Remember when Captain America and Iron Man made all the Avengers take sides and fought a battle in an airplane hangar over the fate of Bucky Barnes? Remember when best friends Clint and Natasha battled head-to-head and eventual lovers Wanda and Vision duked it out as well? Captain America: Civil War had some drastic consequences for the MCU and the Sokovia Accords were the result, Ant-Man ended up under house arrest, and Cap and Nat were on the run….
Upcoming Avengers Films
Given that Kang the Conqueror is the big bad guy of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, as well as the entire Multiverse Saga, it would be a little surprising if the finale of the Ant-Man trilogy doesn’t create some major, major consequences for the MCU….
Stephen Broussard, Marvel Studios VP of Production & Development, recently stated in a press release that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be “as important and integral to the MCU going forward” as the Captain America sequels. In his statement, he says:
“We talk about movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which you saw the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it felt like the entirety of the MCU turned on that. Captain America: Civil War was another film where you saw heroes divided and in camps and battle lines being drawn—it really felt like the future of the MCU was going to be defined by the action of that film. We really liked the idea of making this Ant-Man film as important and integral to the MCU going forward.”Stephen Broussard
Fans are afraid for Scott Lang, seeing as in the newest trailer, we see him getting beaten up by Kang the Conqueror and he says, “I don’t have to win. We just both have to lose,” indicating that he is willing to sacrifice his life for his daughter, Cassie, and prevent Kang from winning.
Ant-Man was integral to the Avengers ultimately beating Thanos in Avengers: Endgame and, unlike some of the other Avengers, he survived to live and fight another day. It would be very sad, touching, and in some ways, fitting, for his adventures in the Quantum Realm with the people he loves the most, to kickstart the next Avengers films.
Ant-Man 3 will kickstart Phase 5 of the MCU and will feature Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang in his third solo movie alongside his fun-sized family of heroes. Scott Lang, Hope Van Dyne, Cassie Lang, Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne are sucked into the Quantum Realm after an experiment gone drastically wrong, and now they must try to escape Kang the Conqueror, the ruler of the Quantum Realm.
“One of our philosophies that we’ve always applied at the studio is to just go back to character, and to root it in character, and the science-fiction and the world-building is fun but ultimately it’s window dressing to the characters who are on this journey. I think as long as we never forget that this is a story about a father and his daughter reconnecting, which essentially is what this film is, then the headiness of the multiverse, the headiness of the Quantum Realm sorts itself out because you only need to understand that it’s a father-and-daughter story.”
Captain America: Civil War pulled the Avengers apart and forever sent the MCU spiraling into a new direction with brother against sister, lovers against one another, with a firm confirmation of the statement “United we stand, divided we fal.l” If Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be anything like that, it’s clear that the Quantum Realm has many consequences in store…