When it hit theaters on Feb. 17, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania kicked off Section 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sending Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and his household on a trippy journey into the Quantum Realm. That is the third solo Ant-Man outing and the thirty first MCU film total, and it has post-credits scenes that’ll blow your thoughts. It is presently unclear when the film will arrive on Disney Plus.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is loads of enjoyable, carried alongside by an enthralling gang of goofball heroes dropped right into a bizarre and great world to face a villain who’s large enough to vary the whole franchise,” ClassyBuzz’s Wealthy Knightwell wrote in his assessment. “The plot won’t be something revolutionary, however the trippy visuals and attention-grabbing themes show that greater is not at all times higher.”
The search places Scott Lang in the crosshairs of Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), a time-traveling supervillain from the distant future who’s been teased as the subsequent main hazard to the Avengers. Let’s attempt to unravel the further scenes and what they imply for the MCU. Multiversal SPOILERS forward.
Mid-credits: Council of Kangs
In the wake of this film’s Kang getting sucked into the malfunctioning multiversal engine core, a trio of Kang Variants focus on gathering their multiversal counterparts. Two of those guys resemble the historic Egypt-ruling Rama-Tut and timeline-pruning Immortus as they seem in the comics, whereas the cyborg-looking man could also be based mostly on the armored Scarlet Centurion.
They’re displeased that an Avenger killed Kang, whom they exiled to the Quantum Realm, and that the heroes are touching the multiverse — presumably a reference to the timeline tomfoolery of Spider-Man: No Manner Residence, Physician Unusual in the Multiverse of Insanity and What If…?
“And if we allow them to, they are going to take all the things we have constructed,” says the raspy Immortus, who looks like the trio’s chief. “So let’s cease losing time. We’re late.”
He notes that he known as “all of us.” Their chamber opens as much as reveal an enormous enviornment stuffed with Variants — Kangs from branching timelines — of seemingly infinite temperaments and species, with much more arriving by way of time portals.
Appears Kang-tastic. What does this imply?
Our heroes will face a military of Kangs who wish to dominate the multiverse. Nonetheless, the Kang Variants we met in the Loki season 1 finale and this film steered that these guys do not actually get alongside, probably as a result of their megalomaniacal tendencies, so any alliance is more likely to be shaky.
Kang’s goal, in a nutshell. Glorious supervillain pose too.
The identical is true of the comic source material, the place one Kang — Kang Prime — labored with some Variants to get rid of their counterparts. He then killed these allies and changed them with robotic doppelgangers to make sure his management over all timelines. It did not actually work out for him although, as a result of schemes that contain ruling a number of realities are likely to spiral uncontrolled.
It is probably the similar will probably be true of the MCU, however the incontrovertible fact that Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is scheduled for a Could 2025 theatrical launch suggests he (or they) could have some success. This film’s Kang could return, since the multiversal engine core may have spat him out someplace (or somewhen) else somewhat than killing him.
Put up-credits: Loki’s hunt
We soar to the early 1900s, to seek out our outdated buddies Loki and Mobius (Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson) trying dapper as they attend the stage present of 1 Victor Well timed — a man who appears precisely like Kang.
“Time is all the things,” says Well timed, with supervillainous gravitas. “It shapes our lives, however maybe we are able to form it.”
Loki appears transfixed by this man, however Mobius is lower than impressed.
“You made him sound like a terrifying determine,” the Time Variance Authority (TVA) agent says.
“He’s,” Loki responds.
Loki, hurray! Why is he on this?
Once we final noticed Loki in the season 1 finale of his self-titled Disney Plus present, his feminine Variant Sylvie threw him right into a time portal and killed He Who Stays, a Kang Variant who managed the move of time and prevented any branches.
He Who Stays wasn’t mendacity about being nicer than his Variants.
The timeline dictator’s demise restored the multiverse and He Who Stays’ personal Variants, which have been saved beneath management by his efforts, have been capable of run amok once more.
Loki ended up again in the drab workplaces of the TVA, the place he tried to warn Mobius about the risk of many Kangs.
“Somebody is coming. Numerous completely different variations of a really harmful particular person,” he tells Mobius and firm. “And so they’re all set on battle. We have to put together.”
Loki has apparently satisfied Mobius to hitch him in chasing Kang.
Nonetheless, this model of Mobius cannot bear in mind Loki. There’s additionally a statue of Kang carrying his comedian costume towering over the TVA — it appears the God of Mischief was despatched to a timeline through which the company is managed by a Kang Variant that is cool with letting the timeline department.
This film’s post-credits scene means that he satisfied Mobius to hitch him in his hunt for Kang.
However why is Loki after Victor Well timed?
It is unclear why Loki is searching this explicit Kang Variant, nevertheless it’s doable he is a model of the character from earlier in his profession. He may attempt to cease the villain’s profession earlier than it even will get began.
As soon as once more, the upcoming film Avengers: The Kang Dynasty suggests it will not go easily. We’ll probably discover out extra in Loki season 2, which is scheduled to hit Disney Plus this summer time.
Nice go well with, however Kang nonetheless offers off main supervillain vibes in his Victory Well timed persona. It is in all probability the puppet grasp pose.
In the comics, Victor Well timed is an identity adopted by Kang Prime after he traveled again to 1901 and established the city of Well timed, Wisconsin, as a protected haven from which he may hatch his schemes. He additionally seeded his futuristic know-how into every kind of equipment, planning to grab management over it later in the timeline. It additionally gave him a foundational position in the growth of the Marvel Universe.
The title can also be a bit meta since the firm we all know as Marvel Comics was established as Timely Publications in 1939. It solely began going by Marvel in the ’60s.
It is doable that the MCU Well timed can also be this continuity’s Kang Prime and hidden in an period the place he can plan acts of villainy lengthy earlier than the Avengers exist to hassle him. That’d clarify why Loki is after him.
This man may be the similar Kang we met in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (the ultimate battle left his destiny unclear) — it might be extra narratively satisfying if the model of the character we frolicked (ha) with turned out to be Kang Prime.
One other wrinkle is that comedian Kang could also be a descendant of the Incredible 4’s Reed Richards/Mr. Incredible and archvillain Physician Doom (in-universe information are fuzzy although). Since the superteam is scheduled to make its MCU debut in 2025, it would lean into this connection.
It is kinda onerous to make certain what the take care of all these Kangs is after they all have the similar face. A minimum of it retains the door open for Jonathan Majors’ MCU supremacy.
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