Ant-Man is moving on up, to a July 31, 2015 release, about three months earlier than its original release date of November 6, 2015.
What does that mean for the Edgar Wright written and directed movie? It may suggest Marvel Studios has a high level of confidence in the film, putting it squarely in the more lucrative and competitive summer blockbuster season, one that will be kicked off that year by Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1.
It also potentially leaves the vacated "fall slot" open for Marvel Studios, who continues to expand their lineup of films, perhaps giving them the opportunity to move the calendar up on Phase 3 of their master movie plans. However, as THR notes, that first November weekend is also home to the next Bond film, so they could be trying to stay away.
Ant-Man was a somewhat surprising add to the Marvel Studios slate. While Hank Pym was a founding Avenger in the comics, he was left out of the film roster, and he and the various other characters to carry the role of Ant-Man have never been top sellers in solo books. It's a passion project of sorts for Wright, who has been pushing for the film for years. He confirmed recently that Pym is the man behind the mask in his film, and that Ultron (originally created by Pym in the comics, but receiving and altered film origin) will not appear.
The move puts Ant-Man just two weeks after the release of the untitled Superman/Batman movie starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, respectively. The Fox-run Fantastic Four reboot is supposed to launch in March 2015, but as yet has no confirmed cast.