Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is a first look at Comic-Con

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania showed its first official look at Marvel Studios’ giant panel at San Diego Comic-Con, showcasing action set in the Quantum Realm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Director Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Kathryn Newton appeared on stage to help reveal the footage, with Rudd teasing where his hero Scott Lang is following the seismic events of 2019’s Avengers: Endgame .

“Scott is quite happy with his role in saving the universe,” Rudd told the cheering crowd. “Scott was busy at work – almost. With a little book. And I don’t know what else to say!”

“The second film is all about how powerful she is,” Lilly said, offering a little taste of where the film is at right now. “This is about their vulnerabilities.”

The group then stepped aside to show some footage exclusively for Comic-Con attendees, including first glimpses of Bill Murray’s character in the film, Jonathan Majors’ villain Kang the Conquerer, and the briefest shot of MODOK, the big-headed cybernetic villain of Marvel Comics, making its live-action MCU debut. MODOK didn’t speak in the trailer, only giving fans a small hint as to who might play the mutagenic monster.

“You’re an interesting man, Scott Lang,” says the Majors’ villain in the trailer. “You’ve lost a lot of time. But time isn’t what you think it is.”

Marvel star and all-time Hollywood wonder Rudd returns for his third Ant-Man film opposite Lilly as Hope van Dyne, aka the Wasp. Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer also return as inventors Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne, who was rescued from the Quantum Realm in 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The last time we saw majors in the MCU, he played He Who Remains in the Season 1 finale of “Loki” on Disney+. He Who Remains was an alternate timeline variant of Kang who was revealed to be the creator of the Time Variance Authority of “Loki” and the last remaining person in the citadel at the end of time. However, Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) slays He Who Remains, unleashing multiverse mayhem and entailing the wrath of other variants of He Who Remains and Kang.

Newton, who has starred in Big Little Lies and films like Freaky and Pokémon Detective Pikachu, takes on the aging role of Cassie Lang. After the time warp in Avengers: Endgame, Scott Lang discovers that his infant daughter Cassie, played by Abby Ryder Fortson in the first two films, grew up without him and became a teenager, played by Emma Fuhrmann. Now Newton has her own purple Ant-Man suit and seems ready to take on her superhero alter-egos Stature or Stinger from the comics.

“Cassie is becoming what she’s supposed to be,” Newton told the Comic-Con crowd. “And I don’t want to say anything more.”

Peyton Reed is directing Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, becoming the second director to direct a trilogy of films in the MCU alongside Jon Watts’ Spider-Man films. James Gunn will follow and his series with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 next summer.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania hits theaters on February 17, 2023.

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