For his third solo outing, pint-sized Marvel hero Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) is going small — not home. The first trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania reveals the plot of the third installment in the Ant-Man series, which also initiates Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it features the big-screen debut of the villain who will change the course of Marvel multiverse: Kang, played by the heavy-hitting Jonathan Majors.
The fun... uh, make that trouble begins when Scott's daughter, Cassie (Kathryn Newton), develops a beacon that's capable of signaling the Quantum Realm, the tinier-than-tiny dimension that's been nothing but bad news for their allies, the Van Dyne family. That's where Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) was imprisoned for decades while her husband, Hank (Michael Douglas) and daughter Hope aka The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) gave her up for lost.
Small wonder that Janet looks positively horrified when she learns of Cassandra's invention. And those fears turn out to be well-founded when the device promptly sucks them all into the Quantum Realm with no way back to terra firma. Now they have to negotiate their way through a dangerous landscape populated by new foes and friends, including a yet-to-be-named character played by Bill Murray — who makes a prominent appearance in the trailer on the heels of real-world allegations of misconduct on the set of a different movie.
But the most dangerous foe by far is someone passing himself off as a friend. While in the Quantum Realm, Scott and Cassie cross paths with Kang, who MCU fans previously met in the Season 1 finale of Loki in one of his other multiversal identities. And he's got an offer the heroes may not be able to refuse, especially as Scott's life appears to be in danger. "I can get you home," says Kang. "And give you more time — if you help me. So, what's it going to be Ant-Man?" Needless to say, he makes the idea of "help" sound pretty sinister.
Having assisted in saving the world in Avengers: Endgame, it's a particularly cruel twist of fate that Ant-Man may now be dooming it. Looking ahead in the MCU timeline, we'll be seeing Avengers: The Kang Dynasty in 2025, which means the foundations of that dynasty are laid here. And fans on Twitter agree that what might seem like a small family adventure is going to have big implications going forward.
— Brett Redmayne (@brettd1981) October 24, 2022
Ant-Man has been one of my favorite MCU franchises and this looks EPIC! Jonathan Majors returning as Kang the Conqueror looks 🔥 and will no doubt be top MCU villains after this! https://t.co/AIjm70EBPG
— Sioeli (@NotSalsa) October 24, 2022
That Ant-Man trailer is fire, i need to see Kang ASAP
— Black Crusaders 🐝 🇵🇷🇩🇴 (@Kcalb_4) October 24, 2022
Marvel rlly do be going in for that "let's release a movie no one really cares about but is hugely important to the plot" angle
In fact they've kind of done it with the whole concept of Ant-Man: like who tf cares about Ant Man but he's always important to the overall narrative
— ry ^^ (@BlueJay91_6) October 24, 2022
This looks so intense! Kang bout to ensure that Ant-Man ends up with the second best trilogy in the MCU after the Captain America 🔥 https://t.co/gaL3rvEkwa
— Kuzz Ultra (@Kuzz_Ultra) October 24, 2022
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania premieres Feb. 17 in theaters.