Ant-Man and the Wasp has come out into the theatres and starting to gain ground at the Box office. The timeline of the movie is set in the aftermath of Civil War when Scott Lang aka Ant-Man joined Team Cap but got captured by the authorities. He accepted a plea deal offered by the government instead of fleeing as a fugitive despite having a chance.
Well, in the sequel, he got the new mission where he has to go into the Quantum realm along with Wasp to rescue Janet Van Dyne (Pym’s wife). This was the most challenging aspect for the makers to revisit this mysterious dimension. In Ant-Man, Hank Pym defined Quantum realm as “the reality where all concepts of time and space become irrelevant”.
As it turned out, Hank Pym was slightly wrong as Janet Van Dyne couldn’t have then returned to the physical world different than when she entered. Feige explained that it is a more complex phenomenon and there are many layers to the sub-atomic realm i.e deeper you go, more the laws of time and space cease to apply. For instance, Janet Van Dyne was rescued from “Wastelands beyond the void” which wasn’t the deepest layer there is. Hence, she did age but it’s not comparable with Hank Pym.
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.”
This is not the first time that Marvel is dealing with weird sci-fi concepts in their movies. In fact, GOTG franchise is the definition of “sci-fi weirdness”. Further, the director Peyton Reed said that there were a host of easter-eggs pertaining to Quantum realm that audience may have missed, 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.”
When asked if these easter-eggs have potential ties or link with Avengers 4 or future Ant-Man flicks, he said:
“I can’t say really what are seeds about Avengers 4, or about a potential other Ant Man movie, but I can say that things are definitely in a movie for a reason. I will say that. Whether it’s an actual Easter egg, or whether it’s a misdirect, and I’m very proud of you for sighting the art of misdirection, because it was something that we definitely talked about a lot and became a fanatic in the movie.”
The movie packs a solid 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 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”.