See Paul Rudd Go Full Star Wars In Revealing Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania Trailer

The Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania trailer has arrived, featuring fantastic visuals and Kang the Conqueror as the villain.

By Vic Medina | Published

Paul Rudd is back in action in the wild Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer, unleashing all sorts of dimension-hopping mayhem and featuring the new big-bad for Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film reunites the cast from 2018’s Ant-Man and The Wasp, including Evangeline Lilly (LOST) as Hope Van Dyne, Michael Douglas (Wall Street) as Dr. Hank Pym, and Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman Returns), and features a distinct Star Wars feel, from exotic alien-like creatures to flying ships and futuristic cities that look like they spilled over from George Lucas’ Prequel Trilogy.

The trailer opens with Scott Lang (Rudd) seemingly living a more peaceful life with Thanos dead, basking in the glory of his Ant-Man fame, although it’s clear not everyone recognizes him just yet. It isn’t long, however, before CGI mayhem ensues, in true Marvel fashion.

Kathryn Newton, who now plays an older, post-Snap Cassie Lang (Scott’s daughter), is seen showing off an invention that sends a signal into the Quantum Realm, which doesn’t sit well with Janet Van Dyne (Pfeiffer), Hope’s mother who only recently returned from the Realm after being lost there for decades. Activating the device was a bad idea, it seems, as Scott and Cassie and the rest of the gang are sucked into the “secret universe beneath ours,” as Janet describes it. As it turns out, there are things about the Quantum Realm that Janet hasn’t revealed, including Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), last seen in Loki and now sporting a more comic book-faithful look.

Jonathan Majors as Kang

It appears Kang has plans to leave the Quantum Realm, and shots of an assembling futuristic army (that looks a bit like the Clone Army from Star Wars) indicate he has his sights set on Earth. He is seen making Scott an offer, asking for his help, although it’s clear a veiled threat lies behind it.

It seems the Quantum Realm had a lot more going on than previously seen in other Ant-Man films. There are whole cities it appears, populated by people, creatures, and spaceship-like crafts. The Force is strong in the trailer, which isn’t a bad thing, as it evokes a Star Wars vibe without appearing too derivative.

Ant-Man 3 kicks off the Phase 5 cycle of Marvel Cinematic Universe films, which will include Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The Marvels, Captain America: New World Order, Thunderbolts, and Blade. Evangeline Lilly recently revealed that she thinks the film is the best of the Ant-Man trilogy, despite the challenges of having to shoot under severe COVID protocols.

Bill Murray is seen very briefly in the trailer as one of the inhabitants of the Quantum Realm, and his inclusion is surprising, considering the revelations of his on-set behavior. We do know that Murray’s character is villain, although it is likely a minor one, as the actor revealed this in an interview, also saying he had no interest in comic book movies, but did the role to work with director Peyton Reed.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is directed by Peyton Reed and is written by Jeff Loveness (Rick and Morty). It also stars Randall Park, reprising his role as Agent Jimmy Woo. It opens in theaters on February 17, 2023.