A sequel to 2018's Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is confirmed by star Michelle Pfeiffer to be releasing in 2022.
Ant-Man star Michelle Pfeiffer has confirmed Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set for release in 2022. The actor portrayed Janet Van Dyne in the second film of the MCU franchise, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Her character was the original superhero Wasp before her daughter Hope took the mantel over in that film. Janet was last seen turning to dust at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp but was subsequently resurrected by the Avengers in Avengers: Endgame.
Ant-Man and the Wasp delved deep into the workings and lore of The Quantum Realm, which went on to have a major part in Avengers: Endgame. During the second Ant-Man film, the titular hero, played by Paul Rudd, and Van Dyne's daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly), help her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) set off into the realm in order to find Janet who had been stuck there for 31 years after being shrunk to a subatomic level. While a fun adventure for that film, the Quantum Realm, in terms of the MCU, presents a much broader world of possibilities. The Quantum Realm could open up potential doors to the multiverse, which seems to heavily factor into Marvel's Phase 4.
On Instagram, Pfeiffer posted a photo of the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania logo captioned with "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Coming 2022!" This comes shortly after Disney's Investor Day announcements, which saw the reveal of many new MCU films and TV shows for 2021 and beyond. Lead cast members Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly were confirmed to be returning, as well as series director Peyton Reid. The Disney announcement also promised the introduction of classic comic villain Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors).
It seems very fitting that Pfeiffer, who plays a character that has essentially been a conduit for the audience to discover the Quantum Realm, would deliver this news. The keyword in the title, Quantumania, seems to indicate audiences are about to see a lot more of that world, an exciting prospect considering the impending multiverse storylines to come. Avengers: Endgame proved that time travel via the Quantum Realm is possible. Those alterations and tampering with the space-time continuum within the MCU, along with the mounting multiverse theories, mean the third Ant-Man film could change the way audiences understand the films, and thanks to Janet Van Dyne herself, fans now know that revelation isn't too far away.
Pfeiffer's confirmation of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania's 2022 release is intriguing. Her character has proven pivotal to the understanding of the Quantum Realm, and knowing both that world and Janet Van Dyne may be playing a big role in the upcoming film is exciting. For now, one thing immediately rings true: Scott was right, they really do put Quantum in front of everything.