“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” has its first official look at Marvel Studios’ massive panel at San Diego Comic-Con, showing off the action inside the quantum world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Director Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Catherine Newton appeared on stage to help reveal the footage, as Rudd mocked the whereabouts of his hero, Scott Lang, after the seismic events in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.
“Scott is very pleased with himself in his role in saving the universe,” Rudd told the cheering crowd. “Scott was busy at work—ish. With a little book. And I don’t know what else I’m supposed to say!”
“The second movie is about how strong she is,” Lilly said, referring to where the movie is now. “This is about her weaknesses.”
Then, the group stood aside to show off some exclusive footage of Comic-Con attendees, which includes first looks at the film’s character Bill Murray, Jonathan Majors Kang’s villainous conqueror, and the shortest shot of MODOK, Marvel Comics’ big-headed cyber villain, making his debut in MCU live. MODOK didn’t speak in the trailer, giving fans a little hint about who could play the mutant monster.
“You’re an interesting guy, Scott Lang,” says Majors villain in the trailer. “You lost a lot of time. But time, it’s not what you think.”
Marvel star and enduring Hollywood wonder Rudd returns in his third movie “Ant-Man” alongside Lilly as Hope van Dyne, aka The Wasp. Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer also return as inventors Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne, who are rescued from the quantum realm in the 2018 movie Ant-Man and the Wasp.
The last time we saw the Majors in the MCU, he was playing He Who Remains in the final episode of Season 1 of “Loki” on Disney+. He Who Remains was a variant of Kang from an alternate timeline, who is revealed as the creator of the time variation power from “Loki” and the last person remaining in the castle at the end of time. However, Sylvie (Sofia Di Martino) kills the one who stays, unleashing the chaos of the multiverse and irritating the other variables of who stays and Kang.
Newton, who starred in “Big Little Lies” and films like “Freaky” and “Pokemon Detective Pikachu,” takes on the role of Cassie Lang. After a while in Avengers: Endgame, Scott Lang discovers that his young daughter Cassie, played by Abby Ryder Fortson in the first two films, grew up without him and became a teen, played by Emma Foreman. Now, Newton has her own purple Ant-Man suit and looks ready to take on her superhero out of style either the Stature or the Stinger from the comics.
“Cassie became what she was supposed to be,” Newton told a Comic-Con audience. “And I don’t want to say anything else.”
Peyton Reed directs “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” making him the second director to lead a trilogy of films in the MCU, outside of John Watts’ “Spider-Man” films. James Gunn will follow, supplementing his series with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” next summer.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” will be released on February 17, 2023.
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