‘Ant-Man’ sequel set for 2018, ‘The Incredibles 2’ for 2019

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man is shown in a scene from "Ant-Man." (Photo credit: Zade Rosenthal/Disney/Marvel via AP)

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man is shown in a scene from “Ant-Man.” (Photo credit: Zade Rosenthal/Disney/Marvel via AP)

By LINDSEY BAHR
AP Film Writer

LOS ANGELES — Marvel and Disney are going microscopic again.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp,” a sequel to this summer’s “Ant-Man,” will be released on July 6, 2018, the studio announced Thursday.

In addition, Disney and Pixar have set a June 2019 release date for ‘The Incredibles 2,” 15 years after the release of Brad Bird’s beloved original film.

Disney, which crossed the $4 billion box office mark for 2015 this week, set dates and a few titles involving 19 films through 2020 in a gigantic announcement that included four live-action fairy tales.

“We are set to deliver some fantastic movies well into the future,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s Executive Vice President for Theatrical Distribution.

The “Ant-Man” sequel will mark the first time a Marvel movie will include the name of a female character in a title. The studio has been criticized in the past for not highlighting its female superheroes in stand-alone films.

The next will be “Captain Marvel,” which has been pushed back to March of 2019.

Evangeline Lilly portrayed the Wasp in the first Ant-Man film, which earned $409.8 million worldwide.

The announcement did not specify whether she or Paul Rudd, who played Ant-Man, would be reprising their roles for the sequel, but most actors in Marvel films are signed for multi-year, multi-film contracts.

Also coming in the summer of 2018 is “Toy Story 4,” which has been delayed a year.

Walt Disney Animation Studios and John Lasseter, CEO of Pixar, said in August at the D23 fan convention, that the film will be a love story between Woody and Bo Peep, who have been voiced in previous films by Tom Hanks and Annie Potts.

Disney also announced six untitled films for 2020, including three Marvel films, two Pixar releases, and one Disney Animation offering.

“Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman, was moved up five months for a February 2018 release.

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