As a new year begins, Marvel Phase Five also starts anew with Scott Lang’s threequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania in the lead this coming February. Apart from the official introduction of the new Thanos in the MCU, Kang the Conqueror, Kevin Feige reveals the reason behind choosing Ant-Man in opening Marvel Phase Five.
There is no question that Ant-Man 3 writer Jeff Loveness and director Peyton Reed had been concerned about the effect of the Ant-Man franchise, particularly because the films had always been treated as a “cleansing palate” before the Avengers films arrive. However, in a recent interview with Empire, Feige speaks upon the concern by agreeing that the Scott Lang-led films deserve to open the new phase. Check out the Marvel boss’ full comment below:
“We wanted to kick off Phase Five with Ant-Man,” Feige said, explaining that the hero had earned his place, “Because he’d earned that position. To not simply be the back-up or the comic relief, but to take his position at the front of the podium of the MCU.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is already teased to be an Avengers-level film. Apart from Kang’s introduction, previously, Ant-Man 3 producer Stephen Broussard openly compared the impact of Captain America: Civil War versus the threequel’s outcome: “We really liked the idea of making this Ant-Man film as important and as integral to the MCU going forward.” What do you think of an Avengers-level film for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania?
The early Marvel Phases (One to Four) had always opened up with its main heroes from the Avengers, such as Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow, so seeing Ant-Man become the face of Marvel Phase Five already indicates a change of pace as well as the overall introduction of a new era for the MCU.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will premiere in theaters on February 17. You can check out more details about it here.