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Kang the Conqueror 1 to Debut in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’

The journey for Ant-Man is long.

In addition to the returning cast, Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror will make his MCU debut in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumia.

Kang is a time-traveling antagonist who has been a pain in the side of many Marvel heroes in the comics, and his appearance in the movie suggests that the Ant-Man series may delve deeper into the world of time travel and the multiverse.

The Quantum Realm, the atomic world where Scott Lang first became aware of his shrinking abilities, can also be seen in the teaser in brief glimpses. A larger role for the Quantum Realm in the upcoming movie has been suggested because of its immense power and potential.

The prospect of quantum computing, a cutting-edge technology that could transform industries like medicine, finance, and even national security, is one of the most thrilling aspects of the Quantum Realm.

Quantum computing remains in its infancy, but the possibilities are endless.

The Quantum Realm has also been suggested as a crucial element in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe’s story, so it is likely that the film will tie-in with the bigger MCU event and the upcoming Disney series.

Moreover, Quantum Realm has previously been referenced in Doctor Strange, Avengers: Endgame, and WandaVision. So, it is clear that Marvel has big plans for this mysterious and powerful place.

Peyton Reed’s promise to make the third Ant-Man movie an unquestionably epic adventure appears to be coming true, at least on the surface.

“People felt like, Oh, these are fun little palate cleansers after a gigantic Avengers movie,” Reed said in December. “For this third one, I said, ‘I don’t want to be the palate cleanser anymore. I want to be the big Avengers movie.'”

Ant-Man Stars

Some cherished franchise members, such as Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym and Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet van Dyne, are back in Quantumania.

Fans can look forward to seeing these characters back in action and seeing how they fit into the story. In addition to these returning characters, Freaky’s Kathryn Newton has also joined the cast as Scott’s now-adult daughter Cassie Lang. 

This is a fresh addition to the cast and fans are thrilled to see what kind of dynamic Newton brings to the film.

But perhaps the most intriguing addition to the cast is Jonathan Majors as Kang, a nefarious villain from the comics. Kang is expected to play a major role throughout Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and fans can expect to see him causing trouble for Scott throughout the film. 

Majors first appeared in the MCU as “He Who Remains” in the Disney+ series Loki, and fans can look forward to seeing him in action in Quantumania and in 2025’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty

The trailer provides a hint of the action that is to come and shows Kang delivering quite the beating to Scott.

Reed previously teased that Kang will be a formidable villain in the upcoming film Quantumania

“It struck me as interesting to take the tiniest Avengers — in some people’s minds, maybe the least powerful Avengers — and put them up against the most powerful force in the multiverse,” he elaborated.


Very New Villain

The recently released trailer for the upcoming film, Quantumania, has given fans a sneak peek at what’s to come and it looks like the film is going to be an epic and action-packed addition to the MCU. 

The trailer also revealed the first peek at another classic comics villain: MODOK, the floating head who will be making his live-action debut for the first time.

MODOK, which stands for “Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing,” is a villain who first appeared in the comics in 1967. 

He is a mechanical and genetically-engineered being created by A.I.M. with super-intelligence, telepathy, and psychic powers and has long been a fan favorite among comics readers. 

The appearance of MODOK in the film means that fans can expect to see a lot more of the character in the future, and it is a sign that the MCU is willing to embrace the more fantastical elements of the comics.

Marvel Studios has yet to reveal who’s playing MODOK, but there’s a brief shot of him without his helmet in the trailer and many fans seem to think that he bears resemblance to Corey Stoll, who portrayed original Ant-Man villain Darren Cross in the first film. 

However, this is unconfirmed and it will be exciting to see how this character is fleshed out in the film.

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MODOK’s Inclusion

MODOK’s inclusion in the film is one of the highlights. The villain has been known for his comedic element and it will be interesting to see how Reed and the team include that in the story. 

The film promises to bring innovation and new development in shrinking technology as well as the Quantum realm, the story seems to be a blend of comedy and action and the addition of MODOK is expected to bring another level of humor to the film.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the highly anticipated third installment of the Ant-Man franchise, is set to hit theaters on February 17th. 

The film is directed by Reed and stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne/Wasp, and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.

Furthermore, the cast includes David Dastmalchian as Veb, Katy O’Brian as Jentorra, William Jackson Harper as Quaz and in an exciting surprise addition, Bill Murray will be seen in a role as Lord Krylar.

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