The first Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania poster showed us what it’s going to be like Kang the Conqueror in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is no mystery that an evil version of He Who Remains will be the main villain of the film: Kang has in fact already appeared in the trailer for Ant-Man 3 shown (strictly behind closed doors) at the San Diego Comic-Con last July. Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne’s new venture, on the other hand, will represent the first film of Phase 5 of the MCU, as well as probably the film that will begin to “pull the strings” of what happened during Phase 4 in view of the formation of a team of superheroes capable of defeating a new threat of universal level. So let’s try to extricate ourselves between the rumors and the leaks on Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and understand what the Kang of the film will be likeas well as what implications it will have on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A bloodthirsty Conqueror
Let’s start with what we know for sure: Kang the Conqueror will be in Ant-Man 3, will be played by Jonathan Majors and will have a central role in the story of the film.
From the Comic-Con trailer, then, we know for sure that Kang will be the villain of the production, as well as that he will be a finished supervillain, unlike the more ambiguous One Who Remains who appeared in Loki and always played by Majors. Among the scenes shown at San Diego Comic-Con, in fact, we find one in which the Conqueror asks Ant-Man: “are you an avenger? Have I killed you before?“. Two sentences that seem to dispel any doubt about the fact that the villain’s goal will first be to “kill” Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne, and then do the same with all the Avengers. Not only that: if we take into consideration the fact that Ant-Man 3 will conclude the trilogy dedicated to the superhero developed by Peyton Reed and that, according to the director himself, Ant-Man and The Wasp Quantumania will change the MCU forever, it is not too strange to think that Kang could succeed in his intent, killing Ant-Man and the Waspplus maybe some other Avenger.
Such a move, although unexpected, could make sense for several reasons: first, it would allow Scott Lang to “retire” before the character becomes uninteresting to the public, perhaps opening the doors to the introduction of Cassie Lang in the role of Stature (or directly as the new Ant-Man), putting her in the team of Young Avengers led by Ms. Marvel, Kate Bishop and America Chavez.
Secondly, such a tragic end for Ant-Man could help cement Kang as the “big villain” of Phases 5 and 6, much like Thanos did in the course of the Multiverse Saga. It remains only to understand how it will be there plot of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and how much screentime will be dedicated to Kang during the film: the concern, in this sense, is in fact that Kang, in spite of the central role in the plot, will have little time on screen due to the fact that, according to rumors, Ant-Man 3 will also introduce MODOK.
There are therefore many who fear that the bulk of the film will see Ant-Man fight against MODOKwhile Kang could emerge as a “true villain” only at the end of the film, perhaps peeping only for a few minutes at the end, just in time for a cliffhanger or for some action that could have serious repercussions on the whole MCU.
Another possibility is that Ant-Man 3 sees Kang fighting Krylar, who is supposed to be played by Bill Murray in the film, and that his storyline confines itself to intersecting only in passing with that of Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne: although this is a possibility not to be excluded, it must still be said that the Kang’s presence in the Ant-Man 3 poster suggests that Jonathan Majors will play a major role in the production. In any case, it is practically certain that Kang will be in the Quantum Realmand that precisely in this dimension he will come into contact with the two Avengers played by Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily: it is possible that the meeting between the villain and the two heroes takes place in Chronopolis, the city ruled by Kang within the Quantum Kingdom and incidental appearance in the ending of Ant-Man 2.
From Supreme Squadron to MODOK
Some rumors of the last few weeks, especially the one according to which Quantumania will be a mini-crossover and the one for which Ant-Man 3 will inaugurate a new supergroup, however, make us think that, next to Kang, in the new film by Peyton Reed there will also be the group of super-minions of the Supreme Squadron.
The Supreme Squadron is a formation introduced in the early seventies in the Marvel comics and composed of seven villains, namely Hyperion, Doctor Spectrum, Amphibian, Nighthawk, Power Princess, Trottola and Skrullian Skymaster, plus various secondary appearances. The group is none other than the Marvel parody of the Justice League, with Hyperion representing an evil version of Superman, Nighthawk mentioning Batman, Princess Power Wonder Woman, Spinning Top Flash and so on. The Supreme Squadron is expected to show up in Avengers The Kang Dynasty, but rumors say it it could also appear in the course of Ant-Man 3 they have become more and more insistent in the last few days.
In particular, it seems to confirm the imminent arrival of the Supreme Squadron on casting of Henry Cavill, DC’s Superman, in the role of Hyperion, which according to various scooper could be announced as early as D23 as an addition to the cast of Ant-Man and The Wasp Quantumania. The Squadron will be Kang’s super-group of henchmen, much like the Black Order was Thanos’ “right hand man” during the Multiverse Saga.
The arrival of an actor of the caliber of Henry Cavill in the MCU, however, in a role like that of Hyperion, would be one setback for the Warner-DC competition, which lately has been struggling to find a square for its cinematic future. Unfortunately, however, assuming that the actor and his group of co-stars really appear in Ant-Man 3, their appearance could be lightning-fast, perhaps related only to the post-credits scene or to some short action sequence, which however would only have the pourpose of introduce the Squadron ahead of Avengers 5.
Finally, in the equation you have to also consider the MODOK-factorwho will surely be one of the villains of Ant-Man 3. However, according to some rumors, it seems that the supervillain will not be linked to Kang, and indeed may even temporarily ally with Ant-Man and the Wasp to try to defeat him in the Quantum Realm.
Indeed, a theory that has been relaunched by some scoopers during the summer is that according to which MODOK will be played by Corey Stoll: if the name does not tell you anything, it could refresh your memory to know that the actor has already appeared in the past in the role of another villain, or Bumblebee. In short, the enemy of the first Ant-Man film could return, albeit in a completely different guise (and perhaps even as an anti-hero), for the closure of the trilogy on the Avenger-ant. It remains to be seen how the return to life of a villain given up for dead will be justified: according to the fans, Hornet would end up in the Quantum Realm at the end of the last fight with Scott Lang, where he would have survived, albeit with such impairments as to transform him into MODOK.