Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced several new characters with the release of its new movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The movie revolves around Ant-Man and the Wasp in a Quantum realm where they embark on new adventures and interact with strange creatures.
At first glance you might think this Quantum Realm came straight out of Star Wars. But the inhabitants of this Realm are actually inspired by comic books of Marvel. If you are eager to learn more about the inhabitants of this Quantum Realm, keep reading this article.
In this article, I’ve explained all the characters of this new movie and their link to the comics.
In the movie, Jentorra is part of Freedom Fighters. The character is played by Karty M. O’ Brian. She is a strong warrior and leader of the team in Quantum Realm. Cassie Lang helps her get freedom from jail and also gets inspired by her fighting skills. They both join hands and plan an attack on Kang’s citadel.
Jentorra is portrayed in comic books as originating from the planet K’ai. K’ai, a subatomic realm that is a part of the Microverse, can only be accessed by shrinking with Pym Particles. Jentorra is a member of the Micronaughts also known as Enigma Force. Her task is to protect Microverse from Hiro-Kala, Hulk’s destructive son.
The movie’s Quaz (William Jackson Harper) is a talented character. He belongs to the Freedom Fighters of Jentorra. Quaz is a proficient telepath who can perceive Scott Lang’s thoughts. He thinks that neither he nor Cassie are dangerous. When the Freedom Fighters require the bridge code to gain entrance during the raid on Kang’s fortress, his telepathic skills assist them. Quaz reads the soldier’s thoughts to retrieve the code.
Quaz was created specifically for the film and is not related in any way to the comic book. Yet Arcturus Rann, the leader of the Micronaughts in the comics, might have served as an inspiration for his character. Rann, who fights alongside Jentorra and is from a sub-atomic universe, is also telepathic. We can infer that Quaz from the film is Rann from the comics.
In the film, the Freedom Fighter Xolum (James Cutler) has an odd glass head that resembles a torch. Enemies are destroyed by energy bolts that emerge from his head. He is a hysterical and murderous type of person that wanted to torment Cassie and Scott repeatedly. But during the storm on Kang’s, he is killed by Kang.
Xolum is unrelated to comic comics as well. But Psyklop might have served as the model for his character. He belonged to Micronaughts as well. He lives in the sub-atomic realm and, like Xolum, used to shoot devastating energy blasts from his head.
Veb, a strange pink blob-like character from the movie, is sentient. Scott’s profusion of holes fascinates him, and he laments the lack of holes. He creates a pink liquid that the inhabitants of the upper world must consume. They can comprehend the dwellers of the Quantum Realm thanks to this liquid known as ooze. Veb and his group of Freedom Warriors also provide comic relief for one another.
Veb and its comic book counterpart are unrelated. Nonetheless, he and Bug are connected. The Bug was a comic book character that belonged to the Micronaughts and was well-known for his humorous timing. If you want to see this peculiar creature, Veb, you can watch Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania online for free.
Lord Krylar is the love interest of Janet van Dyne in the movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. He was also a Freedom Fighter in the past. As Janet returns to the Quantum Realm, she asks Kylar for assistance, but he has switched sides. Krylar teamed up with Kang to take over as Governor of Axia. He informs Kang of Janet’s location and is then devoured by a massive tentacled beast.
In the Marvel comics, Krylar is from the Microverse planet K’ai. He is known as Pitll Paws, the head of the elite assassins. He had a tool that served as his major source of power. The tool was able to create the physical manifestation of its adversaries’ greatest fears.
In the movie, M.O.D.O.K takes the form of Darren Cross also known as Yellowjacket. Cross turned against his mentor, Hank Pym, and almost killed Cassie Lang. He was banished to the Quantum Realm. There he became grossly deformed but Kang saved him and turned him into M.O.D.O.K – A mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing.
In comics, his origin sits with George Tarleton who was a scientist working for AIM and was mutated into a human computer. M.O.D.O.K fought with the likes of Namor, Hulk, and Captain America.
In the movie, Cassie is inspired by her father, Scott, and is interested in the quantum realm. She builds a device capable of sending and receiving data at a sub-atomic level. She also develops her own suit with the help of Hank Pym. Cassie also joins the battle against Kang.
In the comics, the character of Cassie is the same. She is interested in Hank Pym’s work. Cassie ended up exposing herself to the Pym Particles which gave her the ability to enlarge and shrink at will. She was first known as Stature and later as Stinger.
Janet van Dyne
Janet was lost to the Quantum Realm during a mission alongside her husband, Ant-Man. In Quantumania, she is back with her family but never divulges any information about her time in the sub-atomic universe. She betrays Kang and stops him from destroying any more timelines.
In the comics, Janet was the original Wasp, the same as the movie. She often goes by the name Winsome Wasp. At one time, she was trapped in the Microverse following a battle with the Skrulls.
Kang the Conqueror
Last but not the least, Kang the Conqueror. He is the antagonist in the movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. He has many variants in the MCU. This version was different from all of them. However, like all his variants he also conquers the world and gets trapped in the Quantum Realm, trying to get out.
In comics, Kang is a human time traveler out to control all of human history. He has been a part of many comics known as Scarlet Centurion, Kid Kang, Victor Timely, Iron Land, and Rama – Tut, just to name a few. Fans are expecting to see him again as Loki Season 2 is coming in mid-2023.
So, these were the characters of the new Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can watch Ant-Man and the Wasp online for free, so don’t miss the journey of these strong warriors and peculiar creatures. Most of the movie characters are inspired and taken by comics which is good news for comic lovers. After all, we all love seeing the human versions of our favorite comic characters.