Marvel dropped some bombs Saturday evening at San Diego Comic Con, one of which was the Ant-Man and the Wasp panel. Ant-Man was arguably the most surprising Marvel film to date, and with its success, the sequel is now swinging for the fences.
From the moment Hank Pym’s Ant-Man and his wife, Janet Van Dyne and her Wasp showed up on screen in the original film, we’ve not only been wondering when we’d see another flashback of those two characters, but find out who exactly was the original Wasp, as it was quite obvious Marvel didn’t just throw that scene in the movie for no reason. Thanks to amazing panel kick-off, we have that answer. Original Catwoman herself Michelle Pfeiffer will become the original Wasp for Peyton Reed’s sequel and I could not be more pumped for the announcement.
As have many older actors and actresses have done over the last few years, Pfeiffer seemingly disappeared on a hiatus from film for a number of years, but seems to be making a strong return to the business, with Marvel’s 2018 sequel topping the list. No other details yet have been revealed, but many (myself included) believe that she was casted for more than just flashbacks. One of the big questions Ant-Man left us with was the quantum realm and what the hell kind of scientific nonsense Mr. Pym (Michael Douglass) will do to search and find his wife now knowing Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) successfully made it in and out of the quite psychedelic dimension.
I’ve said from the moment I saw the film – she will be found alive and successfully brought back into the real world. With Evangeline Lilly now officially taking up the mantle of Wasp, adding Pfeiffer to the fold adds an extremely cool dynamic where Lilly can now learn the ways of her mother’s hero, just as Lang learned from her father.
In addition to Pfeiffer’s casting, Marvel also announced that Laurence Fishburne would be making the jump from DC to Marvel to play Dr. Bill Foster, otherwise known as Goliath in the Marvel comics. Alongside Fishburne, Randall Park joins the cast as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jimmy Woo, Walter Goggins as Sonny Burch, and Hannah John-Kamen as the villain The Ghost.
Ant-Man and the Wasp looks to be shaping up pretty damn nicely. And after hearing the specific footage they showed at last weekend’s SDCC, it leaves my mouth watering to see the first bit of footage. Pym in a white Ant-Man suit? Ant-Man and Wasp fighting side by side? Count me in! For now, the official Ant-Man and the Wasp SDCC poster will do, which definitely teases the word of mouth coming out of San Diego. Ant-Man and the Wasp shrinks into theaters on July 6th, 2018.