The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been one of the fastest-growing fictional universes in history. Starting relatively modestly, the franchise has since inducted four different phases of a single narrative saga, dozens of movies, and even more characters. One of them is Scott Lang, the superhero Ant-Man, who is now an important part of the MCU and the topic of today’s article.
When Ant-Man first appeared in the MCU, he instantly became a fan-favorite character, mostly due to Paul Rudd’s amazing interpretation. In this article, we are going to bring you a chronological list of all the Ant-Man movies within the MCU, with a guide to each of them and some additional information.
Since the focus is on Ant-Man, we’re going to list just his individual movies, and not the ones where he appeared as a supporting character, in a cameo role, or as part of a group. If you want a complete watch order of all MCU movies where Ant-Man has appeared, you can check our whole MCU watch order.
How Many Ant-Man Movies Are There?
As of the time of writing this article, three Ant-Man solo movies have been released. They are:
- Ant-Man (June 29, 2015)
- Ant-Man and the Wasp (June 25, 2018)
Ant-Man has appeared in other MCU movies as well, including Captain America: Civil War and some of the Avengers movies, but these are not solo Ant-Man movies so we haven’t included them on our list.
Ant-Man Movies in Order
The list is going to include all the Ant-Man movies that have, so far, been released as part of the MCU. The list is, as we have said, going to include just the individual Ant-Man movies, without those where Ant-Man appeared as part of a group or not as the main character. We’re going to bring you some basic production info and an overview of each of the movies’ plots.
Director: Peyton Reed
Screenwriter: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd
Release Date: June 29, 2015
Starring: Paul Rudd (Scott Lang / Ant-Man), Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne), Corey Stoll (Darren Cross / Yellowjacket)
In the late 1980s, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) as Ant-Man was one of the people who led S.H.I.E.L.D. However, his colleague, Carson, wanted access to the Pym particle, which Pym refused. The resulting conflict caused Pym to stop collaborating with S.H.I.E.L.D.
Nowadays, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has just come out of prison and is trying to be honest about meeting his daughter again. His background makes it much harder and he is forced to one last blow to have any chance. The goal is an old millionaire’s house.
Lang succeeds with the help of his companions, but Lang finds only one suit. He takes it and tries it. It turns out that it reduces the wearer and that Hank Pym orchestrated the burglary to test Lang.
Pym’s own use of the suit has given him physical injuries and he needs Lang’s help to break into Pym’s former company, where successor Derren Cross (Corey Stoll) tries to rediscover his mentor’s invention to sell it to HYDRA, Nazi Germany’s research organization.
Lang, Pym, and Pym’s daughter, Hope, are forced to work together to train Lang to use the suit and to steal a component that makes it possible to get into Cross lab but which is located in Avenger’s headquarters.
Cross succeeds with the invention that enables him to make his own costume, something that Pym and Lang discover when they are already in the lab.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Director: Peyton Reed
Screenwriter: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari
Release Date: June 25, 2018
Starring: Paul Rudd (Scott Lang / Ant-Man), Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne / The Wasp), Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), Michelle Pfeiffer (Janet Van Dyne), Laurence Fishburne (Bill Foster), Hannah John-Kamen (Ava Starr / Ghost), Walton Goggins (Sonny Burch)
Nearly two years after his illegal activities as a superhero in Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang still has a few days to go before his ankle bracelet can be removed and he can leave his house. Hank Pym and his daughter Hope van Dyne have in the meantime been working on a tunnel to the subatomic world.
Pym’s wife Janet seemed lost there after defusing a nuclear bomb in 1987, but after Lang managed to make it back in his battle against Darren Cross, Pym and Van Dyne regained hope that they could bring her back. Lang also appears to have become quantum entangled with Janet during his subatomic journey.
This allows her to leave messages in his dreams. For Pym, this is confirmation that Janet is still alive. Pym and Van Dyne kidnap Lang and convince him to help them. Pym still needs a part to make his tunnel to the subatomic world function properly.
He hopes to buy it from black market dealer Sonny Burch. Burch nevertheless smells money himself and tries to steal Pym and Van Dyne from their technology. As his men and Van Dyne (in a Wasp suit) fight over Pym’s part and lab, which has been reduced to the size of a moving box, a woman emerges whose body is constantly switching between solid and transparent.
She runs off with all the technology. Lang, Van Dyne, and Pym turn to his former colleague Bill Foster, who helps him locate his lab. Once they find it, the transparent woman imprisons the three. She explains that her name is Ava Starr. She is the daughter of Elihas Starr, another former colleague of Pym.
Do You Need to Watch the Ant-Man Movies in Order?
The story of Scott Lang in the MCU has been told in the proper chronological order, meaning that you need to watch the movies in the order they were released in. Luckily for you, there are only two films so far so it’s not overly complex to follow.
Will There Be More Ant-Man Movies?
As of 2018, a total of three Ant-Man-focused movies have been released. The first solo movie came out in 2015, and the sequel came out in 2018; that is also the latest installment in the series. Now, a third Ant-Man movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, is currently in the production phase and is set for a July 28, 2023 theatrical release.