Marvel’s most underrated franchise finally gets its due as fans declare their most anticipated Phase Five movie

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer screenshot
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In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are first-tier heroes and those in lower echelons. For every Iron Man, there is a Hawkeye, for every Thor, there is a Black Widow. Typically, Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang has definitely found himself firmly in the latter category. Now, though, it seems like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is about to boost the small hero’s franchise pedigree.

A post on the Marvel Studios subReddit asked the fandom to name their most anticipated MCU production coming in Phase Five. Perhaps surprisingly, the majority of comments list the next outing for the astonishing shrinking hero and his associates as their top choice. The appearance of Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror is a major draw and several are hoping lines he utters in the trailer make it into the final theatrical cut.

Others list things like Thunderbolts or Captain America: New World Order and the coming Daredevil piece on the television side. Fans of Ant-Man joke his movie is getting anticipation due to it being next and for another, they hope Majors makes them unsettled in the theater like other villains in comic book adaptations have with some iconic lines they have said in the past.

For another, the next big thing is Blade, though they did sneak in a joke about its difficulties in getting to the screen.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania releases Feb. 17, 2023. It will see the characters explore the deeper recesses of the Quantum Realm and, in contrast to earlier films in the series, will not be a “palate cleanser” for bigger stories. Instead, it will be ultra-important to the future of the Marvel multiverse.