Despite being recently delayed, fans are eagerly awaiting Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Not only will the threequel offer another adventure for the Ant-Man family to undertake, but it will also reintroduce Kang the Conqueror who debuted in Loki over the summer.
Kang was thrust into the MCU as actor Jonathan Majors took on the persona of He Who Remains and aided in blowing open the multiverse alongside Loki and Sylvia.
While the Ant-Man films have been relatively small in the past (pun intended), the inclusion of this new timeline-conquering villain and a new hero in Cassie Lang make Quantumania look like it will be bigger than the previous entries in the pint-sized protagonist's line of films.
And now, one of Ant-Man 3's lead stars in Evangeline Lilly has offered some insight on that front, giving fans a tease of what to expect from the franchise threequel.
Evangeline Lilly Promises Something Big
While appearing on a recent episode of the Lights, Camera, Barstool podcast, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania star Evangeline Lilly promised that the upcoming threequel will have a "grander" breadth than the previous Ant-Man movies.
When asked about how the actress is feeling going into the project, she mentioned that, so far, the Ant-Man films have acted as smaller "stand-alone... sweet family pieces" that, for the most part, have operated "outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe mythology machine," whereas Quantumania is going to be something "grander:"
“So, Ant-Man, the brand, has always existed outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe mythology machine. So, we’ve had a lot of freedom to kind of come and go as we please, and like, make stories that are stand alone little pieces, sweet family pieces. And definitely the breadth of this one is... grander.”
Third Time's the Charm for Ant-Man
There was no doubt that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was going to do more than the first two installments; that was evident the second that Kang the Conqueror was announced as the antagonist of the upcoming threequel film. But Evangeline Lilly's claim that the movie will be "grander" do add some excitement to the molecular-level mix.
On the page, Kang has been seen as a tyrant of the multiverse, hopping from timeline to timeline in an effort to conquer here, there, and everywhere. So, by introducing such a concept to a line of projects that - relative to some other MCU titles - have kept things fairly low to the ground, audiences are going to get something a little more "grand" than what they've seen from Ant-Man so far.
As for what this means to the greater MCU canon, that much remains unclear. If rumors of Kang being set up as the next big bad for the franchise are to be believed, then this could be the movie that would act as that initiating incident, setting a slow-drip tale of revenge in motion for the villain.
Audiences will have to wait to find out exactly what the Wasp actress means with these quotes when Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania hits theaters on the newly announced date of July 28, 2023.