Everything You Need to Know About Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
We’ve got the (Baskin-Robbins) scoop, Ant-Fans
The first big Marvel movie of 2023 is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the third entry in the Ant-Man series. Quantumania comes to theaters on February 17, and will probably land on Disney+ a few months later.
Stick around, and we’ll explain everything.
What is Quantumania going to be about?
Ant-Man and the Wasp was all about rescuing Janet Van Dyne (the original Wasp) from the Quantum Realm, a teensy tiny world that exists within our own. Until now, the Quantum Realm has always been somewhere that our heroes get stuck in or travel through. But for the first time, Quantumania will show us more of its landscape, culture, and even the people that live there, like . . . Bill Murray?
Who are the characters in Quantumania?
Like in the previous Ant-Man films, the heroes are Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and his family:
- His daughter Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), recast from previous movies
- His partner Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), aka the Wasp
- Hope’s mom Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), aka the first Wasp
- Hope’s dad Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), aka the first Ant-Man
Scott and the gang encounter a lot of outlandish characters in the Quantum Realm. Here’s who we know about so far:
- Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), aka Nathaniel Richards, a time traveler first introduced at the end of Loki season one and the next “big bad” in the MCU
- M.O.D.O.K. (Corey Stoll), aka the Mental Organism Designed Only For Killing, a big-headed evil scientist from the comics who is also interested in the Quantum Realm, for some reason
- Lord Krylar (Bill Murray), a Quantum Realm governor and kind of a jumpscare if you weren’t expecting Bill Murray to be in this movie
- Quaz (William Jackson Harper), a telepath
- Jentorra (Katy O’Brian), a freedom fighter
What is Cassie Lang’s superhero name?
In the comics, Cassie Lang uses two superhero names: Stature and Stinger. She goes by Stature as part of the Young Avengers, a team that also includes Kate Bishop (aka Hawkeye) and Nathaniel Richards (aka Iron Lad, but also aka Kang the Conqueror, the villain in Quantumania. It’s complicated, don’t worry about it.)
Later on, after a death and resurrection (again, don’t worry about it), she adopts the name Stinger and a new purple suit. MCU Cassie’s new suit in Quantumania is also purple, so it’s fair to guess that she might adopt the Stinger name during or after this movie.
Why is it called Quantumania?
Well, for one thing, it takes place in the Quantum Realm, the subatomic dimension that Ant-Man visits when he shrinks too far. But on a more literal level: Quantumania. QuANTuMANia.
We know. You can’t unsee it now. It’s a real “arrow in the FedEx logo” situation.
Is the Wasp Ant-Man’s wife?
Yep, sorta. The first Ant-Man was Hank Pym, and the first Wasp was his wife, Janet van Dyne. In the MCU, Janet passed the Wasp title down to their daughter Hope, and Hank passed the Ant-Man title down to Hope’s partner, Scott Lang.
In the comics, there is no Hope van Dyne, so Marvel decided to introduce Hank Pym’s secret daughter, a Russian teenager named Nadia. This isn’t the same character as the MCU’s Hope, but she also takes up the mantle of the Wasp, and we’ll give you one guess what “Nadia” is Russian for. (It’s hope).
What phase is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania?
Quantumania is the first movie of Phase 5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (coming to Disney+ on February 1) was the last movie of Phase 4.
Is Kang in the Quantum Realm?
Yes, the trailers for Quantumania suggest that Kang the Conqueror is hanging around the Quantum Realm. This isn’t very surprising; we’ve seen the Avengers use the Quantum Realm to travel back in time in Avengers: Endgame, and Kang’s whole thing is time travel.
If you’re unfamiliar, Kang was first introduced to the MCU through the Disney+ series Loki. We have a feeling that Quantumania will provide an explanation for those that haven’t watched the show, but here’s a quick recap:
A scientist named Nathaniel Richards discovered time travel and used it to travel back in time and through other realities. Unfortunately, the Richards-es from other timelines and universes also discovered time travel, and they all went to war against each other, trying to conquer all of time to create something called “The Sacred Timeline.”
Also, at some point he renames himself Kang the Conqueror, because why wouldn’t he?
One Kang succeeded in conquering the timelines, started a culty bureaucracy, and hired Owen Wilson, and this is the Kang we see (spoilers!) die at the end of Loki. This lets all of the other Kangs run around the multiverse like unsupervised children at a Chuck E. Cheese, and it is one of these variants that we’ll see in the Quantum Realm during Quantumania.
Phew! That was a lot. Let’s end on an easier one.
Will there be an Ant-Man 4?
There aren’t any more planned Ant-Man sequels in Phase 5, but it’s possible Marvel will greenlight another one for Phase 6 or beyond if Quantumania does well.
Quantumania will likely have an effect on future confirmed MCU films, too, like 2025’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.