‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ Trailer Breakdown


The Return of Corey Stoll’s Darren Cross (Yellowjacket) as M.O.D.O.K.

The trailer features two very brief glimpses of the popular Marvel comics villain M.O.D.O.K., one of which features his face on display. Eagle-eyed fans will instantly recognize this to be the face of American actor Corey Stoll, who portrayed Marvel character Darren Cross, the villain known as Yellowjacket who antagonized Ant-Man in his freshman film and was last seen having his limbs shrunken into maligned proportions before disappearing into the Quantum Realm. This will likely explain Cross’s bizarre biology (a giant head with tiny limbs).

Despite the numerous attempts to bring M.O.D.O.K. to the screen in the MCU over the years, whether it be Zach McGowan’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. character being transformed into the giant-headed character before Marvel’s change in plans canned the storyline, or Keith David’s character in the canceled New Warriors show, it seems Marvel have at long-last brought the fan-favorite character to live-action.

A number of rumors circulated that M.O.D.O.K. would be played by several actors in this film, with some suggesting Jim Carrey would play the character, and others claiming Toby Jones would become M.O.D.O.K. in a strange Arnim Zola-M.O.D.O.K. hybrid. Regardless, it seems an actor has been settled on, MCU alum Corey Stoll.

M.O.D.O.K.’s Comics Upgrade

The trailer exhibits a new version of M.O.D.O.K.’s character similar, but different to the comic/animation variations we’ve seen, one with an armoured faceplate resembling M.O.D.O.K.’s comic-accurate face and an arsenal that comes equipped with various ray guns. Regardless of these changes, M.O.D.O.K. does still feature his infamous psionic ability-focusing crystal, which sits above his face. Fans of Marvel’s Avengers game will be very familiar with this, as it was one of the main targets to defeat the villain in the final fight.

Exploring Chronopolis (Kang’s City)

Kang’s line “You will bring me what I need” after offering to alter time for Scott implies Kang needs an item to power the time-wielding abilities he’s famous for. In the comics, Kang’s city sits on the precipice of all time and can alter any point in the timestream, but this is powered by an item known as the Heart of Forever/Forever Crystal.

Judging from the previous trailer, it seems Marvel will faithfully adapt this aspect of Kang’s lore from the comics, as this shot seems to display Kang placing the Forever Crystal into a placement that appears visible by the side of his Time Chair.

With a new Kang variant taking centre stage and coming equipped with a different form of time manipulation, we are left with a series of questions that the trailers have not answered: How will this fit into Loki Season One’s ending and impact the upcoming season? Is this the same Kang that was displayed as a statue in the TVA’s headquarters? Will the TVA feature in any capacity in this film? These are questions yet to be answered but will become essential when fleshing out the Multiverse Saga. Based on the trailer’s feature of Ant-Man variants and the tagline “Witness the Rise of a New Dynasty”, it is suggested that Kang variants will be present in some capacity in this feature.

The Collapse of the Quantum Realm

The trailer’s climax seems to indicate the impending battle results in either the destruction of Chronopolis or the collapse of the Quantum Realm as a whole. With the Quantum Realm’s timeline-traveling abilities, its liquidation could result in cataclysmic effects for the multiverse as a whole, potentially causing several “incursion” events (a concept introduced in the MCU in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and present in 2015’s ‘Secret Wars’ comic storyline), which may lead directly into Avengers: Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars. Regardless of the cause of this explosion within Chronopolis, the resulting effect will likely be fatal for the health of the multiverse.

Janet’s History With Kang

Based on Janet’s line in the previous trailer: “there’s something I never told you”, and her knowledge of Kang’s abilities to “rewrite existence” and “shatter timelines” in this trailer, as well as her claim that “[Scott] cannot trust him”, we are led to believe that Janet encountered Kang during her decades spent in the Quantum Realm, an encounter which must have gone awry, judging by her panic at Cassie sending a signal into the Quantum Realm.

These lines almost guarantee that we will revisit Janet’s past and her time in the Quantum Realm in this movie, something which has barely been touched upon in the previous two outings of the trilogy. This possibility is something that fans will hold in high anticipation in the weeks leading up to the film’s release.

Final Thoughts

Ant-Man: Quantumania has a lot of firsts for Marvel fans, introducing both characters and concepts long-awaited, whether it be Kang, M.O.D.O.K., Chronopolis, or even the Time Chair. With a trailer that promises action, intricate storylines, and more interconnectivity (that viewers have clamored for after the end of Phase 4), fans are in no doubt this installment will change the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever.

Ant-Man: Quantumania Hits the Big Screen on February 17. Tickets are now available worldwide.

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