The upcoming sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set to kick off Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — a choice that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said was made because the character had earned the right to do so.
Talking to Empire Magazine in a recent interview, Feige discussed the decision to let Ant-Man kick off the next era of the MCU — a decision that reflects the stature that Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang has achieved since his first debut.
“We wanted to start phase five with Ant-Man because he had earned that position,” Feige said. “To not just be the back-up or the comic relief, but to take his position at the front of the podium in the MCU. The first discussion we had was, ‘What if Ant-Man is accidentally in a Avengers movie by itself?'”
Director Peyton Reed was also present for the interview and said that unlike in the past Ant man film, this one will not be centered around an isolated story for the hero. Instead, this will see Scott fighting “one of the most powerful villains in Marvel history” and a force the Avengers have never seen before.
“We’re not running around the streets of San Francisco anymore,” Reed said. “We’re fighting one of the most powerful villains in Marvel history, and perhaps these are the most unlikely Avengers to be the first to go up against this guy.”
“In the film, which officially kicks off Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Super-Hero partners Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) return to continue their adventures as Ant-Man and the Wasp,” says the synopsis. “Along with Hope’s parents Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), the family finds themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embarking on an adventure that will push them beyond the limits of what they thought was possible’.
The third installment in Ant man series will bring permanent changes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to Kang the Conqueror, it has also been confirmed that fan-favorite Marvel villain MODOK will make his live-action debut in the film.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will once again be directed by Peyton Reed from a script written by Jeff Loveness. It is scheduled for release on February 17, 2023.