The first MCU movie of 2023 arrives next month, concluding Paul Rudd’s solo trilogy with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Set after Avengers Endgame, Marvel’s new blockbuster sees Scott Lang and his family sucked into the Quantum Realm once again, where they come face to face with the franchise’s new Thanos-tier villain, Kang the Conqueror. Bad guy Jonathan Majors is a time-traveling despot from 1000 years into the future, hell-bent on ruling the multiverse. It’s not surprising that he’s in the Microverse given that he was the gateway to time travel in Avengers Endgame, a power he wants to use as a Faustian deal with Ant-Man.
Marvel fans will remember that Scott was trapped in the Quantum Realm at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp when Hope, Hank, and Janet turned to dust in Thanos’ Snap. As a result, what was a few hours to him was five years to the rest of the world. That was until he was accidentally dropped by a rat at the beginning of Avengers Endgame. Tragically, he missed seeing his daughter Cassie grow up, long ago that Kang offers him.
However, Janet warns Scott in the trailer: “He can rewrite existence and break timelines.” However, it looks like Ant-Man will be tempted by the villain and his minions, which the new footage revealed includes a supposedly dead character from the original 2015 film.
In the original Ant-Man movie, Scott’s nemesis was Corey Stoll’s Darren Cross, Hank Pym’s former protégé, who attempted to recreate the Pym Particle and sell it to HYDRA. Also known as Yellowjacket for his shrinking suit, Ant-Man defeated him and shrank to what was supposed to be his death. However, the Quantumania trailer has revealed that he survived, but only by taking another form.
In a shot from the new footage, Ant-Man, Kang, and Cassie walk together as a giant floating head cloaked in a golden helmet follows them. Cross is now MODOK, a classic Marvel Comics villain.
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MODOK stands for Mental/Mobile/Mechanized Organism Designed Only to Kill. The Marvel villain, also known as George Tarleton, underwent mutagenic medical experiments, in which his head grew to enormous size along with his intelligence. However, the side effects also caused the body’s growth retardation, which means MODOK needs to use a floating chair. Obviously, the MCU version isn’t George, but a mutated version of Cross who will presumably be at Kang’s disposal.
Patton Oswalt voices a tongue-in-cheek version of the character in the Disney+ adult comedy MODOK, which is set in another MCU universe.
Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania hits theaters on February 17, 2023.
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