Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man 3’ Adding a New Lead Character

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hope pym (left) and scott lang (right) in ant-man and the wasp

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The upcoming Ant-Man 3 — officially titled Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) — is reportedly seeking a young female actor to take on a hugely important role alongside Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) for the franchise’s Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 outing.

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Quantumania, directed by Peyton Reed, and due in theaters Feburary 17, 2023, features Rudd and Lilly in the top-billed roles alongside returning cast Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, and Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang, replacing Emma Fuhrmann who portrayed Cassie briefly in Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Star of HBO hit series Lovecraft Country, Jonathan Majors made headlines late last year with his casting as the big bad of Ant-Man 3 — and possibly beyondKang the Conqueror.

Cassi Lang
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According to reports, the latest Ant-Man 3 casting buzz surrounds Marvel Studios’ search for a young girl, aged 9 to 12 to take on a character said to be a 10-year old lead character to star with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. The report says Marvel Studios is specifically seeking a young actress with the ability to sing, dance, and with a strong comedic presence. The Ant-Man 3 role is unspecified as of this writing, indicating that this is likely a character new to the Ant-Man franchise and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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This casting news is the latest in intriguing stories to come out of the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) production. When reports first surfaced that Jonathan Majors was circling the role of the time-traveling powerhouse, Kang the Conqueror, many Marvel fans surmised he could be a Thanos-level villian who could threaten the whole of the MCU throughout Phase 4. Kang is one of the most fearsome and storied villains from Marvel Comics, and has been a frequent scourge of the Fantastic 4 and the Avengers in the comics.

With a title subtitle like Quantumania, Ant-Man 3 promises to even deeper into the depths of the Quantum Realm, explored in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) and, of course, the “Time Heist” in Avengers: Endgame (2019). With the Quantum Realm as the Marvel movie’s playground, Kang is a natural fit, as he is a master of not only time travel, but of skipping between realities of the multiverse as well.

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The other major casting news from the project revolved around Marvel’s re-casting of Scott Lang’s daughter, Cassie Lang. While Emma Fuhrmann was on-screen as Cassie Lang playing opposite Paul Rudd in just two scenes in Avengers: Endgame, it appeared as though her presence was setting the character up for a meatier role in a future project. That notion proved false, however, when Marvel Studios unceremoniously recast the role of Cassie Lang in favor of Kathryn Newton, hot off successful outings in Big Little Lies and Detective Pikachu (2019).

This latest report from the Peyton Reed helmed Ant-Man 3 indicates that the Marvel movie is continuing to surprise Marvel Cinematic Universe fans with new characters and storylines that can’t be contained to a single timeline.

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The next major entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe will give audiences a lot to handle, as the multiverse continues to loom large over Phase 4. The Disney+ series Loki premieres June 9, with Tom Hiddleston as Loki in the custody of the Time Variance Authority (TVA).

Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021) is also rumored to have a massive connection to the multiverse with several versions of Peter Parker — in addition to the MCU’s Tom Holland — and his rogues’ gallery reportedly in the mix.  All of this is leading up to an anticipated multiverse crescendo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), which will feature Wanda Maximoff, better known in the comics as the reality-warping mutant, Scarlet Witch.

Who do you think the new mystery character is in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania? Let us know in the comments!

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