Ant-Man Movies in Order: Scott Lang Movie Guide

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 with phase 5 starting soon, with 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, there are two Ant-Man movies released with the third movie just a few short weeks away. The series of Ant-Man movies started in 2015 and the third movie is scheduled to be released on February 17, 2023. Ant-Man however appeared in loads of other MCU projects due to the general audience reacting very well to the character.

Ant-Man Movies in Order (at a glance)

The story of Scott Lang is that of a “reformed” criminal that decides to do just “one more heist” and with that, stumbles upon an opportunity that will change his life forever. Ever since the introduction of the character, people loved Paul Rudd’s interpretation and were excited to watch him in 2 movies, with a third on the way.

  1. Ant-Man (June 29, 2015)
  2. Ant-Man and the Wasp (June 25, 2018)
  3. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

Are Ant-Man movies connected?

All three Ant-Man movies are connected. The movies have the same characters follow the same chronological timeline and are set in the same continuity. Although it’s important to note that the third upcoming movie is a part of phase 5 of the MCU, unlike the prior movies.

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 with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) on the way so it’s not overly complex to follow.

Ant-Man Movies in release date 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 movie’s plots.

Ant-Man (2015)

Director: Peyton Reed
Screenwriters: 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 do one last blow to have any chance. The goal is an old millionaire’s house.

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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 intention 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
Screenwriters: 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 thereafter 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.

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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.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

Director: Peyton Reed
Screenwriters: Jack Kirby, Jeff Loveness
Release Date: February 17, 2023
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors

The third Ant-Man movie once again returns with our favorite heroes as they explore the Quantum Realm. After tragedy has struck, Scott Lang will be forced to make a deal with the devil, introducing a new villain to the MCU, Kang the Conqueror.

Where to Watch Ant-Man movies?

You can watch both Ant-Man movies on the Disney+ streaming platform. The third movie in the series titled Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is not available anywhere at the moment due to not being released yet.

Will There Be More Ant-Man Movies?

As we’ve mentioned several times before, the third Ant-Man solo movie is on the way, it’s scheduled to release on February 17th.

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.