It’s not a good thing when the most interesting part of a movie isn’t the protagonist, but the antagonist, but that’s exactly what the next Ant-Man movie is shaping up to be. How come “who”? You guessed it, Ant-Man! It stars Paul Rudd, who also played Phoebe’s husband on Friends…come on, he was in Avengers: Endgame too. Did you remember?
This is the sad fate of the smallest superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – that we often forget about him, and the two mediocre films with him in the lead – “Ant-Man” (2015) and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018) did not help much to the contrary.
Perhaps all that will change with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, whose first trailer manages to draw attention to at least one thing – the villain.
Ant-Man, whose real name is Scott Lang, will have the honor of being the first of the Avengers to face Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), the new big villain in the MCU, as Thanos was until his final downfall in Avengers: Endgame.
Kang and his mischief (or the mischief of his various versions across the multiverse) will keep us busy with movies and TV shows until at least Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits screens in 2025.
But what is it about in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, where we will see this character for the first time? Scott Lang is back after a 5 year hiatus from Quantum Reality. Together with the other heroes, including his beloved Hope van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), they defeated Thanos. Now he enjoys his fame (although he is sometimes confused with Spider-Man), which also came from the autobiography he wrote.
However, this good life remains in the past, thanks to an invention of his now grown daughter Cassie (Katherine Newton). It’s about a “satellite but in Quantum Reality” – the dimension that is only accessible with shrinking technology or through magic.
And despite the warnings of Jeanette van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), Hope’s mother, the device is released, where the entire family is shrunk and sucked into Quantum Reality.
There, a whole universe “below our universe” awaits them (and, apparently, another attempt to impress viewers with a feast of visual effects). Also waiting for them is Kang, who explains that he’ll help them get out… if they help him.
To Marvel’s credit, with the inclusion of the Avengers’ next big enemy in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, they’re making this movie a lot more interesting than it would have been otherwise.
And whether the quality will be higher than the previous two – we will find out on February 17, when this adventure in Quantum Reality premieres.