Ant-Man 3 director spoils Major Kang the Conqueror storyline

“I can take you home and give you more time,” Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) tells Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) in the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer, “if you help me.” After Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton) “invents a deep space satellite, but Quantum,” the Ant-Fam — Scott, Cassie, Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) — are trapped in the Quantum Realm. There, Ant-Man encounters the time lord Kang the Conqueror, a variant of Time Variance Authority founder He Who Remains (Majors), whose death unleashed multiversal madness in the season one finale of Loki.

Why does the time-conquering Kang need help from Earth’s tiniest Avenger? As revealed by Quantumania director Peyton Reed, it’s to escape the Quantum Realm, where Kang gets trapped when the Phase 5 movie begins.

“We wanted to explore the quantum realm,” Reed said in the latest print issue of empire magazine. After a glimpse of the subatomic dimension in 2015 Ant man2018 Ant-Man and the Waspand that of 2019 Avengers: endgamewill the trilogy ender spend more time in the dimension where the original Wasp was once trapped for decades.

“It’s a huge, huge world-building endeavor,” Reed said. “It’s due in equal measure to electron microscope photography, Heavy Metal magazines from the ’70s and ’80s, many of my favorite cover artists for science fiction books, and there’s a bit of Mœbius thrown in. Fantastic realism is the vibe.”

As for Kang, the Conqueror variant is “an entirely different character” than the time-defining He Who Remains. “He’s one who has dominion over time, and he’s a warrior and a strategist,” Reed said. “That’s interesting to me: to take the smallest, and in some people’s minds the weakest, Avenger and pit them against this absolute force of nature.”

The Ant-Man threequel kicks off Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sets up 2025 Avengers: The Kang Dynastythe first part of an epic that will end with the multiverse Avengers: Secret Wars in 2026.

“I think it has a big impact on the MCU,” the director said of Kang’s arrival. Jeff Loveness, who wrote [Quantumania]writes The Kang Dynasty also, so there’s been a lot of debate about the impact this appearance of Kang the Conqueror has. Big things are in store.”

Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be in theaters from February 17, 2023.

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