Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will officially kick off the MCU’s Phase 5 this week. As of the moment, early reactions from critics don’t look promising. Despite the divided comments, MCU fans are still looking forward to seeing Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) battle Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) as they find their way home from the quantum realm.
The quantum realm has been introduced in the MCU before, but this would be the first time that everyone would be able to see and understand more of it. Ant-Man 3 is expected to delve into this aspect, and producer Stephen Broussard recently discussed with SlashFilm how Marvel took inspiration from Jurassic Park and The Wizard of Oz to be able to express the idea of being a stranger in a strange land.
“They're all strangers in a strange land. They don't know what the Quantum Realm is, except for Janet. They're having to be educated on what's down there, and the weird rules and the unique types of people and species and aliens and all these things they're meeting down there, and they're also catching up on who [Kang] is.” said Broussard.
He continued, “We talked about 'Jurassic Park,' getting caught in the park. Or 'Wizard of Oz,' obviously, looms large over any conversations like that. That's an interesting 'stranger in a strange land' structure. And I think being with those characters helps balance those different elements, to your point.”
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As the starting point of Marvel’s Phase 5, Ant-Man 3 will play a crucial role in setting the tone of the Multiverse Saga. With that, Broussard thought that he owed it to the audience to allow them to get the full gist of the Quantumania lore.
“We sort of dipped our toe into the Quantum Realm in the first couple of movies. But we owed the audience, I think, this explanation of what the hell was Janet van Dyne doing in the Quantum Realm for 30 years. She wasn't just wandering around this void with a walking cane for 30 years. She had a whole, full life down there.” he explained.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quatumania will begin showing in worldwide cinemas on February 17, 2023.
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