Ant-Man, who Paul Rudd plays in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is getting a threequel with the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Scott Lang, who had a remarkable contribution in defeating Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, will face a new supervillain Kang the Conqueror. Kang earlier appeared as an alternate version of the character, He Who Remains in the first season of Loki.
Irrespective of the fact if Kang would be defeated by Ant-Man or not, Kang is slated for a major role in the upcoming phases of Marvel Studios.
The introduction of Kang in MCU through Ant-Man Threequel
It is no surprise to Marvel fans that Kang the Conqueror is supposed to be the next big bad villain to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kang, who will be played by Jonathan Majors, apparently has many alternate versions through different dimensions, each wreaking havoc.
However, the introduction of his character as an antagonist in the threequel of Ant-Man was quite a good decision by the director Peyton Reed. While Ant-Man’s character is often seen as a weak one in comparison to other superheroes, his battle against one of the biggest villains could show the unseen potential of Ant-Man that the audience was unaware of.
In a conversation with Empire Magazine about the movie, Peyton Reed revealed how Kang’s character will have a profound impact on MCU, with big ripples that would lead to Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
“Kang The Conqueror in our movie is a very different character,” said Reed. “He’s someone who has dominion over time, and he’s a warrior and a strategist.” Reed continued, calling Kang an all-time antagonist. “That’s interesting to me: to take the tiniest, and in some people’s minds weakest, Avenger and put them up against this absolute force of nature.”
The face-off between Scott Lang and Kang the Conqueror has fans believing that Ant-Man 3 could be the end for Paul Rudd in the MCU.
What would Ant-Man 3 entail?
Ant-Man 3, which would introduce Kang’s character into Marvel Cinematic Universe, would have Scott Lang face Kang in pursuit to save his family. As the trailer shows, the movie would have Lang’s family sucked into Quantum Realm with no probability to escape.
As they venture across, Ant-Man comes across Kang the Conqueror, who blackmails him into doing something in exchange for the safety of his loved ones.
While the movie could be a proper farewell to Ant-Man’s character if Kang defeats him to death, there’s also the possibility of a David vs Goliath scenario where the assumed weaker character Ant-Man could come out victorious. If the latter does happen, Kang’s various alternate versions through the dimensions would assure the character makes a return for later films.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is scheduled to release on February 17, 2023, as the first movie of Marvel Studio’s Phase Five.
Source: Empire Magazine