The dynamic duo Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), are back stronger than ever in Marvel’s new film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The film starring EBONY’s February 2023 cover star, Jonathan Majors, as the ultimate villain Kang the Conqueror—takes us back to the quantum realm for a fight to save the Multiverse.

It picks up with Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, who is still on a high from the win against Thanos. Life for him is great at the moment, but of course, in typical MCU fashion, it’s just the calm before the next big storm.

Sure enough, that storm is immediately ignited by Scott’s daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton), who's invention inadvertently sucks her and the rest of the family into the quantum realm. Upon arrival, they’re soon met with horrid news of Kang the Conqueror's dominance over the realm, and later learn the person to blame is the Wasp's mother, Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Now if you’re playing catch up, here’s a quick back story on Janet and her history with the quantum realm.

Looking back at Marvel’s prior edition of the Ant-Man franchise, Ant-Man and the Wasp, we’re introduced to Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne, aka the Wasp, as a duo, who joined forces with Hope’s father, former S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to rescue his wife from the quantum realm, where she had been trapped for 29 years. Rescuing her was a success, but we never knew what really went down during her time there. 

Fast forwarding to today's current film, we get down to the nitty-gritty of that mystery and learn her time in the realm laid the foundation for the villain we now know as Kang the Conqueror. Janet left on irreconcilable terms with Marvel’s newest villain and due to their differences, the quantum realm went under mass destruction and Janet's to blame.

Kang has countless layers of advantages that are unheard of from any other Marvel supervillain. To begin, he can time travel. This gives him the ability to visit any point in time in any universe he wants, allowing him and his variants access to the entire multiverse. He’s also trillions of years old, and because of this, he’s much wiser than villains of the past, allowing him to take futuristic technology and turn himself into a multiverse conqueror.

Now back in the realm, Janet—with the help of Ant-Man, the Wasp and the rest of the gang—have no choice but to right her wrongs, beginning with the mission to conquer the Conqueror.

"Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" hits theaters today, February 17, 2023