Fans who just can't wait for Ant-Man can now shave two weeks off their countdown, with Marvel Studios moving the Phase Three adventure from July 31, 2015 to July 17, 2015. That release slot was formerly occupied by another highly-anticipated superhero movie, Batman Vs. Superman, before Warner Bros. decided last week to delay the sequel until May 6, 2016.
The only direct competition facing Ant-Man at the moment is Warner Bros.' Pan, a live-action adaptation of Peter Pan which stars Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard. We reported earlier today that Garrett Hedlund was offered the role of Captain Hook.
It should be noted that DC Comics purposely positioned Batman Vs. Superman to open on the same exact day as Marvel's Untitled Project 2016, which many believe is Doctor Strange. While its clear that Doctor Strange, or possibly even Black Panther, is no match for Batman Vs. Superman, Marvel seems to be counter striking here. Can Ant-Man beat Pan at the box office? Will Warner Bros. now move Pan? This is an interesting game of chicken being played out for all to see between the two comic book titans.
As of now, only 20th Century Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children occupies the July 31, 2015 release date slot. Other July 2015 releases include Terminator: Genesis (July 1, 2015), the Despicable Me spin-off Minions (July 10, 2015) and Trainwreck (July 24, 2015), starring Amy Schumer.
Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas star in Ant-Man as Scott Lang and Hank Pym, along with Michael Pena and Clifton Collins Jr. in unspecified roles. While no story details have been confirmed yet, we reported last week that the plot starts in the early 1960s, with Hank Pym working as a spy fighting communism. The story then shifts to a present-day Pym (Michael Douglas), who, in the Marvel comic books created the original Ant-Man equipment, where Scott Lang's character is introduced. Michael Pena is rumored to be playing a villain named Castillo, who doesn't originate in the comic books, but is said to be a variation on Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.