The Marvel Cinematic Universe never stops. As it ventures into Kevin Feige’s ‘Phase Five’ concept, we, Marvel fans, are given yet another superhero film to be excited about. This time, it’s Paul Rudd’s ‘Ant-Man’ who will be one of the first Avengers to meet the newest MCU villain, Kang the Conqueror in the third instalment of the Ant-Man franchise, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.
And judging by what we already know about Kang and the Quantum Realm within the Multiverse, any future Marvel hero/Avenger will have their work cut out for them…
In the new trailer for the highly-anticipated film, we take it that Scott Lang (Rudd) is enjoying his new-found celebrity thanks to saving the world in Avengers: Endgame. But when his daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton) invents some new kind of quantum-based satellite, things go a little pear-shaped.
Michelle Pfeiffer’s character Janet van Dyne – the original Wasp – is clearly distressed when Cassie and Scott are found tinkering with the quantum satellite. Having spent over 30 years trying to escape the Quantum Realm, she knows all too well the consequences of playing with such a powerful concept. As we witness in the trailer, things only get worse for the characters, who are seemingly sucked into the satellite device into the Quantum Realm; a completely different universe to their own. This is where the movie takes off.
The multiversal villain is a big reveal for the MCU, although it’s not his first appearance to date. Remember the Disney+ series LOKI? Well, Kang the Conqueror was revealed to be the mastermind behind the TVA (Time Variance Authority) and all the troubles that unfolded for Loki and Morbius. Kang is obviously the MCU’s next big bad to follow in the footsteps of Thanos, and he’ll eventually have his own film in 2025’s Kang Dynasty.
Evangeline Lilly returns as the Wasp, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Randall Park as Jimmy Woo, and Bill Murray can be seen in the trailer but we’re unsure in what capacity. According to Variety, Murray’s character “has a history with Janet during her previous time spent in the Quantum Realm.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be released in theatres on February 17, 2023