Michael Douglas Is the Grandpa the MCU Needed All Along: One thing that was always missing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a grandpa. When you think about it, many of the heroes have problems with their fathers, but we never get to see a grandfather just having fun with his grandchildren. That was before Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania came out. Scott Lang and his daughter Cassie have always been at the centre of the Ant-Man movies. Even though there have been other Marvel movies about fathers and their kids, Ant-Man and Paul Rudd’s performance as Scott really showed how much a father wanting to protect, find, or bring back his daughter can drive a hero to do great things.
Still, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania’s new “grandfather” plot is a pleasant surprise. Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas, was that grandfather. Hank never talked to Cassie in the first two movies. In this third movie, though, it’s clear that his relationship with Scott’s family has changed because of Hope (Evangeline Lilly) between Ant-Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Endgame, and Quantum Mania, where we find the team. And this relationship has changed for the better because this movie shows Hank at his happiest so far in the MCU.
Hank Pym is happier in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania”
Since Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) is back in their lives, Hank’s stress from the first two Ant-Man movies seems to have gone away. Here, Hank can take it easy and spend time with his family. He can now accept the idea that Cassie is, in some ways, his granddaughter. Cassie (Kathryn Newton) calls Hank her grandfather throughout the whole movie. At first, calling Hank her grandfather is a little strange, since that hasn’t been their relationship up until now. However, it quickly becomes one of the sweetest things about the whole movie. Throughout the movie, it’s clear that Hank is just a grandfather who can’t wait to hear what his granddaughter comes up with next.
Cassie Lang is a lot like her smart father, Scott, in that she uses her brain to get what she wants. Scott’s first crime, which gets him sent to prison, was done out of altruism: he wanted to steal money from the rich to give to the poor and support his family. Cassie, too, tries to use her smarts for good and be a hero for people who need it. But one of the best things about Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was seeing how Hank and Cassie geek out together. All of this makes Hank a great and unique addition to the MCU as a whole.
Let Hank Pym Be a Grandfather
Hank goes from being a distant father to one who lets his granddaughter tell him all about the science she’s working on. He lets Cassie take suits and tech because it’s clear that they worked on them together. Their friendly, playful, and cooperative relationship adds something new to the Marvel world as a whole.
It’s perfect that Michael Douglas brings the energy of a grandfather to the MCU, where all he does is cheer on Cassie and let her try new things and learn from them. Even though there may not have been a reason for a grandpa to be in the MCU before this, it makes sense that the first one we see is Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. When Hank Pym returns his family from the Quantum Realm, he becomes a calming presence like only the best grandpas can.
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