Did you know that there is a rule of Marvel movie trilogies that “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” broke? There is an aspect in the plot, a transformation of the superhero in the third films that has been constant over time, but none of that happens with Ant-Man 3, the most current film from the House of Ideas that serves as an introduction to the Phase 5.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania it set up some great storylines for upcoming projects, including introducing the Kangs Council and Victor Timely in the post-credits scenes. Quantumania also marks the first time one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has come face to face with Kang the Conqueror, the main villain of the Multiverse Saga. All good with this, but the outcome has not followed the “rule” of the UCM trilogy.
In general, Marvel Studios makes the third movies a major change for superheroes. In Iron Man 3, Tony Stark destroyed all of his suits and was apparently going to retire until the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Captain America: Civil War featured the disbandment of the Avengers, making Steve Rogers, Hawkeye, and Black Widow fugitives from the American government.
Thor: Ragnarok meant the death of Odin, the destruction of Mjolnir and Asgard, causing Thor to rethink his responsibilities. We cannot forget Spider-Man: No Way Home, a film in which Peter Parker is left completely alone to hide his identity from the world.
Sure, the third Marvel movies are a sea change for the character, but Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania veered away from the trend and kept Scott and his family pretty much the same. We almost thought Scott and Hope would be stuck in the Quantum Realm to prevent Kang the Conqueror from escaping, but Cassie Lang showed up at the last minute to rescue them. Thus, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania made changes to everyone except the protagonist.
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