The presence of Kang The Conqueror in Ant-Man 3 paves way for the Fantastic Four in the MCU. Marvel has hired Lovecraft Country actor Jonathan Majors as the comic book’s time-traveling nemesis for the Avengers, according to reports. Marvel is reportedly planning for Kang The Conqueror to have a “big part” in Ant-Man 3’s plot. Kang will be a big step up from Scott Lang’s previous encounters with baddies in the MCU.
In his first film, he faced up against Darren Cross, a brash former protege, Hank Pym. Evangeline Lilly reprised her role as the Wasp. Meanwhile, Scott joined up with her to take on Ghost, who was working with Hank’s old colleague, Bill Foster. A fresh adventure awaits Ant-Man 3. The movie is set to be directed by Peyton Reed. If recent reports are to be believed, the movie’s plot may include Kang The Conqueror and the Quantum Realm. Without the help of the Avengers, Kang would have been a far more difficult opponent for Ant-Man and his friends to take on.
It seems certain that Kang will have some kind of relationship to the Fantastic Four in Ant-Man 3 based on their long history together in Marvel Comics. In other words, Marvel and Disney may now begin planning to bring the Fantastic Four and X-Men back to life in the MCU, starting with Mr. Fantastic and his team of superheroes. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige briefly referenced Fantastic Four at SDCC 2019; it’s possible that Fantastic Four is on the company’s Phase 5 radar. Here’s what Ant-Man 3’s presence of Kang has to do with the Fantastic Four and what it might imply for the film as a whole and in the future.
Kang debuted in Avengers #8 as a 3000-year-old time traveler. After figuring out how to go back in time, Kang ended himself in ancient Egypt, where he briefly ruled. As the Egyptian pharaoh, Kang had become bored with his existence and had wandered off inadvertently into the future, where he found himself in a dismal society. The inhabitants on the planet were barbarians. However, the technology was light years ahead of Kang’s imagination. All of the previous civilization’s technical advances have apparently been left behind since the prior society has apparently collapsed. Kang, a brilliant scientist, snatched up the devices and set out to dominate the future with them.
As the Kang origin story developed, it was revealed that he was born Nathaniel Richards a name shared by Mr. Fantastic’s father, Reed Richards. In the Marvel Universe, Kang is said to be a distant relative of Mr. Fantastic. A 1970s comic book suggested that Kang was said to be connected to Doctor Doom, although this has never been confirmed. As far as it is known, Kang The Conqueror is the only Marvel Comics bad guy who has fought both the Avengers and the Fantastic Four at the same time.
There is a rumor that Kang hates the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes so much that he abandoned the lady he loved in order to rid himself of them. But Kang also has a deep animosity for Mr. Fantastic as well as the Fantastic Four. Many battles have been fought between Kang and the team. Specifically, with Kang’s intelligence frequently going up against Mr. Fantastic and his alternative timeline equivalents Rama-Tut and Immortus.
Marvel won’t have to go out of its way to build up or tease the Fantastic Four if it uses Kang in Ant-Man 3. Even dropping Nathaniel Richards, his real name, would be a reference to Mr. Fantastic. Marvel could get around this by altering the guy behind the mask’s identity and history entirely, but there’s no compelling reason to do so. A future MCU installment will undoubtedly include the Fantastic Four, and Kang gives Marvel a simple way to make a lighthearted nod to the fan favorites.
In the film, Kang may recognize his ancestor as being brilliant or make some kind of remark regarding his ancestry. Reed may be mentioned in passing without his name being stated. It’s also conceivable that Mr. Fantastic created some of the gadgets he’s holding onto. Kang The Conqueror’s hint of the Fantastic Four may work well for the film. This is possible since a reference to Reed Richards doesn’t have to be restricted. Any information about Mr. Fantastic other than his reputation as a scientist may be revealed in Ant-Man 3 without spoiling anything. This is such a crucial part of Reed Richards’ character that it will appear in any Fantastic Four narrative Marvel chooses to tell.
If Marvel intends to make Kang the next major MCU villain after Thanos, then the establishment of blood connections between Kang and Mr. Fantastic may have significant consequences in the future. Because of his significance, he may make a cameo in Avengers 5 or a Fantastic Four movie instead of only Ant-Man 3. Reed and his descendant may have some intriguing encounters if they run across the Fantastic Four. Reed’s heritage could be used for evil by his descendant. Kang is definitely one of their most significant foes. Consequently, they may choose to go after him first rather than Doctor Doom, for whom Marvel may have greater ambitions.
The Fantastic Four may be teased in Scott Lang’s third solo feature, but how long before Marvel formally introduces them? It’s possible that Fantastic Four and Ant-Man 3 will both be Phase 5 films by the time Ant-Man 3 reaches cinemas. Currently, there isn’t a release date set for Ant-Man 3. Although, it might arrive in 2023 if one of the available spots is taken. The third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, as well as Blade, are both expected to release in 2023. Fantastic Four may not be included in Marvel’s plans for 2023. However, the film may be released in 2024 as the start of one of the company’s most important new franchises.
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