Ant-Man movies are a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and they follow Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man, a superhero with the ability to shrink in size, among other abilities. With Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s release, the trilogy is seemingly at an end. Now, let’s take a look at the full watch order.
Editor’s note: The watch order has been updated on February 17th, 2023 with the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
How many Ant-Man movies are there?
There are currently three Ant-Man stand-alone movies. The first film, Ant-Man, was released in 2015, and the second one, Ant-Man and the Wasp, three years later in 2018. The third movie Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, was released in 2023. However, there are also other Marvel movies where Ant-Man plays an important part in the storyline, like Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame.
The Ant-Man movies are centered around Scott Lang ( Paul Rudd ), who comes into possession of a high-tech suit that grants him the ability to shrink and enlarge himself in size. With those powers in his hands, he soon realizes he has the chance to become something more and leave his criminal past behind him.
Ant-Man movies in order – at a glance
When the first Ant-Man movie was released back in 2015, the movie was a great success. The audience fell in love with the Ant-Man character as he was portrayed as funny, resourceful, and intelligent. It was also clear that the Ant-Man would become a part of a bigger picture that the MCU was preparing, so it was only a matter of time before the sequel was released.
The second movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp, was released in 2018, but Ant-Man also appeared in Captain America: Civil War which was released in 2016. And that is where we see Scott Land alongside other Avengers for the first time. After Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott came to some important conclusions about time travel which he later shared with the remains of the Avenger team in Avengers: Endgame. That movie was released in 2019. So even though there are three stand-alone Ant-Man movies, in this article, we’ll point out all the movies where Scott plays a role.
- Ant-Man ( 2015 )
- Captain America: Civil War ( 2016 )
- Ant-Man and the Wasp ( 2018 )
- Avengers: Endgame ( 2019 )
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
In these movies, Ant-Man appears and has an important role to play. Ant-Man played a very important part in saving the world from Thanos and his plans. The knowledge about the potential of time travel that Scott Lang provided Avengers with was essential to bring back all the people and habitats of the Universe after Thanos’s snap.
What is the best way to watch Ant-Man movies?
The best way to watch all the movies where Ant-Man appears is by watching them in order of release. This means starting with the first Ant-Man movie, then watching Captain America: Civil War. After that, you should watch Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Avengers: Endgame. Your watch order should be complete with Quantumania, which takes place after the events that transpired during the Endgame. By watching the movies in this order, you’ll connect more with the characters and the storyline of the movies.
Ant-Man movies in order by release date
1. Ant-Man ( 2015 )
Synopsis: When an ex-convict, Scott Lang, comes to possession of a suit that grants him the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, he must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym. Scot must protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from the new threats that are arising. Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Scott also must use his new abilities to stop Darren Cross from completing his version of the suit.
2. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Synopsis: When the Avenger’s action resulted in many people fearing their actions, the government decided to present the Hero Registration Act, a law limiting heroes’ actions. The Avengers members have different opinions about this Act, so a division in their orders occurs. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise, cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America is against this Act as he claims that governments are not always right and sometimes the right choices have to be made regardless of government rules. So, their dispute leads to a war between Team Iron Man and Team Captain America.
3. Ant-Man and the Wasp ( 2018 )
Synopsis: It’s been two years since the Sokovia Accords, and Scott Lang was placed on house arrest due to choosing, in the government’s eyes, the wrong side back then. Hank Pym and his daughter Hope believe Pym’s wife Janet might be trapped in the quantum realm as she shrank to sub-atomic levels in 1987 when they were on a mission. When Scott realizes that he’s been receiving messages from Janet from the quantum realm, he shares that with Hank and Hope. Scott teams up with Hank and Hope to build a stable tunnel so they can take a vehicle to the quantum realm and retrieve Janet. Along the way, they turn to the black market dealer, Sonny Burch, for a part they need, but he double-crosses them.
4. Avengers: Endgame
Synopsis: Five years after Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped half of the Universe from existence, the Universe is in ruins. The remains of the Avengers team must assemble once more to undo Thanos’s actions and the chaos he made in the Universe.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
The plot of the third Ant-Man movie involves the heroes exploring the Quantum Realm, with new villain Kang the Conqueror introduced. Scott Lang’s daughter Cassie was working on a project with Hank to communicate with the Quantum Realm, but Janet shut it down due to danger. However, Cassie’s machine malfunctions and sucks the Ant-Family into the Quantum Realm, where they encounter a civilization of Freedom Fighters led by Jentorra. Meanwhile, Hope and her family meet Krylar and learn that Kang is aware of their presence in the Quantum Realm. The group ultimately confronts Kang, with Scott dealing with a probability storm to save the day.
Kang takes Janet and Cassie captive and plans to use an army he built in the Quantum Realm to kill those responsible for exiling him. Cassie escapes and rallies other freedom fighters to fight against Kang, with Scott and the Ant-Family arriving to help stop Kang. In the battle, Kang kills many freedom fighters, but Hank arrives with his ant army to overwhelm Kang’s forces. After defeating Kang, the group returns to the outside world, but Scott remains uneasy about Kang’s warning.
Where to watch Ant-Man movies?
You can watch all Ant-Man movies on the Disney+ streaming platform. The same goes for Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame.
Do you need to watch Ant-Man movies in order?
It would be best to watch the Ant-Man movies and other movies where Ant-Man appears by their release date. The first Ant-Man movie is more of Scott’s origin story, where he becomes Ant-Man. In Captain America: Civil War, he is introduced into the Avengers squad for the first time. Ant-Man and the Wasp storyline is connected with the events from Captain America: Civil War and directly with the events in Avengers: Endgame later on. Quantumaina gives more depth to Lang’s story, and as the first movie in MCU’s phase 5, it introduces a new villain, Kang the Conqueror.
Are Ant-Man movies connected?
Both Ant-Man movies are connected, and the other movies mentioned in this article also have a direct connection with the Ant-Man movies.
Will there be more Ant-Man movies?
With the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Lang’s future will likely continue in other MCU movies instead of in his own solo projects.