Tragic Avengers 5 Theory Claims Ant-Man Dies In The Kang Dynasty
Scott Lang is now a famous superhero in the MCU according to the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer, but one tragic theory claims that Ant-Man dies in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. While the MCU skipped Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne as founding members of the Avengers, Phase 2 introduced the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man. Though Ant-Man has so far been in only one Avengers movie, Avengers: Endgame, Scott Lang has become an audience-favorite thanks to the simplicity of the character, which would make his MCU death as significant as those of Iron Man or Black Widow
While not much has been revealed about The Kang Dynasty, the fact that Ant-Man and Wasp will face Kang in Quantumania strongly suggests that Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne will have a significant role in the next Avengers movie. Ant-Man and Wasp might be the only two Avengers who know about Kang as of The Kang Dynasty, meaning that Hank Pym’s technology and Janet van Dyme’s time at the Quantum Realm might be the key to fighting Kang in Avengers 5. However, some believe that Ant-Man’s role in Avengers 5 will also involve the ultimate sacrifice – meaning that Scott Lang will die trying to stop Kang.
The Ant-Man 3 Trailer Hints At Scott Being The “New Tony Stark”
Who will the MCU’s new Tony Stark be is something audiences have been asking since Avengers: Endgame, and it seems like Quantumania will play with that. The Ant-Man 3 trailer reveals that Scott Lang is now a celebrity following the events of Endgame and that he is taking credit for saving the universe from Thanos. Granted, Ant-Man saved the universe in Endgame, but fame might be getting to Scott Lang’s head as suggested by the trailer. From books to a podcast, Scott Lang is now the superhero celebrity that Tony Stark once was – which Stark himself proved is not always a good thing.
Having to be Iron Man 24/7 after revealing his secret to the world at the end of Iron Man (2008) was one of Tony Stark’s biggest challenges. Tony had to be a superhero the world could count on, a celebrity people could be fans of and a leader that the Avengers and the world’s governments could trust. Saving Earth during The Avengers’ Battle of New York changed Tony Stark’s life forever, and it made Iron Man reconsider his priorities. Scott Lang may be heading toward a similar arc – someone who seems to have achieved it all but still has one major fight ahead of him.
Ant-Man And Kang’s Dynamic Can Repeat Thanos And Iron Man’s
If Scott Lang’s Multiverse Saga arc is somewhat mirroring Tony Stark’s Infinity Saga arc, then Ant-Man and Kang might have a similar dynamic to Iron Man and Thanos. While Iron Man did not know exactly who Thanos was, Tony knew since the Battle of New York that Loki was only the beginning of their problems and there was a much bigger force waiting for the Avengers somewhere in the universe. Thanos, on the other hand, knew exactly who Iron Man was and even respected the hero who stopped Loki’s Chitauri attack. By the time Endgame’s final battle happened, the fight between Iron Man and Thanos had become personal.
The Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer reveals a moment between Ant-Man and Kang that mirrors Iron Man’s conversation with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War – but with a twist. Kang seems to know who the Avengers are and implies that he has already fought them several times, yet he is now aware of who Ant-Man is. Kang’s remarks suggest that Ant-Man is not as important as other Avengers and that while Kang knows his enemies very well, he simply does not care about Scott Lang. That is the opposite of how Thanos saw Iron Man in Infinity War, and it sets up Ant-Man having a role in Kang’s eventual downfall.
Theory: Ant-Man Sacrifices Himself To Stop Kang
With Ant-Man’s story currently mirroring Iron Man’s, it would not be too far-fetched to imagine that Ant-Man sacrifices himself to stop Kang similar to how Iron Man died defeating Thanos. There will not be an Avengers movie until Phase 6, meaning that The Kang Dynasty will play out as the beginning of the end of another MCU saga. Infinity War and Endgame were defined by the deaths of some Avengers – three of which were never reversed or retconned. As such, it is safe to assume that some superheroes will die between Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
There are not many characters who have been part of the MCU since Phases 1 or 2 receiving solo movies before The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars. Thor has recently received his fourth movie, yet it does not seem like his story is about to end as Thor: Love and Thunder set up Thor 5. Sam Wilson will return in Captain America: New World Order, which could be the first series of movies with Sam as Captain America. Ant-Man, on the other hand, will conclude his MCU trilogy before The Kang Dynasty – and Scott Lang’s story might be close to an end.
The only reason why Scott Lang accepted Hank Pym’s Ant-Man offer in the first place was that he could make things right with Cassie and his family. Scott has always acted with Cassie’s best interest in mind, which is why he agreed to a deal after the events of Captain America: Civil War and stepped down from being Ant-Man for a brief moment. After Avengers: Endgame’s time jump, Cassie Lang could now be at the center of her own stories – perhaps as Stature or as a member of the Young Avengers without Scott Lang being necessarily involved.
Scott Lang’s Entire MCU History Hints At Ant-Man’s Heroic Sacrifice
Compared to other MCU Avengers and their long history of fighting, Scott Lang’s journey is relatively simple. Scott was not trained his whole life to be a superhero, nor worked for organizations such as S.H.I.E.L.D., like Hank Pym. A series of coincidences led Scott Lang to become Ant-Man, though Hank Pym was already eyeing Scott to be his thief. Ant-Man followed the more classic hero’s journey as he went from someone who initially refused to use the Ant-Man suit to the hero who saved the universe in Endgame. Quantumania is looking to be an epilogue to Scott’s story, which would further support the theory that Ant-Man dies in Avengers 5.
Another indication that Ant-Man will die in Avengers 5 is that Cassie Lang will suit up in Quantumania as revealed by the trailer. In the comics, Cassie only becomes the superhero Stature after Scott Lang dies during an attack on the Avengers’ mansion. After Hank Pym and Scott Lang, it was up for Cassie Lang’s Stature to continue the “sometimes small, sometimes giant” superhero role in the Marvel universe, and it was even suggested that she used the “Ant-Girl” alias. A similar story can happen in the MCU with Scott Lang dying at the end of Kang in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Cassie Lang stepping up as a superhero.