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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: Marvel’s first superheroine movie


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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They made history and $1 billion with the first titular superhero of color in “Black Panther” — now Marvel’s creatives and stars are repeating the trick for gender equality.

“Ant-man and the Wasp,” the sequel to 2015’s “Ant-Man,” is the 20th release in a decade from the Marvel Cinematic Universe series of comic book movies, and the first to feature a woman in the title.

“We always knew that the next one was going to be ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp,'” Kevin Feige, the president of Disney-owned Marvel Studios, told AFP at a global press day for the movie in Pasadena, southern California on Sunday.

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“It’s finally time to see her suit up and be the hero that she said earlier she wanted to be.”

The 2015 movie featured Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne as a wannabe superhero and she returns in the sequel leaner, meaner and ready to step up on an equal footing with Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man.

Lilly told AFP the original plan was to introduce the Wasp’s origin story in Marvel’s 2016 release “Captain America: Civil War” along with Ant-Man and the other Avengers.

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“I got a call saying, ‘We’ve decided not to put you in Civil War and there was this moment I could tell where the feeling in the room was like, ‘I’m sorry – don’t be offended.’

“I was like, ‘Are they going to give me a move? Is that what they’re saying?’ And they said, ‘We really want to dedicate a film to introducing this female superhero and we don’t want her just to be a side note.”

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The surprise of double-billing came later, when Marvel sent her a screen capture with The Wasp in the title.

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Early estimates have “Ant-Man and the Wasp” opening domestically on around $75 million over the weekend of July 6 — a considerable improvement on the $57 million the first film took.

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