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Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania Trailer Has Fans Buzzing About Kang's Intimidating Presence

The scope of the Marvel Cinematic Universe just got a whole lot smaller with the release of the first full trailer for "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania." Starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, and Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, aka the Wasp, this latest entry in the MCU depicts the size-shifting team returning to the Quantum Zone after Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton, but previously Emma Fuhrmann and Abby Ryder Fortson, it's been a whole thing) accidentally opens a rift to the realm of potential energy and drags them all in, including Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeifer), the previous Ant-Man and Wasp, both of whom are probably dreaming of superhero retirement by this point.

Unfortunately for our heroes, it seems as though the Quantum Zone has its own array of inhabitants, including Bill Murray — whose role is as yet a mystery — and a variant of Kang the Conqueror (Jonathon Majors), the MCU's newest big baddie. Oh, a quick aside, we're calling him a "variant" because Kang's whole deal is that the Marvel multiverse is drowning in Kangs, almost all of whom are tyrannical warlords. Before this trailer, we'd only seen Kang in the Disney+ series "Loki," where the variant of his on active display was known as "He Who Remains," the only moderately peaceful variant. Now, with "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" showcasing just how intimidating Kang the Conqueror can truly be, fans are eager to share their opinions about the green-clad menace. 

Kang's so scary that fans are concerned for Scott Lang

On Twitter, @WR42TH responded to the trailer by saying, "CGI is on point. Also, Kang looks sick, can't wait to see him pulverize Ant-Man!" Charmingly hopeful, @Cameron1nk also responded, saying, "Kang is gonna be the best marvel villain." Less hopeful, @LukePrime_ retweeted the new poster for "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania," which depicts Kang presumably holding the two titular heroes atop his middle finger like bread crumbs, saying, "I've got a horrible feeling Kang is going to K-word Scott." We shouldn't have to elaborate on what was meant by "K-word," right? 

That's actually a pretty common theory, by the way. The notion that Kang will be this brutally merciless killer is so prevalent that Screen Rant and CBR have practically pre-written obituaries for Scott Lang. It doesn't help that Jonathon Majors has recently received a great deal of press for the results of his workout regime (for the curious, some of those pics can be found over at Men's Health). Structurally it makes sense, as every time a new major villain is introduced they have to make a noticeable first impression somehow. For comparison, the mad titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) killed Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Heimdall (Idris Elba) in his first bout against the Avengers. There's just no way that everyone in "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" is making it out alive.

Conversely, Twitter user @younityyy offered a different form of depression in regards to Kang's presence, saying, "I can see every movie Kang is in, ending with some sort of defeat, and then another Kang variant just [pops] in and they['re] back to square one ... a never ending cycle." 

Jonathon Majors isn't making it look good for Paul Rudd, either

A different Men's Health article gives us a pretty good look at the mentality that Jonathon Majors is taking in his approach to portraying Kang. It notes that Majors is well-known for immersing himself within a role, bringing both an intense work ethic and even more intense energy. When discussing his all-in approach, Majors said, "I have a tremendous amount of faith in my preparation and faith in something greater than me ... I know I can do it ...  I haven't had a carb in two and a half months. I know I can take my shirt off. I've been running miles. And [I know I can do it] because I've failed. I've already had another grown man pull the weight off my chest because everything has died. I've already tried to jump on the horse and broke my heel. This is not going to be worse."

Not to put too fine a point on the subject, but that same article discusses how he worked with his strength conditioning coach specifically to create an "imposing figure" for Kang. Majors went into the MCU with the mindset that the only thing powerful enough to kill him was plot armor, and that even THAT would be a stretch. As of right now ... honestly? We believe him.