It looks as though Marvel just threw down the gauntlet at DC.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel has moved the release date of the Edgar Wright-directed Ant-Man up from Nov. 6, 2015 to July 31, 2015—placing its premiere roughly two weeks following the much discussed Superman/Batman feature starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck. It’s a gutsy move that could either work in the film’s favor (public favor of the Superman/Batman film could quickly wane, leading them to seek an alternative) or backfire dramatically (the superhero team-up proves to have major legs and overshadows Wright’s smaller feature).
Ant-Man’s presence on the summer schedule also means it will now be sharing the season with Marvel’s other major release, Avengers: Age of Ultron. It remains to see whether placing two Marvel Universe projects so close together will result in audience fatigue.
Of course, had the project been released in November, it would have faced equally stiff competition from the latest Bond film, which will mark star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes’ follow-up to the billion dollar-grossing Skyfall.
Penned by Wright and Attack the Block writer/director Joe Cornish, Ant-Man centers on a brilliant scientist named Hank Pym, who designs an invention to alter his size but also gains the ability to communicate with insects. In the comics, Pym is one of the founding members of The Avengers.