Now that Kang is going to appear in Ant-Man 3, a lot of possibilities have opened up. There are multiple versions of Kang in the comics. So, they could exist through different time periods, or perhaps in different timelines within the MCU. Kang could be involved with the events of Loki. He could be the cause of the Multiverse of Madness. He could even be the one to lead us to the Apocalypse and all the mutants of the MCU. But most importantly, we have to believe that Kang will have a major connection to the Fantastic Four.
As soon as it was announced that Jonathan Majors has been cast as Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp 3, people just started to believe that the Fantastic Four are also going to arrive in the MCU very soon. Ever since Marvel has got the rights to use the Fantastic Four & the mutants, we’ve been wondering as to where these two factions are going to show up in the MCU. As it turns out, Marvel plans to use the mutants from Phase 4 itself. But the Fantastic Four will arrive in Phase 5 as Ant-Man and the Wasp 3 seems to be taking a major step towards them.
The man behind the mask of Kang is none other than Nathaniel Richards. In the comics, he believes that he is a descendant of Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic. So, if that is the case in the MCU as well, then for Nathaniel Richards to actually exist in the MCU, Reed Richards also needs to exist. That’s the first clue for the arrival of the Fantastic Four. And this clue has led us to a pre-existing theory that the Ant-Man and the Wasp sequel could finally introduce Marvel’s first family.
Ant-Man director Peyton Reed has always wanted to direct a Fantastic Four movie. In fact, he even pitched a Fantastic Four movie set in the 60s, to Fox back when they owned these characters. He told Collider:
“I developed it [Fantastic Four script] for about a year and we went through some different permutations and some different writers. But yes, one of the big ideas was a set-in-the-’60s thing that at the time was structurally gonna be basically like A Hard Day’s Night, where we were not going to even deal with the origin story, it was just going to be like you’re in downtown Manhattan and they’re there. It was a pretty exciting idea.”
So, Ant-Man 3 could take us back to his idea of setting the Fantastic Four origins in the 1960s. We’ve just covered the topic that Kang the Conqueror could be the ruler of the Quantum Realm city that we saw in Ant-Man and the Wasp. So, he might have been the one to take in Janet Van Dyne. But our theory is that, before Janet arrived in the Quantum Realm in 1988, 4 (or 5) other people were taken in by Kang. They could be none other than Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm (and even Victor Von Doom?).
Back in the 60s, 4 of Hank Pym’s associates/bosses could have been experimenting with shrinking technology. But one day, their experiments may have turned them subatomic, and they could have ended up in the Quantum Realm. After that, they may have gotten stuck there. While on Earth, Hank Pym was left probably with their research. With the help of their research and his intellect, he was able to come up with the Pym Particles when he joined S.H.I.E.L.D., and his story went on in the MCU.
As for the members of the humans stuck in the Quantum Realm, they were probably taken in by Kang. Seeing his ancestor Reed Richards, Kang would have got an even bigger incentive to help him and his team survives. And since the Quantum Realm empowers the ones who are in there, the Fantastic Four must have got their distinctive powers through the “benevolent and life-giving realm.”
So, the 4 members may have lived in Kang’s city, Chronopolis for years. Living in there, Reed & Susan probably even began a family and had one or two kids (both Franklin & Valeria). And after some years, they all left the Quantum Realm for some reason. Since they didn’t know about Time Vortexes, they probably got sucked into a one. Ultimately, the time vortex led them out in the year 2023, right in time for their own solo movie.
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