“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” Trailer Unleashes Marvel’s New Big Bad
The new trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania opens with one man reaching out across time and space (quantum space, in this case) to connect with another. “You’re an interesting man, Scott Lang,” a voice says at the trailer’s opening, listing some of the most salient facts of Scott Lang’s life; he’s an Avenger, he’s the father to a daughter, and, here’s the kicker, that Scott has lost a lot of time over the years (while half of the living universe was snapped out of existence by Thanos for five years, Scott Lang had been zipped up into the quantum realm). The unseen speaker then says that he, too, has lost a lot of time. “We could help each other with that,” the man says.
Scott finally meets this man face-to-face about 40 seconds into the new trailer, and we’re guessing you might have gleaned who he is. It’s Kang (Jonathan Majors), the MCU’s new big bad, but unlike the purple homicidal lunatic Thanos, Kang has more of a human touch. He offers Scott the thing he wants most in the world—time. The time he lost with his daughter when he left her as a little girl and came back to find a young woman. The problem, of course, is Kang isn’t going to just give Scott his time back for nothing, and considering we already know that an upcoming Avengers film is titled Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, we know he’s got big, bad plans for the universe at large.
“He can rewrite existence and shatter timelines,” Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) tells Scott.
“Let me make this easy for you,” Kang tells Scott, “you will bring me what I need, or everything you call life will end.”
By the trailer’s end, it becomes clear the understanding between Scott and Kang goes very, very wrong, and Scott may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to keep his daughter, and all their timelines, from being shattered.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be the more full-throated introduction of Kang as the dark, driving force in the MCU’s Phase 5. Quantumania will find Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), his daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton), Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Janet Van Dyne (Pfeiffer), and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) all heading into the Quantum Realm for an ultimate confrontation with Kang. We’ve already met a version of Kang towards the end of Marvel’s Disney+ series Loki when the Sacred Timeline was fractured into the multiverse of possibilities we’re now living in. In that Marvel series, Kang was playful but all-powerful. In Quantumania and Phase 5, he’ll be the gravest threat the varied superheroes have faced since Thanos.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania also features Randall Park returning to the MCU as Jimmy Woo and newcomers to the universe William Jackson Harper and Bill Murray. Peyton Reed returns to direct.
Check out the new trailer below. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania arrives on February 17, 2023.
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Featured image: Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror in Marvel Studios’ ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA. Photo by Jay Maidment. © 2022 MARVEL.