Ant-Man and the Wasp is a 2018 American superhero film based on Marvel Comics with the characters Scott Lang / Ant-Man and Hope Pym / Wasp. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the sequel to Ant-Man (2015) and the twentieth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
The film is directed by Peyton Reed and written by the writing teams of Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari.
It stars Rudd as Lang and Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, alongside Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, the titular pair work with Hank Pym (Douglas) to retrieve Janet van Dyne (Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm.
Talks for an Ant-Man sequel began shortly after that movie was released. Ant-Man and the Wasp was officially announced in October 2015, and Rudd and Lilly returned to reprise their roles. A month later, Ant-Man director Reed was officially set to return.
He had joined the first movie later in the process and was excited to develop this one from scratch. He also hoped to feature Hope van Dyne as the Wasp in this movie and insisted on treating Lang and her as equals.
Filming took place from August to November 2017, at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, as well as Metro Atlanta, San Francisco, Savannah, Georgia, and Hawaii.
Ant-Man and the Wasp had its world premiere in Hollywood on June 25, 2018 and was released in the United States on July 6, 2018, as part of Phase Three of the MCU.
The film was a critical and commercial success, receiving praise for its lightness, humor, and performances, particularly those of Rudd and Lilly, and grossed more than $ 622 million worldwide. A sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, is scheduled for release in February 2023.