By Kieran Burt.
After debuting at D23 and then leaking online, the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania teaser trailer has finally arrived. It reveals the main premise for the film, along with a brief first look at a new variant of Kang the Conqueror.
Opening on an upbeat note, Scott Lang is living the life as an Avenger. This is quite the turnaround for Scott, as he notes he is used to finding himself on the wrong side of the law. In both Ant-Man films prior to this, Scott has been on the run from the law.
Now, he’s living it up, being named employee of the century at the Baskin-Robbins he worked at during the first film, high-fiving people in the street and attending red carpet events with his girlfriend, Hope van Dyne. The little guy has gone big. Though people hilariously mistake him for Spider-man.
Scott’s daughter, Cassie Lang, desperately wants to help with Scott’s superheroing, and so they build a quantum satellite, to send a signal to the Quantum Realm. Janet Van Dyne, demands they turn it off, but before they can everyone is sucked into the Quantum Realm.
Getting home is the premise of the film, but it seems they might bring something back with them that they don’t want to. Hank Pym makes a brief appearance here, looking a lot more casual than in previous films. Perhaps he’s retired to live with his wife.
The Quantum Realm is shown off a lot in this segment, looking both fantastical and horrifying in places. With the music in the background of the trailer, it gives off a feeling very much like the Guardians of the Galaxy films. A couple of new and dangerous looking beings show up, including one that has what looks to be a huge light for its head, and a terrifying alien bug that tries to eat what looks like Janet.
Janet Van Dyne is afraid of something in the Quantum Realm, which is understandable as she’s been trapped here previously, so will know some of its secrets. There is one that will come to light in this film, with Janet admitting that she never told her family something. Audiences can only guess what it is at this point, but it’s unlikely to be Kang. His variants were unleashed during Loki, which is set much later than when Janet was trapped in the quantum realm.
Fans get a great look at what is probably Chronopolis, Kang’s home in the comic books. It seems to be quite the militarised society, with legions of men and ships building up in a large space. This army seems to belong to Kang, appearing in the same blue that he wears. He later captures Ant-Man, but offers him help to get home. This is definitely a trap.
Bill Murray gets to appear in the trailer. His appearance in the film was confirmed some time ago, but his role hasn’t been announced and the trailer doesn’t give any clues either. Another reveal we get is a brief shot of Cassie Lang suiting up as Stature (or Stinger).
Kang continues his monologue, stating not only can he get our heroes home, but give them more time. And the need for this becomes abundantly clear, as Scott wisps away in one of the shots. Something or someone has put a time limit on the heroes.
Two brilliant shots of Kang close out the trailer, with the first showing him in his comic book accurate helmet, and the second featuring him in his armor. Jonathan Majors will do a great job with Kang, just in this trailer alone he has added much more menace to the character, far different from his more humorous take in Loki. It’s been confirmed that Majors will play different variants of Kang in each new project, and that’s definitely felt here.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will star Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang/Stature/Stinger. Jonathan Majors will be Kang the Conqueror. The film will be released on February 17 2023.