The year is 2015. We’ve just seen the world-ending machinations of an angry AI in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The stakes were high, almost unbelievably high: saving the entire world from a city hurled into the sky and turned into a meteorite. The film struggled to meet all the expectations unfairly placed upon it by it’s 2012 predecessor, Avengers. However, despite that, the film still had plenty of great moments that kept us entertained.
And then, a couple months later, we got Ant-Man. Though the stakes in stopping Darren Cross were certainly high, at the end of the day, our hero Scott Lang’s motivation was simply to prove himself to his daughter and save her. The action was all condensed to small spaces — inside a falling briefcase, on a child’s toy set, on a scale model of a building — no where close to the worldwide damage of the Marvel film that came before it. And yet, it proved to be the sleeper hit that Marvel needed at that moment, proof that they can do the smaller, more human stories as well as the super-massive gigantic global extinction scale movies.
That film left us with an end credits scene where Hope Van Dyne, played by Evangeline Lilly, was finally given a prototype suit for The Wasp, the mantle of her mother’s, now her’s. She was finally going to get her time in the sun. And now, that sun is finally rising. Earlier this morning, a little video was released to announce filming is now underway and production is moving forward for the 2018 film, Ant-Man and the Wasp, which will see Paul Rudd reprising his role as Scott Lang, now working with Hope to save the world. The video is quick, simply showing a director’s chair with the title treatment for the film and then zooming to a smaller set of chairs, one for a tiny Ant-Man and one for a tiny Wasp.
And that’s it. There’s nothing to tell from the video, no secrets revealed. Believe us, we looked at the monitors in the background and everything — nothing is there. But it’s perfectly in its comedic tone and is enough to get us all excited.
But then, as if that wasn’t enough, they released their first plot synopsis for the film to get us all even more excited.
Apparently, according to the synopsis, he’s still taking on the role of Ant-Man and performing various “responsibilities” but is then brought back into the madness of the Pym/Van Dyne family to “uncover secrets from their past.”
WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN!?
Our guess is a rescue mission into the Quantum Realm to save Janet Van Dyne, now played by Michelle Pfeiffer. But, with Agent Jimmy Woo in the mix now, it’s entirely possible there’s even more behind SHIELD and what the organization did to Pym and his wife in the past.
Hopefully more details will emerge soon, until then, at least we have this video, which you can watch below. We also have the plot synopsis below.
BIG NEWS! Ant-Man and the Wasp has begun production.
In theaters July 6, 2018 pic.twitter.com/9K5QbQMQLC
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 1, 2017
SYNOPSIS: “From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.”