Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania.Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania It marks the beginning of Phase 5 of the MCU – the Multiverse Saga’s newest villain, Kang (Jonathan Majors) and disappointingly leaving the key out Ant-Man the supporting characters we’ve all come to know and love over the years. Director Peyton ReedScott Lang (Paul Rudd), Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and their family, including a teenage Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), take an unexpected trip to the Quantum Realm. When changing the main setting of the previous two Ant-Man In San Francisco films, audiences are introduced to new creatures as they try to find their way back home. However, most of this third film leaves the Bay Area, Quanmania it moves away from some of the familiar faces from the previous films that were noticeably absent in the third installment.
Baskin-Robbins always knows
That’s not to say there aren’t moments to revisit familiar people and places from Scott’s past. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quanmania had brief moments of returning characters from previous films. FBI agent and magic enthusiast Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) makes a brief cameo at the beginning of the film where Scott is talking about where his life is today. included in Ant-Man and the Wasp, Jimmy was Scott’s parole officer while Scott was under house arrest. Although he has been working with Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) in the Westview Anomaly WandaVision, still finds time to return to the West Coast. In QuanmaniaScott and Jimmy are seen having lunch together, revealing to the audience that the two are now friends.
Perhaps the aspect of Scott’s past that gets the most screen time Ant-Man 3 it’s his time with Baskin-Robbins. After Scott was released from prison, the only job Ant-Man could find was working at an ice cream parlor. Unfortunately for him, they find out that he didn’t disclose that he was an ex-convict, so they had to fire him. Although he left in bad conditions, at first Ant-Man 3 Scott Dale is seen shaking hands with his former manager (Gregg Turkington) as it designates the “employee of the century”. While Scott is in a whirlwind of probability trying to retrieve Kang’s core, multiple versions of Scott appear, including a version of himself as a Baskin-Robbins employee. Finally, at the end of the movie, Scott swings by Baskin-Robbins to get a birthday cake for Cassie that Dale made himself. No matter where Scott goes, Baskin-Robbins will always find him.
Where is the rest of Scott’s blended family?
Even the parties Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp make fleeting appearances Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, there are glaring omissions that cannot be ignored. For example, the apparent absence of the combined family of Ants Quanmania Scott’s ex-wife is played by Maggie Lang Judy Greer. She, along with her new husband, Jim Paxton (Bobby Cannavale), have worked hard to have a good relationship with Scott, for Cassie’s sake. Despite her history with Scott, she came to his defense when the FBI came to Scott’s house unannounced. They’ve come a long way, and now, after the Blip, it would be great to see Maggie and Jim again as they try to parent a teenager with Scott. In particular, when Scott and Hope pick Cassie up from jail, it would make sense to see Jim there since he’s a cop. Cassie has had time with her mother in the five years since Scott escaped the Quantum Realm (thanks to a helpful rat!), not to mention Maggie. Ant-Man 3 It represents a shift in the narrative going forward in Ant-Man and the MCU in general. Plus, any excuse to have more Judy Greer is always a good one.
Another important change Ant-Man The difference in the MCU as we know it is the absence of Scott’s former colleagues. If you remember, Scott and his friends, Luis (Michael Peña), Kurt (David Dastmalchian), and Dave (Tip “IT” Harris) founded a security company called X-Con Security Consultants to give these ex-convicts a legal opportunity to use their skills once and for all. While Scott was under house arrest after the Sokovia Accords were broken Ant-Man and the Wasp, Luis temporarily takes over and runs the business on his own. After landing a major account, business seemed to be going well. However, after Blip brings everyone back, Scott focuses on making up for lost time with Cassie; he also writes his memoirs, Watch out for the Little Boy. His former businesses and friends never grow again.
To be fair, there were some external factors at play as to why we wouldn’t see the whole team again. That was announced TI would not return Ant-Man 3 amid accusations of sexual misconduct. Even without Dave, it still allowed him to see Luis and Kurt again. Instead, both are not mentioned Quanmania despite being in the previous two films. Dastmalchian returns in the new Ant-Man movie, but voices Veb, a creature from the Quantum Realm obsessed with holes. Veb’s fluid allows the drinker to understand the foreign language spoken in the Quantum Realm. Through Veb, Dastmalchian brings his comedic skills to the table in a new persona. Still, it would have been nice to see the former Russian cybercriminal one more time.
We will never forget Luis, the Human Jukebox
The most obvious last gap Ant-Man the movie is Luis, who became a fan favorite from the first movie. As Scott’s former roommate, Luis had a relationship with Scott during the hardest time of his life and they became friends outside of prison. What made Luis stand out was his unique way of telling stories, which featured a roundabout way of getting to the point. Along with the lip-syncing of the characters involved and Luis’ slang, they made these scenes Ant-Man and Ant-Man 2 it stands out for its comedic storytelling, often being the most memorable scenes in the films. (Marvel didn’t release a promo telling Luis Avengers: Infinity War It still feels like a missed opportunity.)
The lack of Luis and his unique narrative style is disappointing in how this marks a seismic shift. Before this, Ant-Man the films gave him a chance to breathe to spend more time with his smaller stakes and other people in Scott’s life. Now the goalpost is set with Kang at the end Avengers: Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars (presumably) there seems to be a desire to cut down on redundant characters and places that won’t matter in the grand scheme of the Multiverse Saga. In doing so, it strips the films of the franchise of much of the personality that made them so beloved in the first place. There’s comedic sensibilities to maintain as the MCU’s narrative moves forward, and it shows Ant-Man 3but the movie chooses to ignore the comedic moments that made the little boy stand out in the first place.
Ant-Man 3 it does a great job of focusing on a smaller set of characters to build depth and give Kang’s introduction the time it deserves. Kang will be an apparent presence going forward, but behind him, Quantumania leaves behind the characters we’ve come to know and the unique style of comedy we love. Even if we had seen them one more time in Scott’s opening sequence, it still wouldn’t take away from the fact that we couldn’t bring Luis one more story. Ant-Man trilogy house