It’s about damn time. Marvel Studios has announced a sequel to this summer’s ANT-MAN and for the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a female hero will share top billing with a male counterpart. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP will open July 6, 2018 and return Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne) in the title roles. There is no word yet on who’s writing or if Peyton Reed will return to direct. The sequel, if its title is any indication, will fulfill the promise made in the first film’s mid-credits scene during which Hope said the famous line I stole for the opening sentence of this paragraph.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP does not supplant CAPTAIN MARVEL’s status as Marvel Studios’ first female-led movie, but giving The Wasp a 50% share of the marquee shows the studio was paying attention to (and likely agreeing with) the many fans who felt Hope stole the show in the first movie and was already a superhero regardless of her business suit wardrobe. This is a strong character to which audiences are already responding and it’s great to see Marvel act accordingly.

Since its $57 million opening weekend, ANT-MAN has quietly gained momentum and become another strong franchise debut for Marvel Studios. To date, the film has earned $409.5 million worldwide, good for fourth all-time on Marvel’s list of first films for a single property. It is $40 million shy of passing 2011’s THOR for third place in that category and with an opening in China still a week away, ANT-MAN has a very good chance of doing so.

ANT-MAN’s steady climb at the box office indicates a lot of happy audience members who’ve spread good word-of-mouth, which bodes very well for the sequel. With Scott Lang set for a scene-stealing turn in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, even more moviegoers will be exposed the character, get a chance to go back and watch the solo film they might have missed, and be amped up for ANT-MAN AND THE WASP on July 6, 2018.