Director Peyton Reed teases how the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will permanently change the Marvel Cinematic Universe at Comic-Con.
The events of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will permanently change the MCU, director Peyton Reed says. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly reprise their roles in the franchise for the first time since the events of the Infinity Saga. Set for a February 2023 premiere, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was among the projects highlighted during the MCU’s San Diego Comic-Con 2022 panel.
With Black Panther: Wakanda Forever wrapping up Phase 4, Kevin Feige announced that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will kick off MCU’s Phase 5 slate during the convention. The event also debuted the first look at the film, with exclusive footage screened only in Hall H. It sees the return of Scott Lang, the Pyms, and Cassie Lang, who is now played by Kathryn Newton. Arguably the most exciting thing to come out of the trailer, however, is the first look at Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror. Not much else was revealed regarding the threequel’s plot specifics, and since it’s still several months away from premiering, it makes sense that Marvel Studios is holding off on any marketing plan.
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Although he wouldn’t discuss spoiler specifics for the film, Reed tells Access in an interview at San Diego Comic-Con that they are very excited for the Ant-Man sub-franchise to kick off MCU Phase 5. He also adds that the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will permanently alter the MCU. Unfortunately, he doesn’t expound on that further, but it is quite a bold promise. Read his full quote below:
Kicking off Phase 5 is really exciting for us, because, we’re the Ant-Man movies. It’s our third movie. It’s this trilogy now. But things happen in this movie that are going to change the Marvel Cinematic Universe permanently. And it’s fun for us that Scott Lang is at the center of that change.
Starting off as a mostly self-contained sub-franchise, the Ant-Man films have gradually grown to be integral to the MCU’s overall storytelling. Ant-Man and the Wasp established the Quantum Realm, which allowed the time traveling in Avengers: Endgame. Now, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is going even bigger by setting up the MCU Multiverse Saga’s culmination. The threequel marks the debut of Kang the Conqueror, who is set to be the big bad of this new era of Marvel Studios’ storytelling. After his initial outing, Majors is set to headline his own blockbuster in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
Aside from debuting MCU’s new Thanos-level villain, it’ll be interesting to see how else Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania changes the universe. Considering the fact that Kang the Conqueror will star in Avengers 5, he will have to survive the events of the Reed-directed Marvel Studios film, and this could mean that Team Ant-Man suffers some big losses in their upcoming adventures. Otherwise, there’s also a chance that Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne defeat their foe, but his death informs all of his other variants to come. In any case, it sounds Ant-Man and his allies are in for an intense battle.
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