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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Leaked Image Reveals a Heavily Battered Down Scott Lang, Fan Believe it’s the End of Paul Rudd in the MCU

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One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most endearing heroes is Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man. He was introduced to us in the 2015 solo origin film, Ant-Man and went on to play an increasingly important role in the MCU thereafter. However, the superhero may not have a long story ahead of him in the coming era of mainstream events after a recently leaked image has set off fan speculations about his battered down state in Quantumania.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

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Ant-Man’s Worrying State in the Phase 5 Film, Quantumania

Paul Rudd‘s superhero character has been integral to the Marvel storyline for a varied number of reasons. He started off by being a reformed criminal who rose to the occasion by donning the Ant-Man suit. The character also became an essential part of the Avengers’ winning in Endgame by setting them on the path to building a time portal. In his solo endeavors, the hero helped unite the Pym family and contributed to the redemptive arc of the now reformed villain, Ghost, who is set to appear in Thunderbolts.

A still of Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Emma Fuhrmann
A still of Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Emma Fuhrmann

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After being built up as a happy-go-lucky man who loves his family as much as he loves saving the world, the quick-witted Scott Lang might just serve as the perfect pawn in the next roster of sacrifices that Marvel has planned for the Kang arc. As has been obvious in every tragic epic, literary or cinematic, there can be no true uprising of heroes until the death of a beloved character. This theory worked toward the formation of the Avengers after the death of Phil Coulson. The dusting of half the universe also served as a catalyst for the climactic battle of Endgame.

For the next big bad of MCU aka Kang the Conqueror, a similar plot is needed in order to throw the Avengers for a loop in their journey toward the climactic battle. If Scott Lang becomes the first victim at the hands of Kang, his death might start the chain of events that give the Avengers the impetus for hunting down Kang. And so far, the bruised and battered state of Scott Lang in the leaked image doesn’t leave much to the imagination as to his probable gloomy fate.

Ant-Man 3 features Kang as its antagonist
Ant-Man 3 features Kang as its antagonist

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Ant-Man’s Sacrifice Could Make or Break the MCU

In the comics, the death of Ant-Man sparked the formation of Young Avengers, with Cassie Lang being an integral part of the team in order to avenge her father. We already know Quantumania introduces us to Kathryn Newton‘s Cassie and coupled with the fact that mainstream MCU has been subtly injecting the possible Young Avenger candidates throughout Phase 4, the theory further holds up as to what Ant-Man’s fate holds going forward.

But, if Paul Rudd’s character really is fated to end with his third solo outing, the Marvel fandom may as well erupt in flames of protest for making the heartwarming character expendable right at the beginning of the Kang arc.

As Michelle Pfeiffer had claimed, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set up to be much darker than what Marvel is usually accustomed to. Whether that was an indication of Kang the Conqueror’s arrival or Ant-Man’s death remains to be seen.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania premieres on 17 February 2023.

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Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with almost 500 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works. If she’s not writing or painting, Diya can often be found in tattoo parlors across Delhi or on rooftops at 3 am listening to music.