Edgar Wright’s take on Marvel’s Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, will be released on July 17, 2015 — two weeks earlier than scheduled. Marvel announced the news on its site on Thursday. Its only direct competition now is Warner Bros.’ Pan.
This scheduling takes advantage of the fact that Warner Bros. just pushed its Man of Steel sequel back nine months to a May 6, 2016, release. It previously held the July 17, 2015, spot, which was likely why Ant-Man had built in that two-week buffer. Other July 2015 releases include the Terminator reboot, Minions, and Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck.
It’s all speculation at this point, but in general, these moves are good for Ant-Man — another potential franchise in the Marvel universe.