The rumor mill is going into overdrive today as there is word that Ant-Man will indeed release in the 2014. The Marvel Studio’s film has been in the pipeline for years and is just now seeing the light of day after test footage from director Edgar Wright went well. We have seen a banner from the group behind The Avengers, but really have lacked any confirmation that this would indeed be happening until today.
Latino Review is reporting that it is a fact that Marvel Studios will segue their London-based Thor: The Dark World unit into Ant-Man mode following the completion of production there. If true, this would validate the assertion by many that the film would indeed be a part of The Avengers’ Phase Two development cycle (meaning it could see the light of day before The Avengers’ sequel.)
That would mean that the plan is to release three superhero offerings in 2014 under the Marvel Studios banner. The implication is actually pretty huge as that would line up five to six superhero blockbusters that year alone. Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier are both already cemented on the calendar as well as the sequels to X-Men: First Class and The Amazing Spider-Man. On top of that, Fox is expected to get going on their Fantastic Four reboot really soon suggesting a thorough saturation of the genre two years from now.
Personally, I believe Latino Review’s sources even though they were wrong about The Black Panther which they originally reported to be the second Marvel Studios film of 2014. I get the sense than the reason they botched that report was because the studio was planning on adding the first African-American superhero to Captain America’s sequel and The Black Panther was the first black superhero, thus the confusion. They redeemed themselves though on the call out that Guardians of the Galaxy was the untitled project instead–a story that landed them in hot water with Marvel as the company allegedly tried threatening them into divulging their source.