Behold! Phase 5 of the ever-loved Marvel Cinematic Universe is here with a spectacular bang!
After offering some of the best memories to both comic book fans and moviegoers alike for more than a decade, the latest addition to the MCU family is almost here with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. As it is with almost all previous MCU movies and shows, the new Ant-Man movie is going to bring several distinctive elements to the table. Why and how Quantumania is going to be another remarkable part of the MCU family? Let’s dig it!
Peyton Reed, who helmed the directorial responsibilities of the previous two Ant-Man movies, has returned to direct the third one as well. Reprising their roles from the previous instalments? are Paul Rudd as the titular hero Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne/Wasp, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne.
Quantumania will see the original cast reprising their respective roles as well as several new actors joining the movie
Talking of the plot, the story follows Scott Lang and Hope teaming up with Hank Pym and Janet along with Lang’s daughter, Cassie (played by Katheryn Newton), as they embark upon a journey into the Quantum Realm to face their most sinister adversary ever; Kang the Conqueror (played by Jonathan Majors).
There is more than one reason to watch this upcoming movie in a theatre, especially for the long-time MCU fans who have not missed a single movie or show ever since Iron Man blasted off the big screens across the world in 2008.
Just like the previous Phases in MCU, Phase 5 will be introducing new superheroes, backgrounds, and new supervillains as well, and if Jeff Loveness, the screenwriter of Quantumania is to be believed, Kang the Conqueror is going to be the next Thanos of the saga. It sure is saying something because we all know how powerful Thanos was and how big of an impact he made on the MCU.
There’s something peculiar about Kang though. If, like me, you have been an ardent follower of MCU shows on Disney Plus, you must’ve watched Loki, and well, Kang is He Who Remains from the season one finale!
Except he is not!
Even though both He Who Remains and Kang are played by the same actor (Majors), the Quantumania writer has made it quite clear that both the characters, in fact, are quite different from each other.
Kang the Conqueror will have a similar impact on MCU as Thanos
If you remember, He Who Remains did mention in Loki that his many variants exist in the multiverse but there is only one variant that is the most powerful among them all. Take a wild guess, maybe? And since Loki was mostly about the multiverse and variants of the same persons, it absolutely makes sense. Even though we don’t know the exact story of Quantumania at this point, it’s kind of obvious that the story will be strongly connected to the aftermath of Loki where the bridge connecting the multiverse was broken and different universes clashed with each other. It would be quite interesting to see how the story unfolds, won’t it be?
Another thing that makes Quantumania a must-watch is the live-action debut of a popular Marvel Comics character, M.O.D.O.K, or MODOK (an acronym for Mental/Mobile/Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing). MODOK was first seen in the latest trailer of Quantumania. He has been a prominent supervillain featured in Marvel Comics since 1967. Like several other iconic Marvel characters, MODOK, a mutated and cybernetically enhanced individual with a ridiculously oversized head, was also created by the legendary duo of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Interestingly, MODOK was initially featured as a recurring foe of Captain America. Hence, it would be worth the wait to watch what role he plays in the Quantumania.
MODOK makes his live-action debut with Quantumania
Trivia: MODOK is voiced by the actor Corey Stoll in Quantumania, who previously portrayed the antagonist Darren Cross/Yellowjacket in the first Ant-Man movie.
Another thing that I am definitely looking forward to is how pivotal the role of Cassie Lang is going to be in the movie. Once portrayed by the cute and chirpy Abby Ryder Fortson in previous installments, this adult version of Cassie is portrayed by the breathtakingly beautiful and ever-charming Katheryn Newton, who seems to be taking the mantle of Ant-Man from her father. At least that’s what you feel from the trailers. As it has been in most of the latest MCU shows and movies of Phase 4, it seems that Disney is moving ahead with making the women of MCU the lead of the franchise. Don’t believe me? Watch Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law? one more time, maybe? It will be exciting to watch in what direction Cassie would lead the story and how it will affect the upcoming movies and shows of Phase 5.
By the way, did any of you wonder what happened to Emma Fuhrmann who played Cassie in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame? No clue about it, right?
Katheryn Newton as Cassie Lang
In a nutshell, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and I for one, am not missing it in a theatre (preferably in an IMAX) at any cost. Word of advice, if you claim to be the biggest MCU fan ever, you just can’t afford to miss it in the theatre as well.
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