Marvel has released the first trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which finds Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly going up against Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors.
The superhero sequel finds Scott Lang’s daughter, Cassie Lang (now played by Kathryn Newton), building a satellite to the Quantum Realm, where the characters — including Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne — quickly find themselves surrounded by all sorts of alien creatures. The time-traveling villain Kang offers them a way out, but only in exchange for their help.
After first appearing as He Who Remains in the Season 1 finale of Loki, Kang is currently being positioned as the MCU’s next Thanos-level foe — Destin Daniel Cretton is directing Avengers: The Kang Dynasty — though I imagine that once the Fantastic Four are introduced, Doctor Doom will inherit that monstrous mantle.
Peyton Reed returns to direct the third Ant-Man movie, this time from a script by Jeff Loveness. The problem with this movie, as far as I can tell from the trailer, is that it has forsaken the modest charms of Ant-Man and embraced its role as another generic Marvel movie. The original Ant-Man remains my favorite Marvel movie because of how different it is, but this just looks like more of the same.
Fans used to wait months between Marvel offerings, and the anticipation was through the roof. But now, the company just churns these projects out like fast food made on an assembly line. So as much as I love Rudd’s Scott Lang, I must admit to having a bad feeling about this one.
Disney will release Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania on Feb. 17, 2023, and the film kicks off Phase 5 of the MCU, though I think Marvel needs to phase out that phrasing. For now, check out the trailer below and let me know if you think this looks as good as the first two films in the franchise.