Empire has shared the first look at William Jackson Harper’s character from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The actor plays a Quantum Realm rebel.
The first look at William Jackson Harper in Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has dropped online.
The photo comes courtesy of Empire, who also shared some details on Harper’s role in the upcoming Marvel sequel. The Good Place star is reportedly playing Quaz, a telepathic rebel from the Quantum Realm who contributes to the fight against Jonathan Major’s Kang the Conqueror. The first look at Harper’s character, pictured with fellow freedom fighter Jentorra (played by Katy M. O’Brian), is available below.
Harper joined the cast of Ant-Man 3 back in October 2022. Though Marvel withheld any and all details of the actor’s role at the time of the announcement, many fans believed he would play The Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic. Such speculation was due in large part to Harper’s role as the brainy Chidi on NBC’s hit comedy The Good Place.
Other rumors suggested Harper would play Quasar, possessor of the Quantum Bands, advanced alien technology that allows the wearer to manipulate Quantum energy. The bands also allow the wearer to drain energy from other beings and mechanisms. In the comics, the Quantum Bands were created billions of years ago by Eon, the personification of time, to empower Glakandar the Stygian Starbender, the first Protector of the universe. Many have held the title of Quasar, but Harper was thought to play the Wendell Vaughn version of the character.
Ant-Man 3’s Other Mysterious Character
In addition to Harper’s Quaz, fans have also been eager for details on Bill Murray’s role in Ant-Man 3. Marvel has yet to share anything official on Murray’s character, but fans speculate that the Oscar-nominee will play Krylar. Marvel is known for catapulting obscure comic book characters into mainstream popularity, but their choice of Krylar would potentially be the studio’s deepest cut yet as the character only had one appearance in the comics, in 1972’s The Incredible Hulk #156, which lasted only a few panels.
That said, Krylar’s only appearance takes place in the Quantum Realm, or the “Microverse” as it was termed in 1972. The subservient scientist to the corrupt Lord Visis, Krylar is known for creating a machine that can generate the physical embodiment of his opponent’s innermost fears. In the duo’s battle against the Hulk, Krylar’s machine created an anti-Hulk, an out-of-control version of Bruce Banner’s alter ego, for Banner to fight.
Directed by franchise-regular Peyton Reed from a script by Rick and Morty‘s Jeff Loveness, Ant-Man 3 sees the return of Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michelle Pfeifer, Michael Douglas, Kathryn Newton and David Dastmalchian. It will be the first entry in the Ant-Man series without Micahel Peña’s fan-favorite Luis, though many fans believe he will make a surprise appearance in the film.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania launches Marvel’s Phase Five on Feb. 17.
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