Major SPOILERS are ahead for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. If you haven’t seen the film, proceed at your own risk.

Over the past few years, Marvel fans have been through a lot. We said goodbye to the core Avengers, saw the MCU change and adapt after The Snap, and opened our minds to the multiverse. There have been a lot of deaths lately – but for the first time in a long time in a new marvel moviethere were no major casualties in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. In particular, it challenges a recent trend in this franchise, one that I’m both surprised and grateful for: Janet van Dyne, a key mother figure in the The ant Man series, survives.

The two dead who are in Quantumania are of little importance. Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror dies, but this comes before it’s revealed that there are many variations of the character who are brought together for a common cause (setting up the main antagonistic force that the Avengers will eventually come together to face). MODOK also dies, but Corey Stoll’s Darren Cross was believed to be dead before becoming a cyborg anyway. It’s incredibly rare for a Marvel movie these days, and it’s refreshing for a third act to not revolve around the death of a beloved character becoming the primary motivator to finally defeat the forces of evil.

Jonathan Majors in Ant-Man 3

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