Ant-Man Actor Rumored to Return as Surprising New MCU Villain

By Richard Nebens Updated:
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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is quickly turning into one of Marvel Studios’ most impactful Phase 4 stories, although it’s still more than 18 months from debuting to the public. Following up on Scott Lang’s adventures from 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, the threequel will throw Paul Rudd’s hero into an intense story featuring the Quantum Realm and more powerful villains than ever before.

Of course, leading the way on the villain front will be Jonathan Majors, who will deliver his first full take on Kang the Conqueror after giving fans a tease of his upcoming impact in the Loki Season 1 finale. He will also have extra backup in the MCU’s take on MODOK, which The Direct exclusively reported, although his specific plotline is still a mystery.

It’s long been questioned who would play MODOK in his MCU debut after future Eternals star Patton Oswalt campaigned for the role, and rumors pointed to comedy legend Jim Carrey providing his hilarious take on the villain.

Now, new rumors are pointing in a completely different direction with someone that has already seen action in a past MCU movie.

Ant-Man Star Back for Quantumania

YellowJacket, Darren Cross

Geeks WorldWide reported that Corey Stoll will be returning to the MCU to voice the role of MODOK in 2023's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

This comes after The Direct exclusively reported that MODOK would play a major role in the threequel, and this marks Stoll's second role in the franchise after playing Darren Cross/Yellowjacket in 2015's Ant-Man.

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Yellowjacket & MODOK Connected in Ant-Man 3?

Knowing that MODOK is making his MCU debut in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was simple enough, as it just brings an exciting new villain into the fold along with a new major Hollywood player taking on the role. Now, the news that he'll be played by someone who's already had a role in this same franchise makes things that much more interesting.

Corey Stoll first came into the MCU as Pym Tech CEO Darren Cross, who forcefully took over Hank Pym's company before developing the Yellowjacket suit and trying to bury Pym for good in 2015's Ant-Man. Scott Lang defeated Cross as Ant-Man by shrinking between the molecules in Cross's suit to destroy his tech, thereby forcing the villain to seemingly shrink out of existence.

With MODOK being a strangely-shaped robot with a massive face in the comics, it seems most likely that this is the form he will take when he comes to the big screen in the MCU. Taking this into account, Stoll may only be providing his voice for this role instead of appearing on camera himself, although there's still a small chance his two roles could be connected in some form.

This also follows up on comments made by Stoll himself this summer, who notably avoided comment on his potential return to the MCU. Co-star Evangeline Lilly added to this fire by using Stoll's name as a hashtag in one of her first posts confirming that she had her first script for Quantumania, although it was unclear what that meant at the time.

Regardless of what happens, Stoll will be the next MCU star to play two roles in the franchise, following stars like Paul Bettany (JARVIS/Vision) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange/Dormammu). How MODOK makes his presence felt in Quantumania is still a mystery, but it will be exciting in itself to have Stoll back in a new villainous role.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has completed filming and will release in theaters on July 28, 2023.

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- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.