scott will be doing all of this while trying to balance the demands of being a father with his newfound role as a size-changing superhero.


One particular element of Hank’s past that will be introduced in the film will be his wife, Janet van Dyne (as played by Pfeiffer), the mother of Hope. The 2015 film indicated that Janet was lost in the Quantum Realm during a top-secret mission with Hank, so it’s reasonable to expect that the sequel will shed some light on that mission and Janet’s fate.

Fans wondering if the romantic aspects of the relationship between Ant-Man and the Wasp will make the transition from Marvel Comics page to screen are also likely to get some answers in the sequel, as Reed indicated in December 2015 that this is one of several elements he’s looking forward to exploring down the road.


“[The relationship between Ant-Man and the Wasp] is a thing that, in the comics, was a romantic partnership and a heroic partnership, so it’s going to be fun to play around with that and discover what the movie version of that is,” he told Comic Book Resources.

The script for Ant-Man and the Wasp was penned by The LEGO Batman Movie and Spider-Man: Homecoming writing team of Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, as well as Andrew Barrer (Haunt), Gabriel Ferrari, and Rudd himself.

No small parts

Along with Rudd, Lilly, and Douglas, several supporting cast members from the 2015 movie will also be returning.


Michael Peña, David Dastmalchian (pictured above), and Tip “T.I.” Harris will all return as the members of Scott Lang’s heist team from the first film. They’ll be joined by returning cast member Judy Greer as Maggie, Scott’s ex-wife and the mother of Scott’s daughter; and Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, the San Francisco police officer who was engaged to Maggie in the original movie. Abby Ryder Fortson will also return as Cassie, the daughter of Scott and Maggie.

Newcomer Michelle Pfeiffer as Hope’s mother will be joined by Laurence Fishburne (pictured below) as Bill Foster, a character from the Marvel Comics universe who was initially Hank Pym’s laboratory assistant and later became the size-changing superhero Goliath.

Man Of Steel Laurence Fishburne Perry White

In July 2017, several casting announcements were made in the lead-up to — and during — Marvel Studios’ annual panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Among the additions to the cast were John-Kamen as Ghost, Sons of Anarchy and The Hateful Eight actor Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, and The Interview and Veep actor Randall Park as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jimmy Woo.

The big picture(s)

Although Marvel Studios first announced plans for Ant-Man and the Wasp in October 2015, it took until July 2017 for the studio to give fans their first look at the highly anticipated sequel.

During the annual Comic-Con International convention in San Diego, Marvel debuted the official logo for Ant-Man and the Wasp, along with some concept art featuring both Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne in their super-powered, size-changing suits.

Just after the Marvel panel concluded, artist Andy Park revealed (via Twitter) the official poster art he created for the film featuring its two leads and some of the supporting cast. The painted image appears to show Scott Lang in his massive “Giant-Man” form that debuted during Captain America: Civil War rather than his microscopic Ant-Man persona.

In addition to giving us a good look at Giant-Man in action, the poster also features a detailed look at the preliminary design for Wasp’s costume in the film.

Marvel kept excitement high for Ant-Man and the Wasp with a 14-second teaser the studio released a week later, announcing the start of production on the film.

The brief video revealed the set of the film and a pair of monitors, then zoomed in on two tiny chairs designated for Ant-Man and Wasp.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is scheduled to hit theaters July 6, 2018.

Updated May 1 with a new trailer for the film.

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