After going through all of 2020 with no new content, Marvel CCO Kevin Feige announced nearly 52 straight weeks of MCU content in 2021, and even more coming later. Next year will include six new shows on Disney+ which begin with WandaVision in January, and Black Widow's release on May 7 will kick off the MCU's first year with four new movies.
Looking past next year, only a few of the upcoming movies have a confirmed release date. While Feige and his team unveiled many of their cards at their Disney Investor Day presentation, they still did a fantastic job leaving the MCU fandom craving more to be revealed at a later date.
Included in these projects without release dates was the third Ant-Man movie, although the title was revealed to be Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and the cast was announced to the world. Some clarification may have come on this release date, though, thanks to one of the movie's biggest on-screen names.
In a post on her official Instagram page, Janet Van Dyne actress Michelle Pfeiffer indicated that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is on track for a theatrical release in 2022. Along with the movie's official title card, Pfeiffer included the caption "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Coming 2022!" in the post below:
WHAT THIS MEANS
Marvel Studios will be releasing four movies in one year for the first time in 2021, but a 2022 release for Ant-Man 3 would take things to an even higher level going into the year after next. The franchise already has Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness debuting on March 25, Thor: Love & Thunder set to release on May 6, Black Panther II coming on July 8, and Captain Marvel 2 coming on November 11, which would mean five MCU theatrical releases that year, should Pfeiffer be right about this timeframe.
Consideration should still be given to the fact that Marvel has plans for an unconfirmed theatrical release on October 7, 2022, which many fans have theorized would be saved for Mahershala Ali's Blade considering its proximity to Halloween. This could be less likely though, with so little information confirmed for that movie's production. Marvel Studios is still looking for a director, writers, and the remaining cast members for this movie.
If 2022 does turn out to be the year Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania releases, it seems to make sense looking at the timeframe for its production. Shooting is scheduled to begin for the movie in January 2021, with most MCU movies taking anywhere from a year to 18 months to finish all the work necessary for release. This release would place the movie right in between the sequels to Black Panther and Captain Marvel, and it would come four years after the debut of Ant-Man and the Wasp.