ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

D23 is finally taking place this weekend in Anaheim.

Which means PLENTY of big announcements regarding films from Pixar, LucasFilm, Disney Animation - and Marvel Studios.

While there is definitely going to be some new announcements/info regarding "Captain America: Civil War", the one way Disney can justify not sending Marvel Studios to san Diego comic-Con and building up their own event is to have exclusive announcements that will dominate the news cycle for a while.

I feel one of those announcements will be finally announcing a lead for their Captain Marvel film.

The other, I think, is going to be confirming that they are going full speed ahead with Ant-Man 2.

First, the timing would be perfect. It is clear Kevin Feige is excited and invested in an Ant-Man franchise. Yet the relatively troubled production would have made announcing a sequel early a HUGE risk.

They would be going through the same thing Fox is going through now having "Fantastic Four 2" on the schedule..with everyone going "Are you REALLY going to go through with that?"

But now, an announcement of an "Ant-2" film will give the original film a finishing kick in theaters and will make people be more inclined to pick up the DVD during the Holidays.

Second, with it's relatively modest budget, "Ant-Man 2" could easily fit in Marvel Studios' crowded slate.

This is especially true when you consider Marvel Studios is planning on making three films a year and they only have two on the schedule - "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and "Thor: Ragnarok" in 2017. They made room for the new "Spider-Man" from Sony, but they can always put "Ant-Man' someplace on the schedule.

Third, it would keep the momentum going. Though three years is considered the ideal time to launch a sequel, Marvel Studios has not been shy about doing sequels in two year intervals. There was a mere two year gap between "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2"; "Thor" and "Thor: The Dark World" and there will be only a 2-year gap between "Captain America: The winter Soldier" and "Captain America: Civil War".

Fourth, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and the rest seem eager to get the "Ant-Man" gang back together again.

Fifth, 2020 would be way too long to wait to do #4.

So what do the rest of you think?


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