Ant-Man and the Wasp come out in just one day and that is when the smallest heroes will come in to tell their story in the larger Cinematic Universe that Marvel has created. This movie will follow from where the first Ant-Man movie and Civil War left, and it will lead right into Avengers 4 by explaining why exactly Ant-Man and the Wasp were not present during the Infinity War.
The sequel to Ant-Man will dive into the concept which was merely teased in the first film. Yes, I am talking about the Quantum Realm. We only saw the Quantum Realm be introduced briefly in Ant-Man when he went subatomic. We also got a tease of it in Doctor Strange. Now, Ant-Man and the Wasp will take up right from where Ant-Man left, as it will dive into the intricacies of this realm where Space and Time are irrelevant.
The movie will heavily focus upon Hank Pym along with Scott and Hope teaming up to bring Janet back from the Quantum Realm, who has been stuck in there since 1987. In doing so, Pym and co are going to unleash another villain in the movie with the name of Ghost. Well, you may think that since Ant-Man and the Wasp is a very self-contained movie, it will not have much to do with the larger MCU, but it sure does have that big connection. It will lead right into Avengers 4 and the major plot that Avengers 4 will take from Ant-Man and the Wasp will be the use of Quantum Realm.
So the Quantum Realm is really important for the larger MCU, and director Peyton Reed recently told The Hollywood Reporter exactly that. Here’s what he said:
“The Quantum Realm didn’t exist in Edgar [Wright] and Joe’s [Cornish] original drafts. When [Adam] McKay came on, McKay and Rudd were writing drafts, and McKay also is a big comics nerd. McKay and I were talking about the Microverse. In a movie that had a lot of shrinking, it’d be great to figure out a thing in the third act that for the purposes of that story was almost a cautionary tale. If you turn off the regulator. It allowed us to give Scott Lang his moment of self-sacrifice, where he was going to potentially kill himself to save his daughter. It also occurred to us that we all love that sort of psychedelic side of the Marvel Universe. It’s the Microverse in the comics that we re-named the Quantum Realm for copyright reasons.
It was never a mandate [from Feige], but it was, ‘this would be really cool.’ Also, visually it was really fun. It just happened to make absolute sense for the third act of our first movie. … I think Kevin has this large vision for what the MCU can be, and I know he definitely has a vision for what specific things he ultimately wants to see in it, but there is an awful lot of give and take with the individual filmmakers and stories that feed into that thing.”
Since the Quatum Realm is going to be such a huge deal for the future of the MCU, we can’t seem to imagine that it may actually present some Easter Eggs for the future of the MCU. The previous Ant-Man movie set up this one by giving an Easter Egg right at the end within the Quantum Realm itself. It showed us a silhouette of Janet Van Dyne which only the Eagle Eyed fans could spot in the film.
Now, the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige has actually mentioned the fact that the Quantum Realm will take us a ride that will not only work in the present, but it will also tease the future of the MCU. Here’s what he said in a recent press conference:
“Without giving anything away, we love, you know, these… they’re all storytelling tools; new places, new things. […] There are things that you see back there… that Peyton has put in there – where and how they pay off in the near term, in the long term… remains to be seen.”
It is just amazing how Marvel sets things in the past, and then out of nowhere when people are not assuming, they pick up those Easter Eggs set up in the past, and make entire future plots. Black Panther happened exactly like this. Red Skull returned with the same formula, and now Janet Van Dyne will also come in similarly.
Ant-Man and the Wasp open tomorrow (July 6).