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Why Quantumania Includes Krylar (When He’s Not An Ant-Man Character)

by Lidia Lucovic

The upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania features Bill Murray in his first on-screen appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing the role of Lord Krylar, a peculiar character from the Marvel Comics. Krylar was a former ally of Janet van Dyne during her 30-year stay in the Quantum Realm and has a brief but important role in the new Ant-Man movie. Nonetheless, the selection of “Krylar” as the comic book character for adaptation is somewhat unusual.

In Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Cassie Lang, Ant-Man’s daughter, attempts to send a signal into the Quantum Realm that inadvertently sends the entire Ant-family to the subatomic universe, revealing Janet’s secret history from her time in the Quantum Realm and her connections with Kang the Conqueror and Krylar. This article provides an explanation of Krylar’s origin, history, and role in the Marvel Comics. Krylar made his first and only appearance in The Incredible Hulk #156, published in 1972, where he formed an alliance with Visis the Vagabond, Jarella’s cousin, to overthrow the Microverse, a realm similar to the Quantum Realm. Krylar’s appearance in the MCU, in this sense, serves to integrate the Microverse and Quantum Realm concepts. However, given that other characters from the Microverse had longer histories, it is somewhat surprising that Krylar was chosen for the role.

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Bill Murray portrays Lord Krylar as an old friend of Janet van Dyne who supported her in resisting the Conqueror and his increasing power after Kang was banished to the Quantum Realm. Although Janet initially assisted Kang in repairing his Time Chair and multiversal energy core, she eventually discovered his dark past, having destroyed countless universes and trillions of lives. This led Janet to blow up his core and fight him for years as a freedom fighter until Hank rescued her and brought her home in the 2018 film “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

Krylar is among the first characters that Janet seeks when the Ant-Family is pulled into the Quantum Realm. They fought Kang together and became lovers during Janet’s decades in the subatomic universe. However, Krylar admits that much has changed since Janet left, as he has become a lord, implying that his increased status resulted from an alliance with Kang. At the very least, he agreed to turn Janet and her family in, and his betrayal motivated Janet to finally confess her past to Hank and Hope.

Despite their shared trait of treachery, the MCU’s version of Krylar, who serves the exiled Kang the Conqueror, differs significantly from the comic book version. In the comics, Krylar has green skin and is in charge of an island of assassins who hoard advanced technologies and weapons. However, due to his limited appearances in the Marvel Universe, there is little material to adapt him for the MCU, and thus Bill Murray’s character has little resemblance to the comics’ Krylar apart from his name. In the MCU, Krylar leads a life of luxury, owns his ship, and has expensive tastes. He was once part of the Quantum Realm’s freedom fighters but appears to have retired from that role. It’s possible he became heartbroken after Janet left with Hank, leading him to seek a deal with Kang to maintain order in the Quantum Realm.

Will Krylar make a return to the MCU?

During the Pym family’s escape from Kang’s soldiers, who had been alerted by Krylar, Hank threw an enlargement disk at the lord’s peculiar drink, causing him to be left behind in the grasp of the living creature that was part of the drink. Based on how Lord Krylar’s encounter with Janet, Hank, and Hope van Dyne ended in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” it seems unlikely that Bill Murray’s character will return to the MCU anytime soon.

Although it is unknown whether Lord Krylar met his demise in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” it seems improbable that he will appear in the future, given that the Ant-Family managed to escape the Quantum Realm. Unless they return to the subatomic universe in a possible “Ant-Man 4,” or if members of the Quantum Realm somehow make it to the Earth above, the MCU’s Lord Krylar may have in common with the comics’ version that his first appearance was probably his last.

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What is your opinion?

Daniel November 14, 2022 - 10:13 pm

The inclusion of Krylar in Quantumania is a bold move that demonstrates the film’s commitment to expanding the Marvel universe in exciting new ways.

CHRISTINA December 2, 2022 - 2:25 am

By including Krylar in Quantumania, Marvel is once again proving their commitment to storytelling innovation and their ability to keep audiences engaged and invested in their superhero universe.

Robert December 17, 2022 - 11:39 pm

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Harold December 18, 2022 - 1:20 pm

The addition of Krylar to the Ant-Man universe is a smart move, as it allows the franchise to explore new storylines and introduce new elements that will keep audiences engaged and excited.

Autumn December 27, 2022 - 11:18 pm

Quantumania’s inclusion of Krylar is a testament to Marvel’s dedication to building a cohesive and interconnected universe, where even minor characters can have a significant impact on the larger story.

DERRICK January 4, 2023 - 8:47 am

Quantumania’s decision to introduce a non-Ant-Man character like Krylar is a testament to the film’s willingness to take creative risks and break new ground in the superhero genre.

Richard January 4, 2023 - 9:02 pm

By incorporating Krylar into the Ant-Man franchise, Quantumania is setting itself apart from other superhero films and offering fans a truly unique and unexpected experience.

Yvette January 15, 2023 - 11:59 pm

Krylar’s inclusion in Quantumania is a testament to Marvel’s commitment to keeping their stories fresh and exciting, even after more than a decade of superhero movies.

KARIE January 19, 2023 - 10:31 am

The addition of Krylar to the Ant-Man franchise is a bold and unexpected move that promises to inject new life into the series and offer fans something truly unique and exciting.

Aneoko January 31, 2023 - 3:42 am

Quantumania’s decision to bring Krylar into the fold is a brilliant way to expand the Ant-Man franchise and tap into the vast potential of the Marvel universe.

Leo February 8, 2023 - 1:00 pm

Quantumania’s decision to include Krylar is a bold move that demonstrates the filmmakers’ confidence in their ability to deliver a compelling and satisfying story that transcends traditional genre boundaries.


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