No word if Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly would reprise their roles as Scott Lang and Hope Pym but given Marvel’s history with their actors and on-screen heroes there’s a high chance they will. Pix from marvel.com/antman

LOS ANGELES: Marvel is going microscopic again. ‘Ant-Man’ is getting the sequel treatment with ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp,’ set for release on July 6, 2018, the studio announced on Thursday.

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly portrayed the leads in the first film which earned $409.8 million worldwide. The announcement didn’t specify whether the actors would reprise their roles, but most Marvel actors are signed up for multi-year contracts.

This film will mark the first time a Marvel movie will include the name of a female character in a title. The studio has received criticism in the past for its dearth of female characters. The next will be Captain Marvel, which has been pushed to March of 2019.

The studio also announced three untitled films for 2020. -- AP