The newest trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania suggests that the stakes are higher than ever for Scott Lang. After surviving the final battle against Thanos in Endgame, Scott is one of the most respected Avengers… except for the way people keep thinking he’s Spider-Man.
Scott spent years adrift in the Quantum Realm after the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp. He missed most of his daughter Cassie’s childhood, and now she’s nearly an adult. Scott wants his lost time back, and a new villain promises that he’s got just what Scott is looking for.
The Quantum Realm
Scott spent five years trapped in the Quantum Realm after a routine expedition to the microcosmic world was interrupted by the arrival of Thanos on Earth. Years later, a freak accident reversed the machine that had trapped him, allowing Scott to rejoin his allies, the Avengers, and help them hatch a time-traveling plot to secure the Infinity Stones and defeat Thanos.
The Quantum Realm is a critical piece of the MCU’s world-building that has played a major role in Ant-Man’s adventures and was the solution for the Avengers to undo “the Snap” and bring back Thanos’ victims. Quantumania will further explore this mysterious sub-atomic world by introducing viewers to the dangerous villain Kang the Conqueror, a warlord from the far future who often clashes with the Avengers in the comics.
From the film’s trailers, it looks like Kang and his fortress city Chronopolis have been somehow suspended in the Quantum Realm with no means of returning to the real world above. Kang wants something from Scott and the rest of the Avengers and is willing to offer Ant-Man something precious in return.
Scott was devastated to learn that he’d missed years of his daughter Cassie’s life when he returned to the real world during the events of Endgame. While he seems to be trying to enjoy his time with her now, she’s nearly an adult, and she was just a child when he got stuck in the Quantum Realm. When Kang offers him a chance to go around again and see his daughter growing up, Scott apparently can’t refuse.
In the new trailer, several characters can be heard cautioning Ant-Man against trusting Kang. It looks like things will, indeed, go sideways at some point in the narrative–Kang and Scott can be seen in the midst of a brutal fistfight in one shot. Audiences also know that Kang (or some variant of him) will be the bad guy in the upcoming Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, so he’s not likely to become best friends with Ant-Man.
But what does Kang want? If he’s really trapped in the Quantum Realm, far from the world we call home, he might want a way back to the “surface”. He could offer Scott a way to turn back the clock in exchange for releasing him and the city of Chronopolis from their prison down in the depths of the microscopic Quantum Realm.
Will Ant-Man Lose?
Given what we know about the upcoming film, it’s not likely that Scott Lang will survive his encounter with the Conqueror. Kang is a truly unhinged villain in the comics, a megalomaniacal warlord who wants nothing less than complete domination of every era of human history. While Ant-Man is an Avenger, he’s not exactly known as the team’s strongest hero or mightiest fighter.
If Scott isn’t up to the challenge in Quantumania, the odds are high that he’ll not survive the events of the film. Kang might end up winning their final fight, taking whatever artifact Scott brings him, and escaping the Quantum Realm to terrorize the real world.
Such an ending would be extremely bleak for the usually-cheery MCU, but it would solidify Kang as a dangerous enemy for the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to square off against. If you can’t wait to see what happens, make sure you’re there when Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania hits theaters on February 17.