Ant-Man’s third film, starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors, Kathryn Newton, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Michael Douglas is about to hit theaters and it takes people back into the Quantum realm. While most stand alone movies in the MCU don’t cause such monumental shifts in the world, this film is supposed to stand out more akin to the likes of Captain America 2, and is planned to really begin to shake things up.
There are so many new characters, and a world wholely not completely fleshed out prior to this event. With so many interesting and over powered characters, we thought it best to showcase some of the biggest and most important names to learn about before jumping into the new movie!
|Kang The Conqueror
First Appearance Avengers #8 (1964)
Jonathan Majors in his second appearance as the multiple representations of Kang, this time Kang the Conqueror. While the character has been used in many means and methods, the general basis for the character is Nathaniel Richards, the decendant of Reed Richards, Mister Fantastic, as well as Victor von Doom, or Dr. Doom. That’s a dangerous combination! While the comic books primarily cover his interactions with Earth-616 he actually is from Earth-6311. He is also from well into the future. Originally fleeing into the past, he started off by setting himself up as a Pharaoh, and using his technology and powers to appear as a god to the people of the era. When he tries to flee back to his time, after his defeat, a “time storm” traps him in modern era comic books.
In his first apperance, the Avengers are forced to fight back this villain, and ends up being captured by Kang. However Wasp and Rick Jones sneak onto the ship and free the Avengers and force him back to his timeline by damaging the suit he wears, causing his weapons to not be controllable.
Later in the comics, a younger Nathaniel Richards wanted to prevent himself from becoming his older more evil self, and joined the Young Avengers as Iron Lad, but eventually time passes, and he always appears to return to his traditional violent style.
First Appearance Tales of Suspense #94 (1967)
Corey Stoll takes on the role of M.O.D.O.K. and while a lot of things about the film haven’t been revealed yet, the inclusion of him is the movie is at least one thing we do know. His iconic comic book look appears to be the full inspiration for the film. But what is M.O.D.O.K.? Well M.O.D.O.K.’s first appearance was in Tales of Suspense #93, it was a cameo to lead into his actual full appearance in Tales of Suspense #94
M.O.D.O.K. or Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing was an A.I.M. employee, George Tarleton, whose mental ability was increased by mutagenic experiments. With his new found abilities he forcibly takes over A.I.M.. In this conclusion to the prior comic, Captain America and Agent 13 are in the posession of A.I.M.. Before they can be executed, their leader M.O.D.O.K. demands that they be brought before him. Insulted by the physical superiority of Captain America, the two battle, while the members of the A.I.M. organization take this opportunity to murder M.O.D.O.K. and regain their freedom.
While the comic ends with the belief that M.O.D.O.K. is dead, he returns to the comics two years later, and becomes a regular enemy of Captain America.
First Appearance Marvel Premiere Vol #47 1979
Kathryn Newton is the second actor to take on the role of Cassie Lang. While the role was introduced as a girl and daughter of Ant-Man, she spends a lot of her life interacting with heros due to her father’s role as an Avenger. In the comics, it’s her kidnapping that tragically and unfortunately leads to the death of her father.
Unfortunately the first representation of Cassie Lang is used as a reason for Scott Lang’s return to crime. After being paroled, and given a chance to a new life at Stark International. However, when he learns that his daughter has a rare heart ailment, he spends his resources getting her care. However, her continued issues, and the promise of a proceedure leads him to return to a life of crime. It’s actually this crime that puts him on a crash course with Hank Pym, and allows him to become the next Ant-Man.
While her mother didn’t support the lifestyle, Cassie finds her own place in the world with the name Stinger, having spent time with the Runaways and the Young Avengers.
So hopefully that will help give you a heads up before jumping into the new Ant-Man movie!