Scott Lang has been in the MCU for years, and while he has played a lesser role so far, Quantumania will throw Ant-Man into the limelight of Phase 5.
Ant-Man has always played a smaller role in the MCU, the list of movies to watch before Quantumania is quite short, but there’s always questions to answer in the MCU!
Kang will be the main villain in Quantumania, although not the same Kang we saw in Loki Season 1. Jonathan Majors returns as Kang, but he will be playing the MCU’s version of Kang, instead of the variant Kang seen in Loki.
Without further ado, let’s jump into some fun facts about Ant-Man! Be warned this article will contain minor spoilers from Ant-Man 1 and 2.
Why did the MCU choose Scott Lang instead of Hank Pym?
This is an interesting one, but the first Ant-Man gives us the answer. Hank Pym is Ant-Man in the MCU, but for a period of time that occurs off screen. In both Ant-Man movies, we get glimpses of Hank Pym as Ant-Man, but nothing lengthy. Both characters were Ant-Man in the comics as well, but the direction of the MCU in 2015 shows perfectly why Scott was written as Ant-Man.
Guardians is one of the funniest MCU movies, but it was also the only light hearted movie as of 2015. The MCU was in need of some light-hearted, feel good or funny stories to go along with the array of awesome, action packed movies they had built. Hank Pym is a much darker, dismal character, and his role in the MCU only reinforces this. Had the MCU cast Pym as Ant-Man, the movies would not have been as funny or light hearted, and the movies wouldn’t have been such a pace change compared the rest of the MCU.
Scott Lang as Ant-Man is much lighter tale, more of an underdog story, truly the “little-guy”. Pair that with Paul Rudd and you get a really solid set of movies. I know both Ant-Mans fan on many peoples “Skip” list, but they are funny, enjoyable movies to watch.
What is Ant-Man’s Weakness?
His biggest strength is also his biggest weakness. As seen on two occasions, giant Ant-Man is pretty awesome. Scott Lang becoming 65 feet tall with some incredible strength is pretty cool, but this large size is also where his biggest weakness comes out. Once becoming giant-sized, Ant-Man is wiped of energy and usually collapses in a heap. As this is the MCU we are talking about, a 65 foot man doing a trust fall while nearly unconscious never ends well. He is also very, very unstable as a giant. Scott Lang is not known for this agility or athleticism, but it gets much worse when he enlarges. The size increase decreases everyone of his attributes except strength, making him much slower. For a character that is pretty simple, Ant-Man’s biggest weakness has to be giant-mode.
Why is it not Hope Pym?
After losing his wife, Hank Pym went into an obsessive state, trying to find answers to get Jannet back. Unfortunately, this led to him shutting the rest of the world out, include his daughter Hope. While Hope was alienated from her father for many years, she decided to change her last name back to Van Dyne to honour her mother and to spite Hank. I’m split on if Hope will change her last name back in Quantumania, but I don’t see it happening as long as Janet remains a Van Dyne.
Who is the Main Villain in Quantumania?
As mentioned above, Kang the Conqueror is going to be the main antagonist in Quantumania. It’s also assumed he is going to be very involved in the rest of Phase 5, with the upcoming Avengers Movie being title Kang Dynasty. Kang is played by Jonathan Majors and has often fought the Avengers and the Fantastic Four in the comics. He often created variants of himself as he travelled across time to conquer worlds, and it would not be surprising to see Kang from Loki meet Kang from Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.