We know the quantum realm is going to be a big deal in the upcoming Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania. The kick off of Marvel’s Phase 5, complete with new big-bad in the form of Kang The Conqueror.
The quantum realm was teased all the way back in the original Ant-Man. Then Ant-Man And The Wasp revealed it as the place where Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet Van Dyne had been trapped for decades. Endgame used it as the answer to time-travel, meaning the Avengers could move around the established MCU timeline to complete their time heist of the infinity stones.
Now the writer Jeff Loveness has really upped the stakes, by making a comparison of the quantum realm to a famed sci-fi failure, an unfilmable masterwork:
“It’s a fun place. It’s a limitless place of creation and diversity and alien life. It’s Jodorowsky’s Dune within Marvel.”
Woah there Jeff. That’s a pretty big claim! In an interview with Empire magazine ahead of the release of the movie, other cast members chipped in to reveal small snippets of what to expect.
Both Scott Lang and Janet Van Dyne have history there from their time trapped. Pfieffer gave more clues:
“She does have a very rich history with Kang, and unresolved issues, and the Quantum Realm can change a person, and you can have a whole other life down there. It’s something that she hasn’t wanted to get into.”
Marvel supremo Kevin Feige expands:
“It’s about how these five family members deal with this environment and the new reality of what their mother/grandmother has been through, and that she’s a very, very well-known, very powerful freedom fighter in the Quantum Realm. Which none of them had any idea about until they get down there.”
Speaking of Feige, he was asked directly about so-called superhero fatigue when he appeared on the The Movie Business Podcast. Ahead of the Ant-Man release, this comes on the back of study that showed 33% of Marvel fans and 20% of DC fans were open to saying they were becoming fatigued with the genre.
Top Gun: Maverick being such a big hit, and Avatar: The Way Of Water steamrollering all before it, are being pointed to as evidence of a thirst out there for movies outside of capes and tights. Feige says he has heard it all before:
“I’ve been at Marvel Studios for 22 years now, over 22 years, and most of us here at Marvel Studios have been around a decade or longer together. From probably my 2nd year at Marvel, people were asking, ‘Well, how long is this going to last? Is this fad of comic book movies going to end?’
I didn’t really understand the question. Because to me, it was akin to saying after Gone With The Wind, ‘Well, how many more movies can be made off of novels? Do you think the audience will sour on movies being adapted from books?’”
There’re 80 years of the most interesting, emotional, groundbreaking stories that have been told in the Marvel comics, and it is our great privilege to be able to take what we have and adapt them.
I found that if we tell the story right, and we adapt them in a way that the audience still, knock on wood so far, is falling us along 22-plus years later with, that we can tell any types of movies that share two things.”
So what he is saying is, keep making good movies based on well-loved properties? As long as they are good, people will come. This sounds like an excellent plan. Now, Thor: Love And Thunder and the rest of whatever the hell Phase 4 of the MCU was would like a word.