A common criticism of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania has come from the perceived lack of a true threat posed by Jonathan Majors‘ Kang. After being billed as the big bad of the Multiverse Saga, Kang the Conqueror was defeated by the Ant-Family who escaped the Quantum Realm and their encounter with Kang relatively intact. In fact, the film ends, for the most part, on a rather upbeat note given what the Langs and the Pym van Dynes had gone through. However, it turns out that wasn’t always the case.
In an interview with Comic Book, writer Jeff Loveness confirmed some fairly major changes were made to the ending. While the film ends with the whole family having returned home from the Quantum Realm, it turns out it wasn’t always that way as Loveness confirms that one potential ending had Scott and Hope stuck in the Quantum Realm. Ultimately, given the similarity to the ending of Ant-Man and The Wasp, that ending was removed from the film.
Yeah, I mean, certainly in these Marvel rooms and all that, you certainly game out all these stories and you pitch them out, you write them out, and you’re trying to land the best puzzle piece because there’s so many characters in the ensemble. Certainly, you see what people are saying online. But on paper, and then just in your heart, as much as you can see that point about stranding Scott and Hope down there or whatever, at the end of the day, it is just repeating the same beat from the second movie. That just was a hurdle that you couldn’t eventually get over. And then also, it kind of affects Avengers in the same way of, well, then you’re just doing the same exact beat from Endgame as well, getting out of the Quantum Realm and I don’t think that would be a satisfying finale that people maybe think it would be.Jeff Loveness
Online criticism of the film has also centered on the fact that none of the story’s protagonists died despite going up against Kang. At one point, rumors swirled that Michael Douglas‘ Hank Pym might be a casualty of the Quantum Realm, something Loveness seemed to acknowledge when describing the tone he ultimately chose for the film.
But certainly, you go through all these permutations and then at the end of the day though, I think … I don’t want to kill Michael Douglas! At a certain point, it feels expected to kill someone in the third movie and I actually felt the joy of this movie was having a bit of a joyful adventure. Fellowship of the Ring, only one guy died. He kind of deserved it. But you’re not killing off Pippin. Killing off Pippin in Return of the King would’ve just bummed everybody out, man. If Gimli gets his head ripped off by a troll, that’s not going to be great.
For fans who want to see Kang rack up a body count, however, Loveness has good news in the way of a thousand or so Kangs who are capable of doing plenty of damage when they show up again in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, which he’s writing as well.
But certainly, it’s up in the air but I think for these bloodthirsty fans, there’s a little movie called, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, I think he’ll bring the heat.Jeff Loveness
Rumors have already suggested a trio of Avengers who might fall at the hands of Kang(s) in that film but whether those are true or not, it certainly seems as though there will be blood down the road.
Source: Comic Book