What is the Ant-Man 3 release date? When Scott Lang first stumbled onto Hank Pym’s old Ant-Man suit in his first superhero movie, he probably didn’t think he’d wind up fighting deranged CEOs and alien armies led by Thanos himself. But Scott and Hope van Dyne are heading into their biggest (or smallest) adventure yet in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
The first science fiction movie in Marvel’s Phase 5 is jumping headfirst into alternate timelines, different worlds, as well as the multiverse itself – and clearly, Ant-Man 3 is going to do the same. The previous films briefly explored the idea of the Quantum Realm – a smaller world existing in front of our very eyes. And although Hank Pym has already saved his long-lost love, Janet Van Dyne, from this strange new reality, it looks like our favourite tiny MCU characters will explore it further in the upcoming sequel.
But what is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania about? Which of our favourite Ant-Man characters are in it? Is there a trailer? Who’s the villain? Don’t worry. We’ve shrunk ourselves down to the Quantum Realm to bring you everything you need to know about the Ant-Man 3 release date.
When is the Ant-Man 3 Release date?
Ant-Man 3 will arrive in cinemas on February 17, 2023. It’s the first instalment of Phase 5, heralding a new era for the franchise.
The sequel has already jumped around a few dates already, as it was initially slated for a 2022 release until it was pushed back to February 2023. But remember, there’s going to be plenty of other Marvel series on Disney Plus to tide us all over until then.
And, soon after Ant-Man 3’s release, Nia DaCosta’s The Marvels and James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will both arrive in 2023 too, after Quantumania. So it’s not like fans are going to be starved for Marvel content in the run-up to the sequel or after it.
Ant-Man 3 Plot speculation
Marvel is still keeping the plot of Ant-Man 3 under wraps, but we do know some details. Firstly Bill Murray has been cast as a mystery villain, we don’t know who exactly he will be playing just yet but it seems like our heroes will have their hands full.
Evangeline Lilly also revealed to The Digital Fix in an interview for her movie South of Heaven that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the “best one yet” in the series so far. So whatever Marvel has in store for us at least we know it is going to be good!
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Thanks to one piece of intriguing casting information, we already know another villain alongside Murray, who Scott and Hope will be up against… Kang the Conqueror. Yes, the time-travelling despot is making his way to the Quantum Realm for some reason. In September 2020, Deadline broke the news that Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors had joined Quantumania as Kang.
The star briefly appeared at the end of Loki as He Who Remains, an alternate version of Kang who created the Time Variance Authority as a way of preventing another multiverse war with other Kang variants. But when Majors shows up in Quantumania, he’ll be playing a completely different version of the iconic villain. He previously told GamesRadar, “The character is different, so you move a different way; my psychology has shifted because of the character. He’s just a different guy.”
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The star went on to say, “He Who Remains is not in Ant-Man. It’s Kang. But the people surrounding us – the cast, my leading man Paul Rudd – that’s different.” Also adding, “Because Paul’s not Tom [Hiddleston]. This is a movie, not a TV show. I’ve been here since the beginning and I came in at the end on Loki.”
It’s not quite clear whether Quantumania will be the first time this version of Kang arrives in the MCU or if he comes out of the Quantum Realm, similar to how the Avengers time-travelled during Avengers: Endgame. One thing’s for certain, Ant-Man and the Wasp will have one hell of a fight on their hands. Kang is a sadistic genius and has taken up many different names and titles over the years, like Rama-Tut, Immortus, and even the hero Iron Lad. Comics!
Does Ant-Man 3 have a trailer?
Yes, yes, it does! The first Ant-Man 3 trailer dropped on October 27, 2022. It gave us our first proper look at the Quantum Realm, as well as the heroes and villains within it. Of course, we also got to see Jonathan Majors as Kang, and boy does he look terrifying.
Ant-Man 3 got a second trailer on January 10 that teased more of Kang’s plan. It seems the blue-faced baddie wants Scott’s help in stealing ‘something’ and in return he’ll give Scott more time with Cassie.
Who’s in the Ant-Man 3 cast?
In case it wasn’t obvious, both Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are returning to play Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man 3. Michael Douglas will also join them as Hank Pym and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne.
It’ll be fascinating to see what that family dynamic is like after all the years when Janet was stuck in the Quantum Realm while Hank was getting bitter and alone. And as already mentioned, Jonathan Majors will go up against them as Kang the Conqueror.
Another MCU newcomer is Detective Pikachu star Kathryn Newton, who will play an older version of Cassie Lang, Scott’s daughter. In the comics, she becomes the giant hero Stature, so it’s possible she’ll also get to suit up in the sequel next to Ant-Man and the Wasp.
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But there’s another surprising star who’s joining the Ant-Man cast for the first time in Quantumania, Bill Murray. He accidentally gave the scoop to the German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, saying, “You know, I made a Marvel movie recently. I’m probably not allowed to tell you, but whatever.”
He confirmed that it was Ant-Man 3 by saying he really liked working with Peyton Reed on Bring It On and decided to work with him again. “Some people were pretty surprised why I decided on a project like this, of all things. But for me, the situation was completely clear: I got to know the director and really liked him.”
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The star then added, “He was witty, humble, everything you want from a director. And with the cheerleader movie Bring It On, he had already made a film years ago, which I think is damn good.” Paul Rudd and Bill Murray sharing the screen again? We’re sold.
Even better news, we now know that MODOK ang(the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) will play a role in the film. Let’s hope they give Patton Oswalt a call to supply the voice.
And that’s everything we know about the Ant-Man 3 release date. If you want to know more about the MCU’s upcoming adventure movies, check out our guides, The Marvels, and Secret Invasion. If you’re planning your 2023 cinema trips, then check out our guide to all the new movies coming this year.