The first Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer has been released by Marvel Studios, but it is missing one key line from the San Diego Comic-Con version of the trailer. Three months after Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer has finally been released to the public. Most of the Ant-Man 3 trailer repeats what had been shown by Marvel at SDCC, except for one Kang the Conqueror line hinting at the villain’s history with the Avengers.
In the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer shown at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Kang’s exchange with Ant-Man is slightly longer than the one in the official trailer. Before offering Ant-Man some sort of deal, which likely has to do with Scott Lang’s daughter Cassie Lang, Kang wonders if he had met Ant-Man already. More specifically, after Ant-Man introduces himself as an Avenger, Kang seems to recall his own encounters with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and asks Ant-Man: “Have I killed you before?”.
It is perfectly common for studios to release slightly different versions of trailers that had been previously screened at events like San Diego Comic-Con or other exclusive presentations such as D23. In fact, a lot of the Marvel trailers shown at SDCC or D23 often never get released to the public. Those exclusive materials shown at the big events tend to be more “spoilery,” which was the case for Kang’s “Have I killed you before?” line from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. While it is just a small line, it quickly establishes Kang the Conqueror’s power and his “future history” with the Avengers. It is also worth noting that the SDCC trailers are cut for a specific audience of fans whereas the wide-release trailer has to make sense even to those who have never read a comic book featuring Kang.
In the comics, the lines between past, present, and future are very blurry for Kang the Conqueror. Due to his time traveling, Kang has the ability to exist at many different points in time, with the villain playing his cards across all of humanity’s history in order to conquer the world. As such, the Kang stuck in the Quantum Realm most likely has already fought the Avengers in some version of the future. In fact, the Ant-Man 3 Kang may have killed the Avengers in the timeline he originates from, which is why Kang wonders if he had killed Ant-Man already. Essentially, the “Have I killed you before?” line summarizes how Kang perceives time.
The line between alternate timelines and alternate universes has also become very blurry in the MCU, but still, it’s clear that Avengers: The Kang Dynasty won’t be Kang’s first time fighting the Avengers, at least from his perspective. Kang’s “Have I killed you before?” tells a lot about the villain and his upcoming clash with the Avengers, and it makes sense for the line to be saved for an exclusive event and then for the movie itself. Those who are familiar with the Marvel comics already know what to expect from Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, but the general audience can still be surprised by how Kang fights the Avengers.