It’s a new year, and that means a new movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is on the horizon. This year, that opening MCU offering is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. And maybe, just maybe, this movie will finally give the MCU a bit of focus while three years of movies and TV shows struggle to connect. Fan Reaction to the Post-Endgame MCU So far, people have grown weary of the dominance of unrelated stories in this shared universe.
And then when they’ve recently tried some of that connective tissue, it’s damaged. Take Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, an amazing film from a great filmmaker that almost stops every time Martin Freeman or Julia Louis-Dreyfus is on screen as part of the greater MCU story.
But Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania could turn that around for the MCU by tackling some major dangling threads and finally giving the MCU a new central plot thread that’s been lacking since Endgame. Things are about to change in the MCU in the biggest ways.
When is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantummania coming out?
The third Ant-Man film will be released in theaters on February 17. Watch the trailer here.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: What is Quantummania?
In the previous film, the titular Scott Lang (Ant-Man) and Hope Van Dyne (The Wasp) rescued Janet Van Dyne from the “Quantum Realm,” an ultra-small universe that exists between atoms. This meant that Janet got into all sorts of havoc there, but has never learned anything about it until now.
However, this time, Scott, Hope, Janet and Dr. Hank Pym are going to return to the Quantum Realm. We don’t have any specific details about why they’re going there or what they’ll be doing. But we do know that whatever happens will be big — at least in terms of importance to the overall MCU plot, if not physical size.
Who is returning from the other Ant-Man movies?
All compulsory Names from previous films—Paul Rudd as Ant-Man/Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp/Hope Van Dyne, and Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer as Hope’s parents and from the previous Ant-Man and the Wasp—will return. Scott’s daughter Cassie, now a bit older and played by Kathryn Newton after the big time jump, will also have a big part. Yes, she will be super too.
And Rumor has it that Corey Stoll’s Darren Cross, the villain of the first Ant-Man film, will appear. Since going subatomic with the Pym tech took Janet into the quantum realm all those years ago, it turns out that the same must have happened to Cross, who is otherwise presumed dead. Also, we saw his helmet in an episode of Loki. So, really, it should be expected.
Peyton Reed, who sat in the director’s chair for the first two Ant-Man films, also returns for Quantummania.
Which past Ant-Man characters aren’t returning?
There’s no indication that Quantumia will follow up with Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) or Dr. Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), who played key supporting roles in Ant-Man and The Wasp, though surprise cameos are not out of the question. Tip “TI” Harris will not return as Dave, in early 2021 after he and his wife faced multiple allegations of sexual assault.
Michael Pena’s Luis is also not expected to return, but no reason is known. This returns David Distamalchian as the sole member of Ant-Man’s team of friends from the previous films.
What new people should we expect to see in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantummania?
The film will introduce us to some new characters, perhaps most notably Bill Murray entering the MCU as a villainous character. William Jackson Harper of The Good Place and Underground Railroad will also appear in an undisclosed role, and Modoc is rumored to appear as well – Harper would be great for the part.
Will Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania actually include meaningful connections to the rest of the MCU?
The signs point to yes! Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), who was first introduced in the Loki series, is featured prominently in the first Quantumia trailer. And since he’s the big bad of this upcoming installment of the MCU saga, you can bet that this movie will lay a lot of groundwork for the next two years of the MCU’s overall plot. Of course, we also thought the same would happen with the most recent Spider-Man and Doctor Strange movies.
But this new Ant-Man and the Wasp movie is the start of Phase 5 of the MCU. It’s probably no coincidence that they’ll mark this film as the beginning of a new era–this film is probably going to be important.
Is Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania an integral part of the MCU, or is it safe to leave out?
While the last two Ant-Man movies were a lot of fun, they weren’t really essential to the larger MCU story – the only part of Ant-Man and the Wasp that was important to the MCU at large was the mid-credits. . The scene when Scott gets trapped in the quantum realm.
But Quantummania seems like a different animal. It will tell an important piece of a larger story, while bringing a new main franchise villain into focus. So, yeah, there’s no indication that this story will be optional. In fact, quite the opposite. If you’re an MCU fan of any kind, this is one you really need to see.
What should you watch or re-watch to prepare for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantummania?
To get the full story as we know it for these guys so far, you probably don’t need to watch the entire MCU in its entirety. But this preparatory work has two parts.
First, the story of the ant-man and the wasp. It includes, in chronological order: Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp (they take place simultaneously), and Avengers: Endgame.
Second, the story of Kong the Conqueror. Which so far only consists of the first season of the Loki series on Disney+, where he and his multidimensional ability were first introduced. It will take you about four hours to get through these six episodes, so it’s basically a couple extra movies. The good news, though, is that watching Tom Hiddleston play Loki really isn’t that much of a chore, no matter the context.
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