Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania writer Jeff Loveness has hinted in a new interview with IGN that Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror and Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet Van Dyne might have had a secret romance during the decades they were trapped in the Quantum Realm together. When asked about the tension felt between the 2 characters in the film, Loveness responded thoroughly.
Quantumania Writer, Jeff Loveness, Teases Kang and Janet Romance
“Ohhhhhh. I mean, yeah you got Mr. Hunk over there all day, so mysterious. He’s got his little orb. I mean, I don’t know what’s in that orb. I intentionally left it a little vague, but clearly – let’s say they’re very good friends [laughs]. And I think sometimes we’re in kind of this YouTube reaction video world where everyone wants every little detail explained. And I don’t think I ascribe to that. I think there’s a magic in what is unsaid and what is not explicitly said. And sometimes the wicked witch of the west can melt because water melts her. That’s like, that’s all you got to know, man.
There’s no setup. There’s no foreshadowing. It’s like, yeah, you know what? Throw some water on her. And she’s gone. No offense to 80% of IGN’s audience, of which I am one, but chill out guys.
I love Jane Austen novels or English novels [that] are very sexually repressed. I’m sexually repressed. But I think there’s a lot of strength in those types of relationships that could go either way. And maybe it did, maybe it didn’t. Maybe that’s a reason she didn’t want to tell her family about it. That’s part of it. And maybe she didn’t want to tell the family or the Avengers about it, because if they went down there, he would fuckin’ kill them. Or he would get their Pym Particles and get out. It’s something that, it’s like your grandpa talking about what happened to him in the Pacific Theater in 1944.
Best not to bring it up. And because if you bring it up, it’s going to hurt a lot more people.
But yeah, maybe they had sex. Who knows?”Jeff Loveness, Writer, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
Loveness is clearly playing things close to the chest here. From the moment Kathryn Newton’s Cassie Lang sends down a signal to the Quantum Realm and the gang all gets sucked into it, Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet Van Dyne is clearly petrified to be back there. Of course, when the film reveals to us that she and Kang met after his spaceship “fell” into the Quantum Realm and the two rebuilt it supposedly in hopes of getting out of there, the movie is vague about exactly what the nature of that relationship was and how long they worked on the ship together before she realized Kang’s true malevolence.
The film makes it clear that Janet became acquainted with many a Quantum Realm resident during her extended stay there, but never says if she became romantically involved with anyone (though Bill Murray’s Lord Krylar playfully suggests otherwise without confirming it). If a romantic relationship had formed between Janet and Kang before she discovered his evil side, it would give her fearful reaction to being back in the Quantum Ream an extra personal layer that could have added to the drama. In the final cut as it is now, we know they worked together, she found out about the evil actions that had him banished there in the first place, and helped to defeat him (at least for now).
We’ll have to wait and watch how the rest of Phase 5 plays out to see the full extent of Kang and Janet’s relationship, but for now, whether they were ever something more is a question for fans to ponder. The Illuminerdi will keep you updated on Phase 5 as it develops.
Do you think Kang and Janet developed romantic feelings for each other in the Quantum Realm? If so, how would that have impacted the story for you? Did you enjoy Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania? Who would you choose to be stuck in the Quantum Realm with if you had to decide? Let us know in the comments below and on our social media.