The big questions that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania leaves us about the future of Marvel


Warning: This article contains spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe to date.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has arrived to kick off Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and bring Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror to the big screen for the first (but certainly not the last) time. However, there is something that has not changed compared to the previous MCU movies. We continue to have a lot of questions about the thorniest moments of the sequel. It is normal when 90% of the film takes place in a microscopic universe.

From the most baffling Quantumania decisions with Kang and Janet to the floating oddity that is MODOK, let’s dive into the biggest unanswered questions surrounding the new movie.

Who is the protagonist of Quantumania?

It’s becoming a frustrating hallmark of many recent Marvel movies that they don’t seem to know which character should be the main focus. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is basically a Scarlet Witch movie in all but name. In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Shuri’s story is often overshadowed by characters like Queen Ramonda and Namor.

Quantumania is no different. The title may say “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” but neither character really feels like the lead. In fact, the Wasp hardly does anything in the film, and even Scott only experiences an approximation of a story arc. This sequel is much more interested in characters like Kang and Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet Van Dyne. Janet almost feels like the true leading lady in the first half of the film, before being relegated to the background in the second half. This last half focuses almost entirely on Kang. At some point, we have to wonder why Marvel made a third Ant-Man movie when clearly what they wanted was an origin story for Kang.

Why couldn’t Kang discover the Pym particles?

Quantumania presents Kang as the greatest threat to the multiverse. In fact, he is so dangerous that his other selves of him in the Council of Timeless Kangs exiled him to the Quantum Realm. If he is left to his own devices, the Conqueror would enslave all of existence. But it seems, all you have to do to stop Kang is steal his fuel source.

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Why did it take so long for Kang to repair his ship? We learned that the Pym Particles were the key to recharging the engine and allowing Kang to escape from the Quantum Realm. But no matter how advanced the technology of the Pym particles is, Shouldn’t that be child’s play for a guy from the 31st century? Why was Kang at a loss until Janet lent her Pym Particle expertise to the problem? Shouldn’t she have benefited from a thousand more years of scientific progress and knowledge? Has he spent too much of his life conquering and not enough understanding the science behind his incredible ship?

Where the hell are Kurt, Luis and the others?

In a way, Quantumania is a strange continuation of the previous two Ant-Man movies. Many of the supporting characters we know and love have disappeared this time around.. Randall Park’s Jimmy Woo appears in a split-second cameo, and David Dastmalchian plays an entirely different character here, voicing Veb, the resident of the Quantum Realm. But that leaves out a lot of wonderful characters. We don’t have a hilarious recap of the previous movies, courtesy of Michael Peña’s Luis. Luis’s classmates, Kurt and Dave, are nowhere to be found. The same goes for Judy Greer’s Maggie and Bobby Canavale’s Jim.

The obvious answer is that these characters were left out because Quantumania spends very little time in the real world. Still, it can be argued that Quantumania would have been a better movie if there had been more scenes outside of the quantum realm. There had to be some way to include Kurt and Luis in the movie. Why not give them at least one of the post-credit scenes?

Why didn’t Janet talk about Kang?

It can be frustrating when a movie’s conflict is caused by a character having knowledge they choose not to share with the rest of the group. That is what happens in Quantumania, when Janet doesn’t warn her family about Kang until it’s too late. and they all get trapped in the Quantum Realm with a genocidal time traveler.

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we still don’t know why Janet was so determined not to tell her family what had happened with Kang. Although it is hinted in the film that he feels guilty for releasing a monster, in the end we learn that he turned on Kang as soon as he discovered his true nature. What does he really have to hide? Why did Bill Murray’s Krylar accuse her of causing such great devastation if all he did was inadvertently help a mass murderer jump-start her car? And why not inform the Avengers that a potential disaster is brewing in another dimension?

In fact, Why didn’t Janet speak at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp, when they were preparing to send Scott to the Quantum Realm? Wouldn’t she have wanted to warn Scott of what was in store for him? (It’s probably safe to assume Marvel didn’t have Kang in mind when they were wrapping up the second movie, but still.)

Why does time pass normally in the quantum realm?

We know from previous Marvel movies that time passes differently in the Quantum Realm. It’s a completely separate plane of reality from our own, and if you know how to navigate it, you can unlock the power of time travel. The last time Scott traveled to the Quantum Realm, he was away for a few hours from his perspective, but in the real world it had been five years.

So, Why does that rule only seem to hold sometimes? Our heroes spend most of the events of Quantumania in the quantum realm, but there’s no indication that time has passed in the real world. Even after Scott and Hope get stranded at the end of the film, time in the quantum realm and time in the real world seem to go hand in hand as Cassie calculates her rescue attempt. And that’s not to mention Janet, who seems to have aged 30 years in the Quantum Realm while in the real world she’s been missing for 30 years.

It seems that time works the same in both dimensions, except when the plot demands otherwise.

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Why is MODOK in the movie?

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Lately everything revolves around MODOK. This iconic villain has recently starred in his own animated series and has been the main villain of the Marvel’s Avengers video game. And now he’s just made his live-action debut in Quantumania. But this raises an important question: because?

It’s not that we don’t like this big-headed villain or that we think he has no place in the MCU. But, why introduce MODOK only to treat him as a glorified sidekick to another villain? Quantumania takes the MODOK acronym too literally. Sure he’s good at killing, but his true power comes from his prodigious brain. He should call the shots, not act as Kang’s comically inept personal assassin.

This wouldn’t be so bad if Quantumania hadn’t set out to kill Darren Cross and ensure that we would not see MODOK again in the future. So much to have MODOK rebuild AIM and headline an Avengers or Captain America movie…

Why should the Avengers fear Kang?

Marvel has a lot of confidence in their new big bad.

Quantumania makes a concerted effort to position Kang as a formidable threat. He alludes to having fought the Avengers many times in the past, to the point that he doesn’t even remember all the heroes he’s killed. At one point he mistakes Ant-Man for Thor, but later seems to know all of Scott’s history. Bad script, or is Kang being a cheater?

Be that as it may, if we believe everything, we are facing a villain that surpasses even the powerful Thanos.

But is it just exaggeration? Of course, Quantumania climax doesn’t make Kang an Avengers-level threat. A group of brave rebels and super-intelligent ants tear apart the massive army they’ve been amassing for decades. Ultimately, Kang fails to defeat Ant-Man in a head-to-head fight, suggesting once again that 21st century technology is somehow beyond his comprehension. The Avengers may have a tougher fight when they face all the Kangs, but one Kang isn’t quite the challenge expected.

Why does Scott think Kang is dead?

Kang may have been soundly defeated by Scott in their final battle, but we highly doubt this villain is truly dead, despite what the Council of Timeless Kangs seems to think. And frankly we’re not sure why Scott has managed to convince himself that Kang is gone.

Kang’s “death” occurs when Scott’s shrink technology causes him to disappear. Except we just learned that Darren Cross survived the exact same kind of disaster in the first movie. Why would Kang be any different? Rather than being dead, it seems more likely that Kang was transported to whatever dimension exists under the Quantum Realm. Scott is right to be plagued with doubt at the end. It almost certainly won’t be the last time we see the Conqueror in the MCU.

And by almost certainly, we mean definitely, since The next Avengers movie is called The Kang Dynasty..

For more on Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, check out the finale breakdown on IGN.