For a Marvel Comics superhero who had a small start in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s had some pretty big adventures, some of which had an impact on the larger MCU. No longer the epilogue to the Avengers epics, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) aka Ant-Man and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) aka The Wasp are the opening act to Phase 5, where they will take fans into the mysterious Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.
And Marvel has just released the first trailer for the forthcoming film set to hit theaters in February.
Ant-Man and The Wasp could have huge implications for the larger MCU’s Multiverse Saga considering that Kang The Conquerer (Jonathan Majors) serves as the chief villain of not only this film but the Saga itself. He made his first appearance in Loki, as He Who Remains, an eccentric villain who controlled time itself but wasn’t necessarily the prime villain. Based on the trailers that we’ve seen so far, it seems like this Kang could be the one Ant-Man and the Wasp, as well as the rest of the Earth 616 heroes, should be aware of.
And things get even more complicated since this particular Kang has interacted with an Ant-Man of a different universe. But the villain appears to see a lot of himself in Scott, as they are both beings who lost time. So he offers him a deal that could help the both of them get it back. And it appears that Scott is up on the take since he lost so much time with his daughter being trapped in the Quantum Realm. But that overwhelming guilt clouds his judgment as it looks like Kang is only using Scott for to further his own goals. Goals that could have some repercussions on subsequent films.
But Ant-Man and The Wasp won’t be alone. Some old friends will join them in their latest adventure into the Quantum Realm. When a grown-up Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton) builds a device that allows them to communicate to those in the Quantum Realm, it accidentally goes haywire, causing herself, along with Scott, Hope, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) to be pulled into the unexplored world. Soon, they find themselves interacting with strange creatures, dangerous foes, and dubious friends like the one played by Bill Murray. Randall Park also returns as Agent Jimmy Woo. And the terrifying MODOK is also set to make an appearance, but its still unclear how big of a role he will play in the film.
Directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jeff Loveness, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania hits theaters on February 17, 2023.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania:
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.