'Double Trouble': Why 'Ant-Man 3' is welcoming MODOK as a second villain after Kang the Conqueror?

'Double Trouble': Why 'Ant-Man 3' is welcoming MODOK as a second villain after Kang the Conqueror?
First look at Kang the Conqueror (R) in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania' and a glimpse of MODOK (R) (Marvel Studios)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The hype for MCU's Phase 5 with the much-awaited 'Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania' is through the roof. To the surprise of many, MODOK was seen in the recently released trailer and it surely made many jaws drop. This rendition of MODOK will be played by Corey Stoll, and the purpose of the character's introduction in the movie has opened up many possibilities while raising a lot of questions.

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As fans were excited to see the next big bad Kang the Conquerer in full-time action on the big screens after his brief appearance in the 'Loki' series finale, the introduction of yet another villain has only raised expectations further.

This is the first proper introduction of the character MODOK in the MCU mainstream. Stoll was lastly seen in the MCU during the first 'Ant-Man' movie playing the character of Darren Cross, also known as Yellowjacket.

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Jonathan Majors as Kang in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania' (IMDb)
Jonathan Majors as Kang in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania' (IMDb)

According to Screenrant, the plotline involving two huge villainous characters would be a tricky line to walk through. However, this unexpected return of Stoll's character as MODOK poses a serious question as to the introduction of the character and development, amidst the star-studded ensemble. It is no secret that MODOK is worthy of a great villain and the glimpse from the trailer suggests that Stoll's Yellowjacket has been surviving inside the quantum realm since his last battle with Scott Lang.

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For all we know, Cross would have been rebuilding himself and plotting revenge on Scott Lang ever since, resulting in his new avatar as MODOK. And the possibility of him even joining hands with Kang in his mission is also highly plausible and terrifying since Kang's plan also involves Scott. The prospect of Cross's familiarity with the quantum realm is a huge added advantage, making his character even more powerful. This would also lead to the establishment of his presence in the Thunderbolts' team! If Kang and Cross are working together, then it would a double threat for Ant-man and his team.

'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania' is out in theatres from February 17.

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