Will Ant-Man die in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania?

January 10, 2023
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Will Ant-Man die in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania? We discuss the highly anticipated MCU film and whether its main character will die.

Marvel has treated fans to an amazing trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, giving Kang a more villainous edge than the prior one released a few months ago. It also gives fans the first look at M.O.D.O.K in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), both a normal version and a more combat-orientated version. This film will be the first of Phase Five of the MCU, but it will have huge consequences going forward,

One of those huge consequences is about Ant-Man himself. He spends most of the trailer getting beaten by Kang, quite horrifically too. Fans are wondering if Ant-Man might get splattered like an ant by the time traveler, and if there is any chance we might see him again in the future.

Will Ant-Man die in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania?

Ant-Man is generally considered one of the lesser Avengers, mainly because of the hilarity of his name. But Paul Rudd’s interpretation of the character has made people appreciate and respect the character more. The films lean into the hilarity of the concept, but Quantumania looks like it will be much more serious in its tone.

This is because the film has the momentous task of setting up the next two phases of the MCU and introducing the next major villain, Kang. Quantumania has to show audiences why he is an Avengers-level threat and not just some nobody who can be taken out by Ant-Man.

One way that would be hugely shocking is if Kang not only defeated Ant-Man but killed him as well. Looking back to Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos murdered Loki in his first major scene, a similar beat that Marvel might want to repeat for Kang. While Kang might say to Ant-Man that he’s killed Avengers in different realities, simply telling the audience why he’s a threat isn’t enough. It would be hugely impactful if Kang murdered an Avenger on screen.

Scott Lang, Ant-Man’s name, has died in the comics before. In the first issue of the Avengers Disassembled comics storyline, Jack of Hearts explodes, killing Lang. While Lang’s death won’t play out the same way in the MCU, it has set the precedent that Ant-Man has died beforehand, and it’s a point that starts a downward spiral slide for the Avengers. His death in the MCU could trigger a similar spiral for the rest of the Avengers, allowing Kang to gain control.

Another reason why Ant-Man might die in the MCU is to motivate his daughter Cassie. In the comics, Scott’s death motivates Cassie to become a hero in her own right. After he dies, Cassie Lang goes on to join the Young Avengers, a beat that might play out in the MCU. Several members of the Young Avengers are already present, and it’s already confirmed that Cassie will become the hero Stature in the film.

Ant-Man death theories

So, if Ant-Man does die in Quantumania, how might it happen?

  • In the latest trailer, there are several shots of Kang beating Ant-Man to a pulp, smashing his helmet with his foot, and causing Ant-Man several facial injuries. It’s possible that Kang might simply beat Ant-Man to death, though that would be a violent and brutal end to a hero that’s typically used for comic relief.
  • The final shot of the trailer shows Kang unleashing beams of energy at something, possibly Ant-Man. Again, this would be something that shows Kang’s superior equipment and power, establishing his threat. It would also be less violent than Kang pummelling Ant-Man to death.
  • Some theories have suggested that Ant-Man might go crazy and get trapped in the Quantum Realm, something that nearly happened to Hank Pym in Ant-Man and the Wasp. This is unlikely though, as Ant-Man has already spent extended periods of time there, and has come out unscathed. While this might leave the door open for a possible return, it doesn’t quite show off the power of Kang in the same way.

Who will be the villain in Quantumania?

Quantumania will properly bring Kang the Conqueror into the MCU. While Jonathan Majors has already appeared as He Who Remains, a variant of Kang, in the Disney+ series Loki, Quantumania marks the first time he will appear in the role in a major way. He is a reoccurring villain since 1963 and has the power to time travel across the multiverse. Kang will be Marvel’s next big bad for their next set of films, and Majors will play different variants of the character in different films.

Kang’s real name is Nathaniel Richards, the father of Reed Richards of Fantastic Four fame. Although he is just a man, his equipment and the desire to dominate other realities are what make him dangerous.

Another villain is M.O.D.O.K or Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, who has been a villain since 1967. He is portrayed as a giant head with small arms and legs but is extremely dangerous. He has superhuman intelligence, allowing him to solve extremely complicated problems very quickly. His headband that he wears also lets him concentrate his supreme intelligence into a devastating beam. Because his legs are small in proportion to his head, he needs an exo-skeleton and a hoverchair to get about, which is equipped with a variety of missiles and lasers.

In the comics, M.O.D.O.K is George Tarleton, a former A.I.M (Advanced Idea Mechanics) scientist who was forcibly mutated into M.O.D.O.K by the company. While A.I.M has appeared in Iron Man 3, it’s not clear if they or Tarleton will play a part in M.O.D.O.K’s origins in the MCU. And while Kang will be a recurring character in future films, it’s unclear if M.O.D.O.K will be.

Is Quantumania the last Ant-Man movie?

Quantumania will be actor Paul Rudd’s sixth film in the MCU, begging the question if he will return to the franchise after the film. In 2015,  Marvel head Kevin Feige revealed that Rudd had signed a “three-plus-plus” contract with the studio. While it’s not exactly clear what that means, Rudd himself might be acting on borrowed time.

Marvel hasn’t announced any more Ant-Man films before the conclusion of The Multiverse Saga, and it’s not clear where Ant-Man might pop up again in the future. But the studio notoriously keeps a tight lip on future plans, so Ant-Man might make a surprise appearance in the future yet. Anything is possible with multiverses and time travel.

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