Ant-Man 3 Headed to Disney Plus?
When Ant-Man was released in 2015, Marvel Studios didn't have access to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four yet. It was easier, and perhaps necessary, for them to take chances on lesser-known characters that they owned the rights to. But with the mutants and the FF now in the Disney catalog awaiting theatrical space after billions spent on Fox, it will become tougher for even the smallest of heroes to find a spot on the roster.
I found out before D23 that the sequel to Ant-Man and the Wasp wasn't going to be announced there.
Why is that?
First, I love the Ant-Man movies; they're among my favorites in the MCU. Witty, quirky, and fun, they capture childhood memories of reading Bronze Age Marvel Comics. Modestly budgeted (both below $200 million), the Ant-Man movies were certainly hits, especially overseas. They grossed in the $500-$600 million range worldwide, which was what they were expecting.
However, when you have heavy hitters like the X-Men and the Fantastic Four on the bench and you can only produce a certain amount of movies every year, you have to prioritize. I was told weeks ago that Disney is weighing options for the Ant-Man franchise, and that leads to Disney+.
It may seem like a step down, but it isn't. The Disney+ Marvel shows are Feige productions with large budgets. As of this moment, Ant-Man is headed to Disney+ in the form of a mini-series. This could change; however, Marvel Studios wants to pursue new genres with Shang-Chi and Blade while tapping into the Fox IPs in the future.
The Ant-Man franchise is literally made for Disney+. They were highly popular with families, the core Disney+ demographic. They weren't made to be billion-dollar blockbusters, and this will enable them to flesh out the supporting cast of characters such as Luis.
Every day is like Sunday,