During the fall of 2012, we learned that after many years of anticipation, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s ‘Ant-Man’ would finally be hitting theaters on November 6, 2015, as part of Marvel’s Phase Three. The film would kick off the new chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Joss Whedon’s ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ earlier in the summer that year. But now, it appears that the size-shifting Hank Pym will be introduced to the world sooner than we expected.
‘Ant-Man’ has moved from November to July, making the next phase of Marvel films starting only two months after the previous phase ends. The movie will now drop on July 31, 2015, which puts it two weeks after DC’s ‘Man of Steel’ sequel featuring Ben Affleck as Batman.
Chances are that Disney made the move because the studio believed in the project enough to release it during the summer, which happens to be prime real estate for superhero movies. With ‘Ant-Man’ making the move, that means that the House of Mouse will have four highly anticipated titles coming out in the summer of 2015: ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ on May 1st, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ on July 10th, ‘Ant-Man’ on July 31st, and ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’, which doesn’t exactly have a release date as of yet and could be moved back to the winter.
In the past, we had to wait for a little while in between Marvel movies. With ‘Ant-Man’ now coming incredibly soon after the sequel to ‘The Avengers’, it’ll be interesting to see just how connected Wright’s film will be to Whedon’s, especially since it’s been said that the first film of Phase Three will largely stand alone. It’ll also be interesting to see how it fares against the combined forces of Batman and Superman, arguably the two biggest heroes their competitors have.
What do you think about Disney and Marvel moving the release date of ‘Ant-Man’ from the fall to the summer? Do you think that we’ll be getting too much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in one season or are you stoked that we won’t have to wait a whole year for the next phase to begin? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.
Source: The Wrap