The Marvel Cinematic Universe is, without a doubt, the most successful film and television franchise in modern history. The conclusion of Phase 3 with Avengers: Endgame and Spiderman: Far from Home culminated many character arcs of fan-favorite characters, and Phase four introduced many new superheroes and explored the larger universe in depth through various television series. Among all this, however, our little hero Ant-man has been missing since Avengers: Endgame. Ant-man, or Scott Lang, has been one of the most unassuming heroes of the MCU, the typical everyman character, a father and a superhero by necessity. He was an honorary Avenger who didn’t hang out with cool people.
Played brilliantly with charm, fun, and sensitivity by Paul Rudd, the Ant-Man films were a breath of fresh air, and, unsurprisingly, fans have been eagerly waiting for another film. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is MCU’s formal entry into Phase 5. While phase four explored and set the ground for the concept of a multiverse and playing with time and space through Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Tom Hiddleston starrer Loki, it is with the latest Ant-man film that MCU begins the new chapter.
Kevin Feige disclosed the same in an exclusive Quantumania cover feature with the Empire magazine, “We wanted to kick off Phase Five with Ant-Man because he’d earned that position.” Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is significant because it explores the Quantum realm’s complex and dynamic world and introduces the MCU’s next big evil villain, Kang the Conqueror. The ripples of the presence of Kang will be momentous as the film will set the chain that will lead to the next Avengers film, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Peyton Reed has directed the film, who has also directed the previous two Ant-man films.
Where did we last see Ant-Man?
Scott Lang, or Ant-man, was last seen fighting alongside the Avengers to defeat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame (2019). In the film, Scott Lang got trapped in Quantum Realm for five years after the events of the previous ant-man film, Ant-man and the Wasp (2018). Though it feels like barely five hours to him, Scott discovers that the world has changed beyond recognition post the ‘Snap.’ He finds and explains the fundamentals of the Quantum Realm to the Avengers, leading Tony to make (for want of a better word) an ‘time machine’ and conduct a time heist and bring the world back to its normal condition. Ant-man has been absent from any Marvel escapades following Avengers: Endgame. This film will explore what he has been up to and set about, giving more of the Quantum Realm and its significance in future MCU narratives.
What is ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ About?
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will explore Scott Lang’s life post-Avengers: Endgame. Fortunately, he has become a celebrity and a well-known superhero in his own right. He has a good love life, and his relationship with his daughter is blossoming until he ventures to explore more of the Quantum Realm and comes face to face with one of the greatest threats that have the possibility to shatter their idyllic existence. The official synopsis of the film is as follows:
“In the film, which officially kicks off phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Super-Hero partners Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) return to continue their adventures as Ant-Man and the Wasp. Together, with Hope’s parents Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), the family finds themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embarking on an adventure that will push them beyond the limits of what they thought was possible. Jonathan Majors joins the adventure as Kang.”
Who is in the ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ Cast?
Most of the Ant-Man film series regulars reappear in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, along with a few new and exciting characters joining the film. Paul Rudd reprises his role as the titular Ant-Man or Scott Lang. Paul Rudd has previously appeared in four Marvel films and has gained an appreciation for his affable performance as an unassuming and slightly clumsy superhero. Evangeline Lilly returns as Wasp/ Hope van Dyne, the daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. She is also the love interest of Scott Lang. Hope heads the Pym Industries and has the alternative identity of Wasp. Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Douglas return as Janet Van Dyne and Hank Pym, respectively, the original Wasp and Antman and parents of Hope.
Janet had previously been lost in the Quantum Realm for 30 years and would have a significant role in the film. Kathryn Newton joins the cast as Cassie Lang, Scott’s daughter, the role previously essayed by Abby Ryder Fortson and Emma Fuhrmann in earlier films. Scott’s relationship with his daughter formed the heart of the first Ant-man film and remains central to the narrative. In this film, we will see Cassie join her father in his escapades in the Quantum realm wearing a power suit of her own.
Jonathan Majors joins the cast as Kang the Conquerer, the film’s main antagonist. Kang is a powerful time-traveling multiversal adversary. Considering the next Avengers film is titled Avengers: The Kang dynasty, his role is significant in the larger MCU narrative. Actor and comedian Bill Murray join the cast as Lord Krylar, the governor of a community in the Quantum realm and an acquaintance of Janet from the Quantum realm.
Actors William Jackson Harper and Katy O’Brian join the cast as individuals from the Quantum Realm. Actor Corey Stoll will join the cast as M.O.D.O.K, a cybernetically engineered and mutated individual. Stoll previously appeared in the first Ant-man film as the man antagonist Darren Cross or Yellow Jacket. American actor and comedian Randall Park reprises his role as officer Jimmy Woo. Gregg Turkington will return as the manager from Baskin and Robbins from the first Ant-man film.
When is ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ Releasing?
The much-awaited stand-alone outing of Paul Rudd as Ant-man is finally happening almost five years after the release of the previous Ant-man film. The film’s release date has moved up and down over the years. Previously set to release in 2022, it was delayed to the current release date before again being delayed to July this year. However, the film’s release date is finally zeroed to February 17th, 2023.
Watch the Trailer for ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’
Marvel Studios released the trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania released on 24th October 2022. The trailer opens on a happy note on a beautiful morning with the ‘Goodbye yellow brick road’ playing in the background and Scott reminiscing about his life, which seems to be perfect at the moment, only to spiral into mayhem as he and the others get sucked into the Quantum Realm due to malfunctioning of a satellite device for Quantum realm created by Scott’s daughter Cassie.
You can watch the trailer here:
Marvel Studios shared the second trailer for the film on 10th January 2023. The trailer begins with similar shots as the previous ones but with the voice-over of Kang, setting an eerie tone for the event to unfold. The trailer shows what a formidable enemy Kang is, capable of rewriting time, setting the tone for the significance of space, time, and parallel universes in this film and in films of Phases 5 & 6.
You can watch the trailer here: