An Avengers-sized movie is necessary to address a danger of that scale. The smaller-budget Ant-Man and the Wasp was released in 2018 just a few months after the significant Avengers: Infinity War. In 2015, the modest Ant-Man followed the enormous Avengers: Age of Ultron to wrap up Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the Ant-Man series is no longer what trilogy director Peyton Reed refers to as a “palate cleanser.” Kang the Conqueror, the main antagonist of the Multiverse Saga, is introduced in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which hits cinemas on February 17.
“You know what? It’s fantastic to be a palette cleanser. It is everything you would expect from an Ant-Man film. But I want to be the huge Avengers movie that someone else follows with a palette cleanser, not a palate cleanser,” “In the most recent print edition of Total Film Magazine, Reed states. “And everyone favoured this notion. The Ant-Man movies appeared to be growing naturally and organically… For this movie, I really wanted to paint on a much bigger canvas.”
Paul Rudd, who returns to the role of comical ex-con Scott Lang in Ant-Man 2, wanted the sequel to be a third-movie reinvention similar to Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, which deconstructed Chris Hemsworth’s Asgardian God of Thunder before rebuilding him as a “redo” of the role he had grown weary of portraying.
Rudd stated, “It would be great to take a huge swing if we ever do another one of these, which at the time, we didn’t know whether or not we would. “That has always struck me as being among Ragnarok’s more enjoyable features. The third Thor movie was entirely different from the first two. And in a way, that was one of its advantages. And I was eager to attempt to take a larger swing with a third one, just like Peyton and Stephen were.”
As with Ragnarok, which Rudd compares to the vastly different interpretation of Thor and Thor: The Dark World from 2011 and 2013, Quantumania would be unrecognisable to viewers anticipating another condensed adventure with few effects on the cosmos as a whole. It felt appropriate to take Ant-Man in a darker path in an universe after Avengers: Endgame, when Scott’s daughter Cassie (now portrayed by Kathryn Newton), matured five years in the literal blink of an eye for Scott.
According to Rudd, “I believe that we wanted to make a big old movie, and we wanted it to be aesthetically stunning, have a significant plot, and have a very serious villain.” “And we wanted viewers to be awestruck and exclaim, “Wow, I can’t believe that was an Ant-Man movie,” as they left the theatre. That was the aim. Additionally, I believe that given what Scott has gone through and what viewers have witnessed these characters go through up to this point, something of this magnitude was necessary. I believe that course of action was best.”
A new band of Earth’s greatest heroes will be assembled to battle the time lord Kang in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (released May 2, 2025), and Avengers: Secret Wars (May 1, 2026). Quantumania serves as a type of prelude to both films.