Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania arrives in theaters on February 17, 2023. The third entry in the Ant-Man and the Wasp trilogy is also the first entry in Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). We’ve got everything you need to know about the previous two film so you can be fully prepared for the latest edition. 

Quantumania

Peyton Reed, who helmed the first two Ant-Man and the Wasp movies, directs Quantumania. The movie was written by Jeff Loveness and features a score by Christophe Beck (WandaVision, Hawkeye).

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Ant-Man

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) was first introduced to the MCU in 2015’s Ant-Man. In that movie, Lang was released from prison. However, his status as an ex-con prevented him from finding work, even at Baskin-Robbins. After stealing the Ant-Man suit from Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the pair of Ant-Men formed an uneasy alliance.

This movie also introduced Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) who is Hank Pym’s daughter and will become The Wasp. However, she only acquires her prototype suit during the mid-credits sequence. 

Ant-Man’s antagonist, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), became a version of Yellowjacket during this movie. At the movie’s conclusion, he was mangled and crushed to subatomic size after Ant-Man disabled his suit’s regulator. 

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During the events of Ant-Man, Lang encounters Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), then known as The Falcon. This leads to Lang’s involvement in the “Airport Battle” in Captain America 3: Civil War, in which he backs up Captain America: Steve Rogers (Chris Evans).

Kathryn Newton as Cassandra "Cassie" Lang and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in Marvel Studios' ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA.

Cassie Lang and Scott Lang. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL.

As a consequence of these events, Lang is under house arrest during the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp. It is during this time that FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) is introduced to the MCU.

The Wasp

After receiving her prototype suit in the mid-credits sequence of the first Ant-Man movie, The Wasp plays a more significant role in Ant-Man and the Wasp. However, during a mid-credits scene for the sequel, it was revealed that The Wasp and Hank Pym were both blipped by Thanos (Josh Brolin) at the conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War.

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Fortunately, The Wasp returned to life thanks to the snap of The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) during the climax of Avengers: Endgame. During the final battle against Thanos in upstate New York, she battled alongside other heroes, thus playing a role in defeating the Mad Titan.

The Quantum Realm

During the climactic battle of Ant-Man, the titular hero was able to survive sabotaging Yellowjacket’s suit regulator thanks to being briefly teleported to the Quantum Realm and then returning to normal size.

The Quantum Realm played a larger role in Ant-Man and the Wasp. The narrative catalyst for the sequel is a distress call from Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). Janet had become trapped in the Quantum Realm disarming an ICBM in the 1980s. 

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Hope, Hank and Scott were able to rescue Janet from the Quantum Realm. In a mid-credit sequence, Ant-Man returned to the Quantum Realm to harvest more Quantum Healing Particles for Ghost (Hanna John-Kamen). 

However, the Snap of Thanos occurred during this process. Hope, Hank and Janet were at the controls but were all blipped. This left Ant-Man trapped in the Quantum Realm for almost five years.

Cassie Lang

Abby Ryder Fortson originally played Scott’s daughter Cassie Lang in her appearances in Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp. After being freed from the Quantum Realm in Endgame, Scott reunited with a teenage version of the character, played by Emma Fuhrmann.

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The character will be played by Kathryn Newton in Quantumania. If the trailers for the movie are to be believed, Scott’s relationship with Cassie will be at the center of the movie. Furthermore, the plot of the movie may kick off with Cassie sending a signal to the Quantum Realm.

Kang the Conqueror

Jonathan Majors as Kang The Conqueror in Quantumania.

Kang in Quantumania. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL.

Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) will not only be the primary antagonist of Quantumania, he will play the role of the next big bad for the MCU. A variant of the character, He Who Remains (Majors), was introduced in the finale of Loki season 1, “For All Time. Always. 

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In that episode, a Variant of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) named Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) killed He Who Remains, allowing another Kang Variant to seize control of the Time Variance Authority (TVA). The final shot of the season features a statue that bears a strong resemblance to Kang’s appearance in the Quantumania trailers.

M.O.D.O.K.

The live-action version of M.O.D.O.K. will be introduced in Quantumania. It appears from the trailer that the character may be played by Stoll, suggesting he could be Ant-Man antagonist Cross.

For another Variant of the character, check out Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. season 1 on Hulu. 

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The Young Avengers

Cassie is one of the potential members of the Young Avengers. Other possible members were introduced throughout Phase Four. 

These potential members include Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne) in WandaVision, Kid Loki (Jack Veal) in Loki, Eli Bradley (Elijah Richardson) in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Hawkeye (Hailee Steinfeld) in HawkeyeCould any of them make a cameo appearance in Quantumania?

The MCU movies and shows are available for streaming on Disney Plus.

This article was originally published on 1/16/23. 

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