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Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania Trailer Review: The Last We’ll See of Scott Lang?

by Eve Andrews
Ant-Man and The Wasp

The new trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, the third instalment of Ant-Man’s adventure into the MCU has officially dropped, and as the first big-screen offering Marvel has for us in 2023, fans are flocking to get a sneak-peak of what’s to come. And boy, did it throw us all for a loop! 

Right from the get-go, the overall vibe of this trailer was far bleaker than what we’re used to seeing from the Ant-Man series. What used to be a wacky, highly saturated Marvel romp is now greeting us with foreboding music and imagery of a setting sun over San Francisco, the city in which both Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp took place – foreshadowing, maybe?

While we see Scott Lang living it up as a famous Avenger after Avengers: Endgame, something about this whole thing feels incredibly off. There is a multitude of subtle hints in this trailer telling us that this movie is setting up for something big. 

Speaking of which, this trailer gives us our first really good look at Jonathan Majors in his role Kang the Conquerer, who will be the villain not only for this upcoming instalment of Ant-Man but for the entire multiverse saga that Marvel has in store. This is fitting, given that Kang’s comic book counterpart is the Master of Time, with various connections throughout multiple titles. And judging by this trailer, this classic comic book villain is coming to the silver screen swinging! Not only do we get a glimpse of him flexing his epic force-field powers, but we also see him going head-to-head with Ant-Man in what looks like a pretty nail-biting throwdown. He even stamps on the poor guy’s face – that’s a pretty low blow, dude. 

Although how we get to this point is something Marvel is keeping well under wraps. But they did drop a few hints in the trailer for fans to think about, namely the decidedly more prominent presence of Scott’s daughter, Cassie Lang. Despite all his successes, it’s abundantly made clear that, deep down, Scott is still just pining for the time he lost with his daughter. This grief will likely be taken advantage of, leading him into the dangerous clutches of Kang the Conquerer. We’re expecting some kind of ultimatum that will have Scott do something terrible, only to be ultimately double-crossed by Kang – yeah, we know these formulas work.

Of course, since the events of Avengers: Endgame, Scott and Cassie have grown apart, with Cassie leaving for her own path while Scott capitalises on the traumatic repercussions of Thanos’s reign of terror. But the new trailer hints that this movie will follow themes of familial relationships and that we will see the pair reconnecting on some level. But whether that’s for better or for worse is, as yet, unknown. 

Beyond character dynamic, though, there are also some very juicy previews of upcoming settings. There are hints that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will not only take to the Quantum Realm but all the way to the Quantum Nexus – essentially the core of the Quantum Realm. It’s a hostile atmosphere in which time and space collide, creating an anti-reality environment. This could be the reason behind the multiple Scott Langs we see in the trailer, but whether these or echoes of the multiverse or if it’s just the non-existent rules of the Quantum Realm going feral is something we have yet to find out. Either way, it’s chaotic as heck, and we love it! 

Many theories are flying back and forth concerning the role of the Quantum Realm, the Quantum Device, Kang’s role and Cassie’s relationship with Scott, with some fans even predicting that all this will lead to Scott’s eventual death in the MCU. 

Whatever happens, it’s setting itself up to be one hell of a wild ride! 

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set to release in theatres on February 17th 2023.

Are you looking forward to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania? What do you think it will have in store for Scott Land and Co? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comment section below, or drop a post on the Wild River Comics Discussion Club!

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