Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum of Fury will introduce Kang the Conqueror to the MCU, potentially creating a tragic parallel to Avengers: Infinity War.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum of Fury will introduce Jonathan Majors' Kang the Conqueror into the MCU, giving the film a chance to recreate one of the most harrowing scenes from Avengers: Infinity War one. In the film, Scott Lang, Hope Van Dyne and their family will encounter Kang in the mysterious Quantum Realm, where they are trapped. While the movie's plot is still being kept under wraps, it seems likely that the heroes will lose their battle against the more powerful Kang, especially given the importance of the villain to MCU Phase 6 and the finale of the Multiverse Saga.
Kang follows in the footsteps of Thanos, the main antagonist of the Infinity Saga, who eventually attacks Earth in the two-part finale events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. However, when the Mad Titan first appeared, he brutally killed Loki in the very first scene of Infinity War, strangling him to death in front of his brother Thor, ensuring audiences would take him seriously. To properly set Kang up in his own MCU debut, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Fever may have a main antagonist in the Multiverse Saga Repeat Thanos' most tragic trick.
Every Clue Pointing To Ant-Man's Death In Quantumania
The MCU has been hinting for months that Paul Rudd's Scott Lang will die in Quantum Mania. From a behind-the-scenes perspective, Ant-Man's upcoming sequel is coming to an end to his trilogy, which has his future in the MCU in question. While the true nature of the MCU star's contracts is generally kept under wraps, it's not inconceivable that Paul Rudd's current deal with Marvel Studios could be expiring soon. In fact, given the end of his own solo franchise and Ant-Man's eight-year tenure in the MCU, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Fever may indeed prove to be his final appearance.
The first trailer for Quantumania also hinted at Scott Lang's death, especially during his upcoming battle with Kang the Conqueror. During their first meeting, Kang learns that Ant-Man is an Avenger, leading him to menacingly ask "Have I killed you before?" in the final moments of the Comic-Con trailer. Kang's ominous question reminds viewers that he is indeed an Avengers-level threat -- too powerful for Ant-Man and The Wasp. When they inevitably clash in the movie, it's not hard for Kang to eliminate one or both of these Avengers in battle.
Also, Kang's presence in the Ant-Man films seems somewhat out of place for these two characters. Kang is clearly far more powerful than all the heroes in the movies combined, which makes it odd that Marvel Studios chose to introduce such a colossal threat in a franchise that often deals with smaller corners of the MCU. Kang was really a fish out of water in Quantum of Madness, and the movie would do well to make the most of that fact, allowing the villain to win in the end, kill the hero, and then go on to fight the rest of the Avengers.
How Ant-Man's Death Would Affect The Kang Dynasty (& Repeat Infinity War)
Scott's death to Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum of Madness had a huge impact on Avengers: Kang's Reign, reminding Earth's Mightiest Heroes of Kang's existence in the most tragic way possible. News of Ant-Man's death will not only make the Avengers aware of Kang the Conqueror's existence, but it will give them a reason to hunt down the villain and avenge the loss of their beloved teammate and friend. To avoid a catastrophe similar to Thanos' crusade, the Avengers will choose to attack in the battle against Kang, seeking to end his conquest Once and for all before it goes too far.
Killing the first Ant-Man would also make Kang a villain on par with Thanos himself, repeating the Mad Titan's Infinity War intro. In the third Avengers movie, Thanos killed Loki in the very first scene, proving he was capable of killing major characters. Because Thanos was such a popular antagonist, the MCU had to ensure Kang was a worthy successor by repeating Loki's death with another character. Kang's choice may not be to kill a fan-favorite villain, but a hero whose death will not only break the hearts of the audience, but also raise the stakes even higher for the Kang dynasty.
During the Avengers' war against Kang, several beloved characters may die. Unlike Thanos' battles, Kang's conquests don't seem to be limited to just the last two films of Phase Six. His rampage appears to be an ongoing battle that lasted several movies, before finally culminating in Avengers: Reign of Kang and Avengers: Secret Wars. As his first step in conquering the MCU, Kang couldn't have had a more significant entry than killing off the franchise's most beloved Avenger. This will also be a Considering the usually comedic nature of the Ant-Man series, this move is absolutely shocking and would end the trilogy on a tragic note.
The MCU Has Already Introduced Its Ant-Man Replacement
Although Ant-Man seems ready to take his final bow in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Fever, the MCU has introduced the perfect character to replace him and move on. His daughter Cassie Lang (later played by Katherine Newton) has been strongly hinted at adopting her comic book moniker, Stature, in the upcoming film. Being Stature might indeed be Cassie Lang's way of honoring her late father after her death at the hands of Kang the Conqueror, carrying on his legacy as a superhero with similar powers.
Rumors of Cassie's ascension to superhero status were only amplified based on Quantumania's first trailer, which included several shots of the character fighting alongside Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne. Likewise, interviews with Katheryn Newton and director Peyton Reed seem to confirm that Cassie will be a full-fledged superhero by the end of the film. If Scott does die in the upcoming film, Cassie is more than ready to take over his role in the MCU.
Also, Cassie's The role as Stature would also perfectly establish the MCU's rumored Young Avengers team. The character appears frequently in the comic book version of the Young Avengers, making her a perfect fit for the MCU adaptation. While a Young Avengers project has yet to be confirmed, it seems likely given how quickly the franchise has introduced characters from the Young Avengers roster.
If the group is to be introduced before the end of the Multiverse Saga, Marvel will need to lay the groundwork for their union over the next few films. Cassie's superhero debut could be the perfect first step to rallying other heroes her age. If Scott Lang's battle with Kang does come to an end, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Fever could end with a tease of Cassie's future as Sature in the Young Avengers.