Pfeiffer will play original Wasp Janet Van Dyne, while Fishburne is portraying Bill Foster, the comic book hero Giant Man.
Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne are joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The actress will play Janet Van Dyne, the superhero wife of Hank Pym/original Ant-Man (Michael Douglas) in the film and mother to (Hope) Evangeline Lilly. The announcement was made at San Diego Comic-Con Saturday during Marvel Studios’ Hall H panel.
In Marvel’s comic books, Janet Van Dyne is the original Wasp and a founding member — and one-time leader — of the Avengers. Van Dyne continued as a superhero even after Pym retired from adventuring, until she was lost in a sub-atomic realm and assumed dead. (She later returned, entirely healthy, because comics. In Marvel’s Ant-Man film, Pym mourns the loss of his wife, who has been lost in the sub-atomic realm in an act of herosim (she was disabling a rocket).
Fishburne’s character, Bill Foster, was a scientist who worked alongside Hank Pym, later becoming a size-changing superhero in his own right, initially as Black Goliath, and then taking over the role of Giant-Man from Pym. A long-running guest-star in series such as Marvel Two-in-One and The Champions, Foster was one of the first casualties of Marvel’s original Civil War comic book in 2006.
Peyton Reed will return to direct stars Paul Rudd as the titular hero. Ant-Man and the Wasp opens July 6, 2018.