Ant-Man will appear in next year's Captain America: Civil War, Marvel has announced.

The studio has confirmed that the diminutive superhero, who is played by Paul Rudd in an upcoming summer movie, will star alongside the Avengers in the third Captain America film.

Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany are reprising their roles from Avengers: Age of Ultron, while William Hurt is returning as General Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross from The Incredible Hulk.

Newcomers to the franchise are Daniel Brühl as Baron Zemo, Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther and Martin Freeman in an unknown role.

Production has begun in Atlanta, Georgia, and the film is scheduled to be released in April, 2016.

Rudd's own Ant-Man film will be released on July 17, 2015.