Now that Marvel Studios have finally released its latest, and probably last, official trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, MCU fans now have a clearer idea of how the villainous big-headed baddie MCU MODOK arrives in the Quantum Realm.
MODOK (short for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) gained attention recently after rumors of his inclusion in the MCU Phase 5 film debut, especially when it was confirmed during last year’s San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). Although only a brief glimpse of the mechanical villain was seen in the exclusive SDCC trailer for the sequel, he appears to have a significant role alongside Ant-Man and Kang. In case you missed it, here’s the official IMAX trailer of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.
Last December, it was also officially revealed that a Funko Pop! version of MCU MODOK will be around as part of the film’s many tie-ins. The vinyl collectible features the villain’s distinctive golden color and redesigned face from its comic book appearances. And with the recent trailer for Ant-Man 3 has revealed more details about MCU MODOK and his possible origins.
The recent trailer for Ant-Man 3 provided a glimpse of the MCU version of MODOK, showing that the character will retain its humanoid face, consistent with its comic book appearance. The trailer also confirms that actor Corey Stoll will reprise his role from the first Ant-Man movie as Yellowjacket. It also shows a shot of MODOK with a menacing and metallic face with glowing eyes, indicating how frightening the character will be when he is fully revealed in the Quantum Realm.
The trailer for Ant-Man 3 hinted that MODOK and Kang would collaborate somehow, but it is unclear how that will unfold. The trailer also showed Kang seeking help from Ant-Man as he endeavors to gain control over the multiverse. The last time we saw Stoll’s Yellowjacket character was when he agonizingly shrunk in jarring proportions as his suit malfunctioned. One theory floating around the MCU fandom is that Yellowjacket eventually landed in the Quantum Realm after that incursion with Ant-Man in the first film and was somehow distorted physically and mentally as he was violently sucked into the quantum dimension.
If this is the direction Marvel Studios will take in introducing MCU MODOK, then the cybernetic antagonist certainly has a lot to say to Scott Lang. It’s surely exciting to see how this plot unfolds once the film hits theaters on February 17.
The Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania latest poster has been released as the film is slated to hit theaters on February 17, 2023. The poster features our quantum heroes alongside the silhouette of the foreboding Kang the Conqueror. This Kang variant is set to be the main antagonist of this multiversal saga, while this latest offering from Disney’s MCU will herald the beginning of its Phase 5 project.
In the latest installment of the “Ant-Man” series, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) reprise their roles as Ant-Man and the Wasp, respectively, as they team up with Hope’s parents, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). This film marks the official beginning of phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and follows the heroic quartet as they journey into the mysterious Quantum Realm, encountering strange creatures and challenging their own limitations. Take a look at this latest poster below.
Jonathan Majors will also be joining the cast of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania as the ominous Kang, having previously appeared in the Disney+ series Loki. Peyton Reed will be returning to direct the film, with Kevin Feige and Stephen Broussard serving as producers. This battle-ready version of Kang, as seen in this latest poster, is more reminiscent of his comic book version and gives a more sinister feel to this latest MCU villain.
Will be on the lookout since Disney has announced that a brand new trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be debuting during the College Football Playoff National Championship on ESPN later tonight at 7:30 PM ET. And while waiting for the latest trailer to go live, here’s the first trailer once more.
There are plenty of new movies and series that are set to be released this year and will expand the Marvel universe, both within and outside of the MCU. In 2022, Marvel Entertainment made its mark once again with the release of three movies (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), three Disney+ series (Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk), and Marvel Studios’ first two Special Presentations (Werewolf by Night and GOTG Holiday Special). However, the Marvel brand has also produced new content across various forms of entertainment over the past year. And this time around, as we enter Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in February, let’s take a look at all the Marvel 2023 movies and series that will rock MCU to its core this year. This also includes two new Spider-Man movies from Sony Pictures and a documentary tribute to the person who started it all.
Here they are in their expected order of release, as we know them. Some of these were already made official by Disney and Sony, while others are still kept under wraps.
Marvel 2023 Movies / Theatrical Releases
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – February 17
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will begin Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, in which Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne delve deeper into the Quantum Realm. The film features an excellent cast, including Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang, and will introduce the main version of one of the Multiverse Saga’s biggest villains, Kang the Conqueror (played by Jonathan Majors).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – May 5
The highly-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will finally be released in theaters after a six-year delay. The film follows the Guardians as they search for the version of Gamora from Avengers: Endgame and confront a new, formidable villain played by Chukwudi Iwuji, the High Evolutionary.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – June 2
After numerous delays, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will finally be released in theaters. This will be the second adventure for Miles Morales (played by Shamiek Moore) and Spider-Gwen (played by Hailee Steinfeld). The first film, Into the Spider-Verse, released in 2018, was a huge success and received widespread praise. Fans and crew members alike are hoping that the sequel will be just as successful.
The Marvels – July 28
The plot of The Marvels is largely unknown, but it is rumored to be connected to the Multiversal storyline in the Multiverse Saga, specifically involving Kamala Khan’s origins and powers. In the last episode of the Ms. Marvel series, we saw Kamala transported by her bangles to an unknown place and in turn, also transported Carol to the home of the younger hero. There are still plenty of unanswered questions as to the nature of Kamala’s super-powered bangles so hopefully, all of our speculations will be put to rest once the film is released in July.
Kraven the Hunter – October 6
Sony Pictures will release a live-action Spider-Man Universe movie featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kraven the Hunter. This will be Taylor-Johnson’s second Marvel role, having previously played Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film also features a notable cast, including Russell Crowe (from Thor: Love and Thunder) and Ariana DeBose (West Side Story).
Marvel Series and Documentary
What If…? Season 2 – 2023
What If…? will be the first Marvel Studios Disney+ project to be renewed for a second season, continuing the adventures of our Marvel multiversal heroes in an animated format. The first footage from Season 2 was previewed at Marvel’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and nearly a dozen actors who appeared in live-action roles were confirmed to reprise their roles in this animated series.
Secret Invasion – Spring 2023
In early 2023, Marvel Studios will release its first crossover event, Secret Invasion, starring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos. The plot centers around a group of renegade Skrulls who have infiltrated Earth, raising the possibility that any MCU character could potentially be an imposter.
Loki Season 2 – Summer 2023
Loki will be the first live-action show in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be renewed for a second season. The God of Mischief, played by Tom Hiddleston, will return to the small screen alongside the Time Variance Authority. The entire cast from Season 1 will return for Season 2, which will push the limits of interdimensional storytelling in the MCU further than ever before.
Ironheart – Fall 2023
Dominique Thorne, who made her MCU debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, will star in her own Disney+ series, Ironheart. In the series, Thorne will reprise her role as Riri Williams and will have the opportunity to showcase her genius as she builds new versions of her suit and improves her technology. However, she will also face significant threats.
X-Men ’97 – Fall 2023
Fans will certainly welcome Marvel Studios’ very first X-Men property to the MCU with X-Men ’97, a revival of the classic 1990s animated series X-Men: The Animated Series. The new series will use the same animation style as the original and will pick up where the story left off. This will be the first opportunity to see what the X-Men might be capable of within the MCU.
Echo – Late 2023
Echo, a Disney+ series set to release in 2023, has faced numerous challenges. Despite this, the series is expected to add exciting new material to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Alaqua Cox will star as Echo, a deaf hero who revisits her Native American roots. The series will feature the return of both Daredevil and Kingpin, and will introduce a new hero following Echo’s appearance in Hawkeye.
Agatha: Coven of Chaos – Winter 2023
Kathryn Hahn, who gained a large following for her role in the popular Disney+ series WandaVision, will star in Agatha: Coven of Chaos. The show will also feature an impressive supporting cast, including Joe Locke, Aubrey Plaza, and Emma Caulfield Ford, as Agatha (formerly known as Agnes) demonstrates her magical abilities.
Stan Lee Documentary – Unknown 2023
To honor the 100th birthday of the late Stan Lee, Marvel Studios and Disney+ announced a documentary titled Stan Lee. The trailer, released on Disney+’s official YouTube channel, features a look back at some of Lee’s most iconic MCU cameos and celebrates his reputation as the ultimate cameo master in film history.
The Marvel universe has much in store for 2023, and it is possible that not all of the listed Marvel Cinematic Universe projects will be released by the end of the year. For now, it seems likely that all projects on this list except for Echo and Agatha: Coven of Chaos will be released within the next 12 months, providing new content for viewers to enjoy almost every month of the year.
Marvel certainly has a wide range of projects in the works for 2023, ensuring that there will be something for all fans to enjoy. Which Marvel 2023 movies and series are you most excited about? Let’s talk about it n the comments below.
Dave Bautista to exit the MCU as he confirmed that his upcoming portrayal of Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be his last appearance as the character. Drax was Bautista’s breakout role, which he credits to his unique ability to deliver deadpan comedy with his towering physical presence. However, as he gets older, he has found it increasingly difficult to maintain the required physical condition for the role.
This is something to be expected by the former pro-wrestler turned actor, as Dave himself was quite frank on several occasions about his departure from the GOTG franchise.
Bautista has previously mentioned that his age and the time-consuming makeup process for the character of Drax have become more and more challenging for every GOTG film, leading many fans to wonder if he is ready to step down from the role. There are several occasions where this was made more evident. Once he requested to wear a shirt while appearing on the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster at Disney World’s EPCOT, which was noticed by fans. This notion was supported by the fact that Drax wears a shirt in both the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and in the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
He also made it clear through a tweet back in 2021 that though Drax will probably remain in MCU, his portrayal of the comedic Guardian will most likely be passed to another.
Drax isn’t going anywhere. He just won’t be played by this dude! 🤷🏻♂️by the time G3 comes out I’ll be 54 yrs old for gods sake! 😱 im expecting everything to start sagging any second now. 😂 https://t.co/eRJR6ZPtE2
And more recently, his eventual departure from Guardians of the Galaxy and perhaps from the MCU, in general, was further supported by his statements at an interview with GQ magazine. To quote:
“I’m going to be 54 years old by the time Guardians 3 comes out, and the shirtless thing is getting harder and harder for me… the journey has come full circle and I’m just ready to kind of step aside and wrap it up.”
Dave Bautista to exit the MCU and his plan to pursue more dramatic roles are understandable. He has gained critical acclaim for his roles in films such as Dune, Blade Runner 2049, Hotel Artemis, and SPECTRE, and is widely considered to be the most successful professional wrestler-turned-actor. Bautista retired from professional wrestling following his match at WrestleMania 35, ending a 20-year career in the sport. Currently, Bautista can be seen in Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, now available to stream on Netflix.