Look out for the little guy! According to Marvel producer Stephen Broussard, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will have massive stakes for the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
In a press release by Broussard, the Marvel Studios VP of Production & Development said that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be “as important and integral to the MCU going forward”, just like the Captain America sequels (via The Direct).
“We talk about movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which you saw the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it felt like the entirety of the MCU turned on that,” Broussard said.
“Captain America: Civil War was another film where you saw heroes divided and in camps and battle lines being drawn—it really felt like the future of the MCU was going to be defined by the action of that film. We really liked the idea of making this Ant-Man film as important and integral to the MCU going forward.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be the first movie of Phase 5 and will see Paul Rudd reprise his role as Scott Lang/Ant-Man. Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer are also reprising their roles as Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne respectively. Joining them is Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang.
In this third Ant-Man movie, the family of fun-sized heroes are being sucked into the Quantum Realm after an experiment gone awry and must now find a way out of it.
“One of our philosophies that we’ve always applied at the studio is to just go back to character, and to root it in character, and the science-fiction and the world-building is fun but ultimately it’s window dressing to the characters who are on this journey,” Broussard added.
“I think as long as we never forget that this is a story about a father and his daughter reconnecting, which essentially is what this film is, then the headiness of the multiverse, the headiness of the Quantum Realm sorts itself out because you only need to understand that it’s a father-and-daughter story.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will also bring the Multiverse Saga’s big bad, Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), to the big screen. Seeing how 2025’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will rely heavily on Kang, the impact of the Ant-Man movie could be as big as any in the upcoming slate of MCU projects.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania premieres on 17 February 2023.