Release of new trailer
It’s only the second week of 2023, but the first piece of Marvel Studios content of the New Year has already arrived.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania as the first film of MCU’s Phase 5
The latest trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantomania debuted during a one-sided college football national championship on Monday night, providing a closer look at what will be the first film of the MCU’s Phase 5 when it arrives on February 17. And the trailer reveals a lot.
Kang the Conqueror: A Closer Look
In the first Quantumania preview, which arrived in late October, the upcoming film’s big bad—Jonathan Majors’s Kang the Conqueror—is more talked about than seen, with the only close-up shot of his face reserved for the footage’s final moments. But in the latest trailer, Kang is front and center. “You’re an interesting man, Scott Lang,” Kang says to open the preview. “You’re an Avenger, you have a daughter, but you’ve lost a lot of time, like me. We could help each other with that.”
Introduction to the Quantum Realm
Like many Marvel trailers, the first preview revealed little by way of plot, opting instead to reintroduce the audience to the Quantum Realm and to tease the long-awaited arrival of Kang the Conqueror after the character’s soft launch as his variant He Who Remains in the season finale of Loki. In that trailer, we also learned that Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton) has seemingly created a means of communicating with the Quantum Realm despite being only in her teenage years.
What with the trio of young super-geniuses in Peter Parker, Riri Williams, and apparently Cassie Lang, one has to wonder, What’s going on with the American education system in the MCU, and who deserves a medal?) Cassie’s technological breakthrough naturally gets the Ant-Man clan into trouble as they’re all sucked into the Quantum Realm. The preview ends with Kang offering Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) an ominous deal that would return him and his family to their own dimension.
Plot developments in the latest trailer
The latest trailer, on the other hand, appears to lay out the plot in full, including the basic details of the deal that Kang offers and Scott foolishly accepts. Kang wants Scott to bring him something that might just start a multiversal war, and in return, he promises to grant the Avenger and his family much more than a ticket back to Earth; Kang can offer him time itself. And as a father who’s lost so much time with his daughter that the actress playing her has been recast twice, Scott can’t refuse that offer.
“I don’t care who this guy is. I just lost so much,” Scott says via voiceover as the on-screen images convey the years he lost with Cassie during the Blip. “He can give us a second chance.”
But the Quantumania preview goes even further than that, revealing, in no particular order:
Reveals in the Trailer
That Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) tells Scott that Kang has the power to “rewrite existence and shatter timelines” as she urges him not to take the deal That Scott takes the deal and Kang doesn’t hold up his end of the bargain Glimpses of what appears to be Kang’s base, the city of Chronopolis, from the comics, along with his iconic blue mask and how Marvel Studios has reinvented it for the screen Our first look at the MCU’s take on M.O.D.O.K.
We also see glimpses of what sure looks like the climactic battle between Kang and Ant-Man and perhaps even the very end of Lang, with the Avenger getting beaten to a pulp as he all but concedes any chance of beating the time-traveling villain, saying: “I don’t have to win. We both just have to lose.”
The trailer also provides a glimpse at some of the other characters in the film(Ant-Man), including the return of Hope Van Dyne as the Wasp and the introduction of Tommy Lee Jones as Hank Pym, Janet’s husband. These characters will no doubt play a crucial role in the film’s narrative and add depth to the story being told.
Time Travel and Multiverse in the film
It’s worth noting that the trailer also highlights the significance of time-travel in the movie, which opens up a lot of possibilities for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Kang being able to manipulate time, it’s likely that the film(Ant-Man) will explore different timelines and alternate realities, which could have a big impact on future MCU movies.
Overall, the Quantumania trailer has left fans with more questions than answers, but it’s clear that the film(Ant-Man) is going to be a significant addition to the MCU. With a strong villain, a solid plot, and an all-star cast, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is shaping up to be one of the most exciting films of the year. And with the film being the first of Phase 5, it sets the stage for the next chapter in the MCU’s story. As fans, we can’t wait to see how it all unfolds when the film(Ant-Man) finally releases on February 17th.
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