Apart from the sequel to hit 2015’s Ant-Man, another reason why we were waiting eagerly for Ant-Man and Wasp to be released is to see and understand how the mysterious dimension ‘Quantum Realm’ actually works. The movie did a great job of giving us a crash course on the rules and distortions that one should know before entering into this whole new world (literally).
In the Ant-Man and Wasp, Scott Lang is re-hired by Hank Pym to undertake a mission of rescuing his wife Janet Van Dyne who has been stuck for decades in the Quantum realm. His daughter Hope Van Dyne aka Wasp accompanied him in the mission. They first have to locate Janet and then safely extract her through a special pod designed by Pym.
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 wasn’t exactly the way he defined it as his wife Janet Van Dyne couldn’t have then returned to the real physical world in a different state than when she entered.
The Marvel President Kevin Feige explained that it is a more complex phenomenon and there are layers upon layers to the sub-atomic realm. Hence, the deeper you go, more the laws of physics 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 its 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.”
The director Peyton Reed said that there were a lot of easter-eggs and references connected to Quantum realm. 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.”
In the post-credits scenes, Scott Lang aka Ant-Man is sent into the Quantum realm one more time to fetch quantum energy to heal Ava. He sent the communication to the physical world to extract him as he successfully collected the mysterious particles required, but there was no response whatsoever. The next scene is in the real world, where Thanos had snapped his fingers resulting in death of entire Pym family, while Ant-Man is left stranded.
We know that he will escape the Quantum realm as the set images of Avengers 4 show him in the physical world. But how will he do that? Well, Janet Van Dyne aka Original Wasp told Lang to avoid getting stuck in the time vortexes as they are dangerously unstable, but they can also be the pathway to travel to any time at any point of time. Let’s wait for Avengers 4 to come out next year.
The brief plot synopsis for Avengers 4 has been released, read it below:
“A culmination of 22 interconnected films, the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”
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