Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania landed in theaters Friday, beginning Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by sending out size-changing superhero Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and his household on an extreme, vibrant journey into the Quantum Realm. It’s the 3rd solo Ant-Man trip, the 31st MCU film total and has post-credits scenes that might blow your mind.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is a lot of fun, carried along by a charming gang of goofball heroes dropped into a weird and wonderful world to face a villain who’s big enough to change the entire franchise,” CNET’s Rich Knightwell composed in his evaluation. “The plot might not be anything innovative, but the trippy visuals and interesting themes prove that bigger isn’t always better.”
The mission puts Scott Lang in the crosshairs of Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), a time-traveling supervillain from the long run who’s been teased as the next significant threat to the Avengers. Let’s attempt to unwind the extra scenes and what they indicate for the MCU. Multiversal SPOILERS ahead.
Mid-credits: Council of Kangs
In the wake of this film’s Kang getting drawn into the malfunctioning multiversal engine core, a trio of Kang Variants talk about collecting their multiversal equivalents. Two of these people look like the ancient Egypt-judgment Rama-Tut and timeline-pruning Immortus as they appear in the comics, while the cyborg-looking person might be based upon the armored Scarlet Centurion.
They’re displeased that an Avenger eliminated Kang, whom they banished to the Quantum Realm, and that the heroes are touching the multiverse — probably a recommendation to the timeline tomfoolery of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and What If…?
“And if we let them, they will take everything we’ve built,” states the scratchy Immortus, who looks like the trio’s leader. “So let’s stop wasting time. We’re late.”
He keeps in mind that he called “all of us.” Their chamber opens to expose a huge arena filled with Variants — Kangs from branching timelines — of relatively unlimited characters and types, with much more showing up through time websites.
Seems Kang-tastic. What does this indicate?
Our heroes will deal with an army of Kangs who wish to control the multiverse. However, the Kang Variants we satisfied in the Loki season 1 ending and this film recommended that these people do not actually get along, most likely due to their megalomaniacal propensities, so any alliance is most likely to be unstable.
The very same holds true of the comic source product, where one Kang — Kang Prime — dealt with some Variants to remove their equivalents. He then eliminated those allies and changed them with robotic doppelgangers to guarantee his control over all timelines. It didn’t actually exercise for him however, due to the fact that plans that include ruling numerous truths tend to spiral out of control.
It’s most likely the very same will hold true of the MCU, however the reality that Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is set up for a May 2025 theatrical release recommends he (or they) will have some success. This film’s Kang might return, because the multiversal engine core might have spat him out someplace (or somewhen) else instead of eliminating him.
Post-credits: Loki’s hunt
We dive to the early 1900s, to discover our old pals Loki and Mobius (Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson) looking dapper as they go to the performance of one Victor Timely — a man who looks precisely like Kang.
“Time is everything,” states Timely, with supervillainous gravitas. “It shapes our lives, but perhaps we can shape it.”
Loki appears transfixed by this person, however Mobius is less than amazed.
“You made him sound like a terrifying figure,” the Time Variance Authority (TVA) representative states.
“He is,” Loki reacts.
Loki, hurray! Why is he in this?
When we last saw Loki in the season 1 ending of his self-titled Disney Plus program, his woman Variant Sylvie tossed him into a time portal and eliminated He Who Remains, a Kang Variant who handled the circulation of time and avoided any branches.
The timeline totalitarian’s death brought back the multiverse and He Who Remains’ own Variants, which were kept under control by his efforts, had the ability to run amok once again.
Loki wound up back in the dull workplaces of the TVA, where he attempted to caution Mobius about the danger of lots of Kangs.
“Someone is coming. Countless different versions of a very dangerous person,” he informs Mobius and business. “And they’re all set on war. We need to prepare.”
However, this variation of Mobius can’t keep in mind Loki. There’s likewise a statue of Kang using his comic outfit towering over the TVA — it appears the God of Mischief was sent out to a timeline in which the firm is managed by a Kang Variant that’s cool with letting the timeline branch.
This film’s post-credits scene recommends that he persuaded Mobius to join him in his hunt for Kang.
But why is Loki after Victor Timely?
It’s uncertain why Loki is searching this specific Kang Variant, however it’s possible he’s a variation of the character from earlier in his profession. He may attempt to stop the bad guy’s profession prior to it even begins.
Once once again, the upcoming film Avengers: The Kang Dynasty recommends it will not go efficiently. We’ll most likely learn more in Loki season 2, which is set up to strike Disney Plus this summertime.
In the comics, Victor Timely is an identity embraced by Kang Prime after he took a trip back to 1901 and developed the town of Timely, Wisconsin, as a safe house from which he might hatch his plans. He likewise seeded his futuristic innovation into all type of equipment, preparing to take control over it later on in the timeline. It likewise offered him a fundamental function in the advancement of the Marvel Universe.
The name is likewise a bit meta because the business we understand as Marvel Comics was developed as Timely Publications in 1939. It just began passing Marvel in the ’60s.
It’s possible that the MCU Timely is likewise this connection’s Kang Prime and concealed in a period where he can prepare acts of villainy long previously the Avengers exist to trouble him. That’d describe why Loki wants him.
This person might likewise be the very same Kang we satisfied in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (the end of the world left his fate uncertain) — it’d be more narratively pleasing if the variation of the character we hung around (ha) with ended up being Kang Prime.
Another wrinkle is that comic Kang might be a descendant of the Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic and archvillain Doctor Doom (in-universe records are fuzzy though). Since the superteam is set up to make its MCU launching in 2025, it may lean into this connection.
It’s kinda difficult to be sure what the handle all these Kangs is when they all have the very same face. At least it keeps the door open for Jonathan Majors’ MCU supremacy.
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