IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ANT-MAN and THE WASP, TURN BACK NOW. MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW
This is normally where me and Ronnie would review the movie, but what is there to say that hasn’t already been said? It’s a funny Marvel film, that, surprisingly, is fairly self contained. Evangeline Lilly is phenomenal as Wasp and Cassie Lang sews the seeds for the far flung future of the MCU. The biggest question going into this film was: How will it tie in to the as-yet-named Avengers 4 (even though we pretty much know it’s title is Endgame)? Well, the actual movie that occurs before the credits does nothing to answer this question. However, in true MCU fashion, there was likely a clue in the mid credit scene.
Again, spoilers follow, bookmark this if you haven’t seen the movie yet.
After a successful rescue of the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, from the Quantum Realm, Scott, along with Hank, Hope and Janet, are testing out a new quantum tunneler. Scott is preparing to go to the quantum realm to retrieve Quantum Energy for their former foe, Ghost, so she can continue to heal from her constant phasing. Janet, the resident expert on the quantum realm, is giving Scott a few tips about what to avoid, and among them, is likely the answer to the question we’ve all been wondering: How do the Avengers put the Universe back together?
It seems like a throwaway line, but Janet tells Scott, after saying he should avoid some cute looking creature, “Don’t get sucked in a time vortex.” Scott goes to the quantum realm, and as he is about to be recalled, the camera shows that the Pyms have fallen victim to the snap heard round the universe, leaving Scott stuck in the Quantum Realm. Most comic sites and people in the know have assumed time travel would play some role in the plot of Avengers 4, given the set photos showing Scott Lang and a futuristic dressed Tony Stark present at the Battle of New York from the first Avengers. Also lending credence to this idea was news that an older Cassie Lang had been cast for Avengers 4.
How does this play into Avengers 4? Well, since there is no one to get Scott back from the Quantum realm, odds are, he ends up in a time vortex, accidentally travels to the future and sees his teenaged daughter fighting crime as stature, picks up a future version of Stark and ends up back at the battle of New York, possibly to steal the space stone. Leaked concept art showing the surviving Avengers together, we know the entire film won’t revolve around time traveling, but it’s likely going to be play a role in how the Avengers beat Thanos. Josh Brolin also may have potentially let a spoiler slip earlier this year when he described a fight featuring those who survived the snap as well as Captain Marvel. Given the scope of what that fight might entail, my guess is it’s the climactic battle to defeat Thanos. Unfortunately, we probably won’t get the last piece of the puzzle until Marvel’s new heavy hitter joins the fray in February.