Ant-Man and the Wasp is an amazing follow-up to the 2015’s Ant-Man, set in the aftermath of Civil War. Scott Lang aka Ant-Man is struggling to strike a balance between personal and superhero life.
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Hank Pym defined Quantum realm as “the reality where all concepts of time and space become irrelevant as you shrink for all eternity. If Ant-Man can shrink down to the smallest of the small, he will enter this nothing, this non-reality. All of time and space will be open to him. He could literally change the universe around him Dr. Manhattan-style. And he could traverse time at will.”
But it turned out very differently as his wife Janet Van Dyne who’s been stuck there for decades couldn’t have then returned to the physical world in a different state than when she entered.
Feige explained how Quantum realm really works. He said that it is multi-layered sub-atomic realm, so deeper you go, more the laws of time and space cease to apply. Here’s what Feige said:
“Ultimately you wanna have an emotional reunion with Michael Douglas, an emotional reunion with Evangeline Lily and our first instinct had always been specifically now Michelle Pfeiffer from that first movie. It felt like it should be somebody who’s the right age. As opposed to Michael Douglas with somebody who has not aged. Or Evangeline Lilly connecting with somebody who’s not aged. That just adds another layer of sort of sci-fi weirdness.”
The director Peyton Reed added that there were a lot of easter-eggs and references that may have been missed by audience. Here’s what he said:
“Yeah, there’s a lot of little-hidden things. I mean, definitely as you go through Hank Pym’s laboratory, on the practical set and then some of the stuff we added later digitally, there are a lot of weird, little Easter eggs and things. And then as we kind of go further down into the Quantum Realm in this movie, there definitely is some things to sort of look for. That was a challenge, the Quantum Realm, ’cause it really could be infinite. It could be anything. And figuring out how much of our story took place in the Quantum Realm and particularly like designing that last act that cross-cuts between the chase and the Quantum Realm. But there’s stuff to look for in there definitely.”
He may be referring to “Quantum Void” which is MCU’s version of Negative Zone. It first appeared in Stan Lee & Jack Kirby’s comic-book titled Fantastic Four #51 in the year 1966. The negative zone is large, dark, parallel world often connected to Fantastic Four but some of the Marvel villains like Annihilus, Blastaar also have set up their base in it. It is part of the Marvel cosmic multi-verse. And now it seems, MCU would like to adapt it on a big screen.
The director of Ant-Man and Wasp i.e Peyton Reed went to Marvel in early 2000’s with a proposal to make a Fantastic Four movie, he got the job but soon left due to major creative differences. He is well aware of the entire comic-book history and concepts of Fantastic Four.
Well, Disney has just acquired the entertainment properties of Fox in a mega $71 Billion deal but still it will take 6-12 months to have all the rights transferred. So Ant-Man 2 introduced a similar concept as ‘Negative Zone’ but used a different name. There are striking similarities between the Quantum realm and Negative Zone which also plays an important role in inter-galactic Kree—Skrull war soon to be featured in the upcoming Captain Marvel.
In fact, Evangeline Lilly aka Wasp teases a larger Marvel multiverse, she said:
“In Ant-Man and the Wasp, they are trying everything in their power to safely enter the Quantum Realm and return back from it because they have evidence from the first film that Scott Lang was able to do that. If he can do it, why can’t we? If we do succeed in Ant-Man and the Wasp, then that does open a whole entire new multiverse to enter into and play around in,”
The movie has an awesome cast including Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/ Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne/ Wasp, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michelle Pfieffer as Janet Van Dyne, Lawrence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Judy Greer as Maggie (Scott’s former wife), Michael Pena as Luis, Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie (Scott’s daughter), Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Hannah John-Kammen as Ghost, Randall Park as Jimmy Woo.
The movie will hit theatres on July 6, 2018. The official movie synopsis reads:
“Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy”.