Ant-Man may not be the biggest character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, popularity-wise at least—but when he becomes Giant-Man, he’s definitely one of the larger characters physically. Still, he’s an integral part of the shared superhero domain and Marvel definitely has plans for him moving forward. He is an Avenger after all. So here comes Ant-Man 3.
What are those plans exactly? Marvel is nothing if not secretive, so we don’t know a ton. With the launch of the new streaming service Disney+, a number of familiar MCU faces are set to get their own episodic series. It’s been confirmed, however, that we’ll see more miniature adventures on the big screen as Ant-Man 3 is definitely in the works.
Armed with that knowledge, we decided to take a deep dive into everything we know so far about Ant-Man 3. Again, Marvel plays things pretty close to the vest when it comes to information, and we’re still in the early goings, so what we know is rather limited.
Ant-Man wouldn’t be Ant-Man without Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang. The perpetually 25-year old looking 50-year old IS Ant-Man. Rudd embodies the character with charm and wit, even when things seem most dire. It was Lang, if you remember, whose return got the Avengers kick-started again. So, it’s a relief to know Rudd will be returning to his Ant-Man attire for Ant-Man 3.
Looks like we will also see the return of Michael Douglas aka Hank Pym, given that Douglas already has confirmed his return. Whether we will see the return of Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne remains to be seen. Her survival in Avengers: Endgame means there is a strong possibility she will appear in some capacity.
What about the others? Depending on the plot, it wouldn’t be hard to see Michael Peña come back in Ant-Man 3 as the extremely talkative Luis or Judy Greer as Scott’s ex-wife Maggie. Bobby Cannavale could also return as Maggie’s new husband Jim Paxton. None of these have yet to be confirmed.
And then there’s Evangeline.
EVANGELINE LILLY CONTROVERSY
Evangeline Lilly was set to co-star in Ant-Man 3 when she made not-so-great headlines in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and blew up social media by saying some things which made people think she thought the Coronavirus was a hoax.
Partly as a result of that controversy and also perhaps out of Marvel’s intense desire to replace a lot of their white actors with people of color, word is that Evangeline Lilly is being eliminated from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Ant-Man 3. Word is that they’re going to reduce her role significantly in the next movie and then kill her off so Ant-Man can be partnered with a woman of color.
No word yet on who Evangeline Lilly’s replacement will be, only that it will definitely not be a white person.
After being the brunt of so much outrage Evangeline Lilly stepped up to apologize. Here’s her statement…
“I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19. Grandparents, parents, children, sisters and brothers are dying, the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message. My direct and special apologies to those most affected by this pandemic. I never meant to hurt you. When I wrote that post 10 days ago, I thought I was infusing calm into the hysteria. I can see now that I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation.“
As outlined on her Instagram post below, she has now started social distancing just like everyone else…
Reactions To Her Apology
Evangeline Lilly apologized for her comments, but it doesn’t seem that apology was enough for the rampaging hordes of haters on the internet. The reaction to it has been to renew the call to get her fired from Ant-Man 3 by Disney.
Here’s a sampling of just some of the reactions to her apology…
Evangeline’s Original Comments
And here’s what the would be Ant-Man 3 star said in the first place that got people so mad…
…people freaked out over the idea that she wasn’t self-quarantining her family. When one woman in the comments got specific and asked Evangeline to stay home and help “flatten the curve”, would be Ant-Man 3 star Lilly refused to back down. Here’s how she answered…
“I bet we would completely agree on what we want and what we are trying to avoid, and then would challenge each other thoughtfully about how to achieve that. I’m having those conversations daily with people in my inner circle and am always considering and reconsidering my position. Where we are right now feels a lot too close to Marshall Law [sic] for my comfort already, all in the name of a respiratory flu. It’s unnerving.“
It’s worth noting that Evangeline Lilly currently lives with her elderly father, who has stage four leukemia. That puts him in one of those high-risk groups for the virus.
Despite the hatred being flung her way Evangeline remained polite and courteous. She says…
“I appreciate your engagement and the meaningful discourse. Let’s be vigilant right now. And kind. Watchful and gracious — keeping a close eye on our leaders, making sure they don’t abuse this moment to steal away more freedoms and grab more power, but gracious with each other as we try to navigate the unknown dangers of a modern, global world and power structure. Stay in touch. We’re in this together. Thank you for listening. I have heard you.“
Later Evangeline Lilly decided to go a little further with her comments saying, “I think we all need to slow down, take a breath and look at the facts we are being presented with. They do not add up to the all-out, global lockdown, control, pandemoniac and insanity we are experiencing. I hope that people will find their peace and sanity where you are soon.”
Lilly, who nabbed a partial title role in the second Ant-Man movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp, was a full go for Ant-Man 3 until her headline-making Instagram.
The fall out has been huge, most notably coming from Game Of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, who responded to Lilly’s Instagram in a short video she posted alongside husband Joe Jonas, in which she admonished Lilly and told her and her followers to “stay inside and don’t be f*cking stupid.” She also had this to say to Lilly, without mentioning her by name, “I don’t give a f*** about your freedom… You could be infecting other people, other vulnerable people around you by doing this. So stay inside guys!”
Apparently though, it’s not just Turner who is upset with Lilly. The powers that be over at Marvel are rumored to be watching in outrage at Lilly’s statement. It’s now been reported Lilly’s role will be greatly diminished in Ant-Man 3. They don’t plan, as of yet, to completely remove her from the film but they do plan on relegating her to a secondary role while bringing Lang’s daughter Cassie, portrayed in the second film by Emma Fuhrmann, into a more major role.
Those who have followed Ant-Man in the comics know that Cassie becomes Stature, her superhero alter ego and that her father mentors her.
Lost Co-Stars Weigh In
After Lilly’s comments a lot of her former co-stars are joining in on attacking her. In particular her Lost co-star Maggie Grace has decided to take her to task. Here’s what she had to say…
“There’s no need to panic, but at the same time this is about all of us – the vulnerable, the immunocompromised, older folks. Sure, it’s a free country, but how about choosing to exercise some of that wonderful freedom to have some compassion, trust the extensive science here and not overwhelm the health system. No doctor should have to choose which patients get life-saving care and which patients get sent home to die – the sort of triage that is sadly happening in Italy right now. Please out John Hopkins, Stat News, think about how these small decisions affect your dad and those in your community as ventilators run out – and as you use your influence on such a large group of other people. I say this with all humility, please rethink this. Your kids will be just fine without going to gymnastics, I promise.”— Maggie Grace to Evangeline Lilly
THE FIRST MARVEL TRILOGY DIRECTOR
The third time’s the charm, just like the first two. Yes, Peyton Reed will be back to direct Ant-Man 3, making this his third Ant-Man while also making Reed the first director to claim the title of Trilogy director.
THE PLOT OF ANT-MAN 3
With things still early in the Ant-Man 3 game, no plot details have been leaked, except for the speculation on where it could go if Marvel follows through on diminishing Evangeline Lilly. There still is time for the wounds to heal and give Lilly a larger role, though it would be kind of cool to see Lang mentor his daughter while she becomes Stature. Time will tell and time is what we all have right now.
ANT-MAN 3’S RELEASE DATE
When will fans get to sit down in a theater and watch Ant-Man 3? The answer is a bit up in the air.
Marvel has a full slate as they move into Phase 4 of the MCU. On the TV side, they have a number of projects in the works. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision are both set to debut on Disney+ in late 2020, and they also have Loki, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and other series in the works for the not-so-distant future.
On the movie side, Black Widow and The Eternals are expected in 2020. At the moment anyway (more on that in a bit). In 2021, they have Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a Spider-Man movie, and Thor: Love and Thunder all currently on the schedule.
That’s a lot of content. But you also may notice, the list doesn’t include Ant-Man 3. But they also have a number of planned movies that don’t specific release dates yet, like the upcoming Mahershala Ali-starring Blade movie coming in Phase Five.
Initial reports indicate Ant-Man 3 could begin filming as early as the end of 2020 or the first stretch of 2021. If that pans out, we would likely see the film sometime in 2022 at the earliest. At the moment, however, that is also up in the air.
The spread of COVID-19 has caused havoc in the world, and the movie industry is no exception. Almost every major release for the next few months has been delayed, most of them indefinitely. This includes Black Widow, which was pulled from the calendar and has yet to be rescheduled. For the time being.