The events of Avengers: Endgame left Earth’s mightiest heroes in some interesting situations after defeating Thanos. Despite how the first look at one of 2023’s new movie releases Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania opens, that statement is pretty much par for the course. Not only do we get another look at Kathryn Newton’s older version of Cassie Lang, as well as the return of Jonathan Majors' Kang The Conqueror, there’s some seriously trippy visuals at play.
You’d think that by this point in his life, Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang might catch a break in his life. That’s exactly what it looks like has happened in the first trailer for this new Marvel Studios movie, as Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania shows Ant-Man living the sweet life. Of course, in the scientific world of Marvel Cinematic Universe, it doesn’t take long before the next big thing start to get more than a little out of hand.
Which is exactly where Jonathan Majors’ villain comes into play, as the Lang/Van Dyne families are about to visit somewhere we’ve only seen briefly before: the Quantum Realm. To be fair, Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfieffer) did warn Cassie to shut down the transmitter that bridged the gap between our world and that of Kang. However, how much of an adventure would Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania be if people listened to sternly given warnings?
At least endangering the Multiverse looks stylish as ever, thanks to director Peyton Reed’s upcoming Marvel movie maintaining the Ant-Man franchise’s unique look. Everything from multiple melting Ant-Men to just some good old fashioned hyper-futuristic cities are on display in the Quantum Realm this time around. With a remix of Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” acting as musical accompaniment, it feels like all that’s missing with this trailer is a blacklight.
What’s not missing is some light threats made by Kang the Conqueror, whom we’re seeing for the first time since his appearance in Loki’s Season 1 finale. Though we haven’t heard him actually threaten Paul Rudd, Jonathan Majors’ tone doesn’t exactly sound the friendliest. Not to mention, promises of going home and having “more time” aren’t exactly going to come for free from someone we’ve already seen scheme their way into power.
On the lighter side of things, we can see why Kathryn Newton geeked out over her Ant-Man 3 costume. All of this, plus confirmation that Paul Rudd’s attempt to hide Bill Murray from being involved in the MCU was a smokescreen, are on display in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s first trailer. Admittedly, it’s pretty exciting to see; though now we’re wondering what lies beyond the typical Marvel Studios veil of secrecy.
All will be revealed in this portion of the MCU, when Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania zaps into theaters on February 17, 2023. Though you don’t need to wait that long to brush up on the history of Ant-Man or Kang the Conqueror, as both of those gents can be found as part of the MCU archive known as a Disney+ subscription.
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