Why Ant-Man Had to Be THE Avenger to Kick off the MCU’s Phase Five

Paul Rudd's Scott Lang gives an ominous look in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

In a new featurette for Ant-Man 3, Kevin Feige says the character’s underdog quality makes him the best Avenger to launch Marvel Studios’ Phase Five.

Jonathan Major’s Kang the Conqueror may seem like a lot for Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man to handle, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige argues that such underestimations make the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s pint-sized superhero the perfect Avenger to launch Phase Five with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

“We always love doing the unexpected with Scott Lang,” Feige said in a new behind-the-scenes YouTube featurette, titled “The Legacy of Ant-Man,” exclusive to IMDb. “Ant-Man is arguably the character that is the most underestimated. Ant-Man became the key to saving the universe in Avengers: Endgame.” The character’s knowledge of Pym Particles allowed the Avengers to carry out the infamous Time Heist to steal back the Infinity Stones from Thanos. “So, carrying that tradition,” Feige added, “we thought, ‘Well, let’s use [Ant-Man 3] to kick off Phase Five.'”

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Earlier this month, Feige also discussed how Ant-Man won the honor of kickstarting the next phase of Marvel’s Multiverse Saga. “We wanted to kick off Phase Five with Ant-Man because he’d earned that position,” Feige elaborated. “To not simply be the back-up or the comic relief, but to take his position at the front of the podium of the MCU.” Ant-Man 3 producer Stephen Broussard claims Scott Lang’s time at the head of the table will impact the MCU significantly, comparing the film to 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Ant-Man 3 Will Be an Avengers-Level Event

Like Civil War, Ant-Man’s latest adventure will reportedly feel more like a psuedo-Avengers film. Ant-Man 3 scribe Jeff Loveness — who is currently hard at work penning Avengers: The Kang Dynasty — recently expressed that the former was pitched as an Avengers movie with only one Avenger. “The first discussion [the production team] had was, ‘What if Ant-Man is accidentally in an Avengers movie by himself?'” he said. Commenting on Ant-Man 3‘s impact on the MCU, Loveness said the movie will take Phase Four’s characters and “throw them into the fire.”

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Loveness’ comments are in line with earlier statements by director Peyton Reed, who said he convinced Feige to increase the size and scale of the Ant-Man films with the franchise’s third entry. “People felt like, ‘Oh, [the Ant-Man films] are fun little palate cleansers after a gigantic Avengers movie,'” Reed said in December 2022. “For this third one, I said, ‘I don’t want to be the palate cleanser anymore. I want to be the big Avengers movie.'”

Those eager to experience the ramifications of Scott Lang’s latest trip to the Quantum Realm will have to wait for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania to hit theaters on Feb. 17.

Source: IMDb, via YouTube


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