The surprisingly-entertaining underdog of the MCU, Peyton Reed‘s Ant-Man franchise is getting a third installment and a major-league villain. The title of the third film — Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania — was revealed during Disney’s recent investor presentation, which came across as more of a mini-Hall H presentation than your typical board meeting snoozefest filled with numbers and projections. The film was anticipated — as was the title, since the Quantum Realm first explored in Ant-Man and the Wasp is now such a major component of the MCU — but the villain was not: Kang the Conqueror, a Class-A threat to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on par with Thanos.
In the comic books, Kang is a virtually-immortal villain who uses time travel and exotic weaponry to conquer kingdoms throughout history. Jonathan Majors (HBO’s Lovecraft Country) has landed the role of Kang and may be portraying the villain in multiple films. Returning cast members include Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man; Evangelyne Lilly as Hope van Dyne, aka Wasp; Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym; and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne. Also joining the franchise is Kathryn Newton, replacing Emma Fuhrmann as Cassie Lang, Scott’s daughter.
As a supposed relative of Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four in the comics, Kang’s appearance in Quantumania could herald the introduction of Marvel’s First Family in advance of their first solo movie in the MCU.
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