The first movie in Marvel’s Phase 5 is all set to premiere in February. The second sequel to its first part, Ant-Man (2015) premiered in Los Angeles on February 6, 2023, and will be released in other regions of the United States on February 17, 2023.
The first part of the series, “Ant-Man” (2015) grossed more than $519 million worldwide, whereas the marvel movie earned around $217 million in Northern America only. “Ant-Man (2015) is the final movie in Marvel’s phase two collection. The movie also generated the least gross compared with the other projects in Phase Two.
Whereas “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018), which is also a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase three, generated around $622.7 million at the box office against a budget of $130-$190 million. The film witnessed a 33% improvement over the first film’s debut in the opening weekend.
In this article apart from its release date, some of the important aspects such as the cast of the movie, storylines, and fan theories of the movie will be discussed below.
The History Of The Movie
The co-creator Stan Lee pitched the idea for the movie in the late 1980s. However, at the time a similar concept was being made hence the production of the movie was yet to be decided.
In 2004, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish pitched the film to Marvel Studios and its Head of Production, Kevin Feige. After reviewing the draft, in April 2006, Marvel hired Wright to direct and co-write Ant-Man.
Throughout the years the film underwent a series of changes to interlink the connections between the characters of the movie.
Since Ant-Man was not a bigger character in the Marvel universe, it didn’t have a deadline to submit the plot. After many delays, finally Ant-Man went into Production in 2013 and was later released in 2015.
The Marvel Universe confirmed its sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) in October 2015, after it witnessed the massive success of its first film at the box office. Peyton Reed was also excited to work with its sequel as he felt that there was more to tell in the story of Ant-Man.
Reed anticipated exploring the untouched elements in the movie, such as the past of Hank Pym, his Wife, and daughter, as well as Quantum Reality.
After brainstorming sessions, they came up with the idea to present the giant version of Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War (2016). In 2017, filming began after the initial script was completed, and later the visual development.
The Story So Far
Is about Dr. Hank Pym, a scientist who quit working in S.H.I.E.L.D. after he discovered their failed attempt to replicate their shrinking technology.
Ever since then, he has assured to hide the technology, believing it would be dangerous. Fast forward to the present; Hank Pym was forced to leave his company after his daughter Hope Van Dyne and Darren took over the company.
Meanwhile, Scott Lang was released from prison and was looking for a clean job to afford his daughter. However, he was invited to a heist by his partner Luis which was a plan by Pym and Hope to steal the suit from Darren Cross and train him to become Ant-Man to destroy the Yellowjacket.
In the attempt to destroy Yellowjacket, Scott shrunk the yellowjacket into nothing by shrinking it into a sub-atomic size, which led him to be trapped in the quantum realm. However, he could rewrite the suit when he started to hear Cassie’s voice.
This opens Hank’s mind regarding her long-lost wife and whether she is alive somewhere in the Quantum Realm after turning into subatomic size in an attempt to disable a soviet missile.
In its sequel, Hank and Hope discover a method to open a tunnel to the Quantum Realm in the hope of finding his wife, Janet van Dyne. Meanwhile, Lang was under house arrest after he violated the Sokovia Accords.
Despite the situation, Hank and Hope kidnap Lang for another mission into the quantum realm in the hope of finding Janet after she sent a message of her precise location.
In between, they were encountered by Ava, who is unstable, after his father Eli failed an experiment that caused her state.
After a series of events, Pym could retract Janet from the Quantum Realm; Janet Voluntarily gave some of her energy to Ava to temporarily stabilize her.
Expectations And Reactions Of The Fans
As Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania heads for the theatrical release in mid-February, many Marvel Universe fans are excited for the start of Marvel’s fifth phase which also will be generating some new superheroes who haven’t featured in the earlier phases.
Positive critics have been appearing on Twitter. Eric Davis tweeted that “Phase 5 has begun! The new #AntMan movie is like a psychedelic rollercoaster full of frightening & hilarious oddities, plus one VERY menacing Kang. Big star wars vibes meet the MCU at its freakiest & most inventive. MODOK is a riot, but Jonathan Majors conquers. Loved the ride!”
Several other movie critics have posted promising reviews regarding the release of the third part of the Ant-Man series.
Cast And Crew
In the third part of the series, several characters reprise their roles. Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, Evangeline Lily as Hope Van Dyne, and the Wasp, Luis as Michael Pena. a new face in the movie is the A-rated Villian Kang, the Conqueror played by Jonathan Majors.
Other notable characters include;
- Kathyrn Newton as Cassie Lang
- Bill Murray as Lord Krylar
- Corey Stoll as MODOK
- Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne.
- Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pymm.
Speculated Plot (Warning)
It’s assumed that the fans will witness a world inside Quantum Reality where Janet was trapped for 30 long years. Where several variants are designed for different purposes and remain in the Quantum Realm. One among them is Kang the conqueror, who claims to have killed the avengers several times.
Janet could be the reason why Kang is trapped inside the realm after she destroys the core powering station of the ship that helps Kang to travel any timeline. It is believed that in the third part, Kang seeks the help of Pym to come out from the realm and also seeks revenge for what Janet did. Kang is also assumed to be the one who created TVA, which was shown in the first season of Loki.
The plot speculated that both the Pym families and Lang entered into the quantum realm with the help of Cassie’s device and got lost in the quantum realm.
Which led to fights with Kang. Kang survives in the fight and successfully prevents the escape Scott from the Quantum realm where all others successfully escape.
However, hope returns to help Scott. Meanwhile, Kang beats the out of Scott Lang. In the attempt to help Scott, both Scott, and Hope get trapped while Hank survives from the quantum realm. And that’s the end of the story.
The much-awaited movie will officially premiere on 17 February 2023 and will feature one of the notorious villains fans are going to witness in phase five of the Marel, Kang the conqueror.
Moreover, the movie will also explore possible quantum realm universes, which will be the first time since the production of its first part.
As the movie has already been released in Los Angeles, reviews indicate that the plot is well written and directed as it gives thrills and excitement to the fans. The new variants in the movie are astonishing as we have also seen from its trailer.
Since the movie is yet to be released, fan theories as piling up as many have been suggesting possible exploration of the sequences that could lead to a much bigger impact on the Marvel universe.