It doesn’t sit well with fans that Iron Man: 3 and Thor: The Dark World were considered the beginning of Phase 2 in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. It would make a lot more sense if, together, they had closed out Phase 1, but that’s not the case.
This is because they didn’t feel different from the films in Phase 1, and they didn’t actually serve as a true beginning to one, at least not as we’ve come to know from Marvel’s world-building. The way the battle of New York from Avengers influences Stark and Thor is more of a nod to the first phase. It wasn’t until Captain America: The Winter Soldier that Phase 2 really seemed to kick into high gear.
That aside, I’ve completely ignored the reason you’re here by droning on about phases and other films in the Marvel Universe. Let’s get to the important question: Is Ant-Man in Phase 2 or Phase 3?
What Phase is Ant-Man In?
The reason I went into all that nonsense about Iron Man: 3 and Thor: The Dark World is because if Ant-Man were at the beginning of Phase 3, it would be a similar situation as those films presented. That being said, we have official confirmation that Ant-Man does not mark the beginning of a new storytelling phase.
That’s why it’s good to hear Marvel moved it back to Phase 2. Ant-Man actually marks the end of the second phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After Paul Rudd’s version of Scott Lang hits the big screen, we’ll officially be entering Phase 3 with Captain America: Civil War.
I’ll give you a moment to cheer.
Ant-Man drops on July 17, 2015, and we won’t see another Marvel film again until Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.