Cassie Lang's Becoming Superheroine In Ant-Man 3 With Multiverse Saga

The upcoming third installment of the Ant-Man franchise will mark the beginning of Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The next two phases are expected to be shorter than usual, with Marvel Studios producing new projects at a rapid pace. This is a result of the introduction of Disney Plus shows and the "Multiverse Saga," which is expected to end in 2026 with Avengers: Secret Wars.





While the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie will not explore the multiverse, the film Quantumania is expected to build on the groundwork laid by Doctor Strange, Loki, and Spider-Man. The film will also introduce Kang the Conqueror as the next major villain in the MCU.



"Ant-Man 3 Phase 5 begining for Marvel Cinematic Universe"


The Ant-Man movie will follow hero Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Avenger Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) as they, along with Scott's daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton) and Hope's parents, are sent to the Quantum Realm after an experiment goes wrong. Kang the Conqueror and his forces have become a major threat in this realm. The events of Ant-Man and the Wasp and Avengers: Endgame have finally reunited Paul and Hank's families, so this new adventure will put all of them under pressure. Director Peyton Reed has promised a darker tone and higher stakes for this film, as it must make audiences care about Kang as the next Thanos-level threat to the Marvel universe.


According to Evangeline Lilly, the movie will explore the "fragilities and vulnerabilities" of each character. Reed added that the heart of the story will be the relationship between Scott and Cassie. Fans can also expect to see Cassie Lang's development as the superheroine Stature in the film, as hinted at in the trailer.



"Kang the Conqueror is a bigger villain than Thanos in MCU"


In the upcoming Ant-Man film, Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd, makes a deal with the multiverse-hopping villain Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors, in order to regain the five years he lost during the events of Avengers: Endgame. During that time, his daughter Cassie grew into a teenager, and Scott is willing to do anything to make up lost time with her. However, when his agreement with Kang backfires, Scott is even willing to sacrifice himself. The film will also feature Paul Rudd's character encountering an identical version of himself and other versions running wild in the Quantum Realm.


Kang the Conqueror, also known as He Who Remains, was last seen in the season 1 finale of Loki on Disney+. He Who Remains, from an alternate timeline, was killed by Sylvie, which unleashed waves of multiversal chaos and the wrath of Kang, a universe-traversing threat.





"Ant-Man and the Wasp might end in the Quantum Realm"


The purple and green suited villain will play a significant role in the current Multiverse Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). At the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige revealed the upcoming slate of films for MCU's Phases 5 and 6, which will end with two Avengers movies in 2025 and 2026. The first of these movies, titled "Avengers: The Kang Dynasty," will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. While no official information has been released about the film, it is expected to be a key part of the saga's finale and will likely feature Kang the Conqueror once again.


The official runtime for the upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has been revealed. According to Fandango, the movie has a runtime of 125 minutes, making it the longest film in the Ant-Man series. The first Ant-Man film had a runtime of 117 minutes, while its sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, was one minute longer at 118 minutes.



"Director teases darker tone and higher stakes for Ant-Man 3"


Compared to other recent Marvel movies, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has a similar runtime to Sam Raimi's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which was two hours and six minutes. It's slightly longer than Taika Waititi's Thor: Love and Thunder, which had a runtime of one hour and fifty-nine minutes. Although, it's shorter than Ryan Coogler's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which had a runtime of two hours and forty-one minutes.


The film will also introduce Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror, a time-and-multiverse spanning villain who made his first appearance in the Disney+ series Loki as He Who Remains. Majors is set to reprise his role in season 2 of the show, and is also speculated to appear in multiple unspecified MCU projects between now and 2025's Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, where he is expected to play a leading role similar to that of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.





"Ant-Man 3 explores characters' fragilities and vulnerabilities"


It is not a surprise that Scott Lang is willing to trust the obviously evil Kang to get more time with his daughter, who he missed out on five years of her life during the Blip. But the fact that he is bringing his entire family to the Quantum Realm also suggests that something in the movie might make him willing to turn back time at any cost.


In each Ant-Man movie, the Quantum Realm becomes bigger, from a kind of scary purgatory in the first film, to an inhabitable land in the second, and finally a full-blown universe full of high-tech cities in the third. However, the only problem with this universe is that it is controlled by Kang the Conqueror.


"Third Ant-Man movie puts reunited families under pressure"


The trailer also gave audiences a first look at MODOK, played by Corey Stoll, an evil genius and grotesque laboratory experiment who is a beloved Marvel villain known for being so terrible. In Quantumania, it appears that Stoll will reprise his role as the villainous Yellowjacket from 2015's Ant-Man.


The cast of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was seen on set in Los Angeles prior to the film's premiere in February. Cast members were spotted filming reshoots for the latest installment in the Marvel Studios' Ant-Man franchise. The actors were seen walking around the set holding scripts and wearing possible costumes for the film. Paul Rudd, who first appeared in the MCU in 2015 with the first Ant-Man film and later in Captain America: Civil War in 2016.


Quantumania is set to mark the beginning of phase five in the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. At the D23 Expo in September, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige shared details about the upcoming MCU projects, including the next two Avengers films, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2025) and Avengers: Secret Wars (2026). Phase four ended with Thor: Love and Thunder and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and phase five will continue with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Marvels, and several Marvel TV shows.


Each phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe encompasses several movies and is part of a specific 'saga.' Phases one through three were in the Infinity Saga, and phases four through six will be in the Multiverse Saga.


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