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Ant-Man 3 Theory: Ant-Man 1 Villain Darren Cross is Now the MODOK of Kang’s Quantum Realm Empire


The MCU is the largest movie franchise of all time, that’s for sure. Marvel’s lore is massive, and with that fame comes a fanbase that isn’t too familiar with a lot of its original characters. The upcoming Ant-Man movie is another movie that plans to eliminate this problem step by step.

Just recently, a new trailer for the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania went live on YouTube. One important detail that many failed to see in the trailer was the speculated inclusion of a confirmed-to-appear character in the movie, MODOK, one of the oldest MCU characters. Regardless, his debut in the MCU is confirmed, but who’s going to be MCU’s MODOK?

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Who’s MCU’s MODOK? Darren Cross From Ant-Man Is The Prime Suspect

Let’s run a little background check. MODOK is not actually a name (well, it kind of is), but an acronym that reads Mental/Mobile/Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing.

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The MODOK is a series of characters that have appeared throughout Marvel comics over the years ever since the creation of the first MODOK, George Tarleton. MODOK made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #93–94 back in 1967.

MODOK has been a recurring character in Marvel comics for over four decades, and the supervillain is now confirmed to be getting his official live-action debut in the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania movie.

There’s still no idea as to who could actually be playing the role of MODOK, but according to our theory, it could very well be a villain that we’ve already seen before in the very first Ant-Man movie.

Remember Darren Cross/ Yellowjacket? If your memory doesn’t recall his death, the supervillain died a pretty gruesome death as we could see his body parts shrinking after Scott Lang destroyed his suit at the end of Ant-Man.

That’s where the idea of Darren Cross being the MCU version of MODOK comes from. His death wasn’t confirmed at the end of the movie, and if you look at MODOK’s physical appearance in all of his iterations- a gigantic oversized floating head with small arms and legs- Cross could possibly have been shaped into the new MODOK.

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We can further support this theory through Vanity Fair’s senior writer Joanna Robinson, who just last year commented on the easter egg in Loki that showed us Yellowjacket’s helmet. She seemingly confirmed the Cross’ (played by Corey Stoll) return-

“Do know that Corey Stoll, in some shape, will be back for Ant-Man 3.”

The word “some shape” is clearly a bit of a tease that Yellowjacket’s return is bound to come with a visual change, which only makes sense that he could be the new MODOK.

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More Reasons As To Why Yellowjacket Is Now MODOK In Ant-Man 3

There are two very important reasons why Yellowjacket being the new face of MODOK for the MCU is plausible.

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An illustration of MODOK

It was quite surprising to see that Jonathan Majors‘ character Kang the Conqueror, who will be the antagonist of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania movie(as well as in other MCU projects) has some form of knowledge about the Pym particles.

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Why is this so? As we speculate, it’s most likely that Darren Cross Pym-particled his way into the subatomic universe and is stuck in there like Kang himself in the Chronopolis. So it can be assumed for now that the MCU’s MODOK, who we speculate to be Cross, imparted his knowledge of Pym Particles to Kang The Conqueror, hence his knowledge of the same.

Who do you think could take on the role of playing the disproportionately shaped supervillain?

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set for a theatrical release in the United States on February 17, 2023.

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Written by Sang Tonsing

Sang is a content writer for Fandomwire with over 300 published articles. He now has 3 years of experience and counting in content writing. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Delhi University.