The Avengers: Endgame trailer brought forward a whole lot of mysteries for us to unravel. But some of those Mysteries were rather created by us than being intended by Marvel. One of those is the time/year in which Scott Lang reaches the Avengers facility, which we see at the end of the trailer. While it is obvious that Scott Lang is in the present day, there are some details that make people believe that he went to the past.
If you look at the top left corner of the footage when Scott arrives at the front door of the Facility, you see “Archive” written there. But it is tough to decipher what is written beside that. People believe that it is 1983. So, taking this as evidence, people actually ended up believing that this is archival footage back in 1983.
But, believing this is a mess created by us and no one else. Scott just cannot be back in the past and here’s every evidence to suggest why he is in the present, trying to get buzzed into the Avengers facility believing Captain America is in there.
If we focus upon Natasha in this particular scene, she gives a reply which more or less makes it clear that Scott Lang is indeed in the present. When Cap asks whether this is an old Footage, she simply replies that “it’s the front door,” which means that it is coming live from the front door.
Another evidence we see is that jacked that Widow is wearing. If you look closely, she seems to be wearing the same jacket that we see her wearing earlier in the trailer when she explains what Thanos did to a mysterious personality.
Well, that mystery person could more likely be Scott Lang itself because while the Decimation event happened, Scott was in the Quantum Realm, so Nat would probably be giving him the quick recap of everything he missed in the present day. This also means that the scene we see in the middle of the trailer actually comes later on when Scott has reached the Avengers facility.
Scott was stuck in the Quantum Realm when we last saw him. It is believed that he may have used a time vortex which may have spat him out in a time that was not in his immediate present. Now we are here to prove that he isn’t in the past because he drove his Van to the Avengers facility.
Now you should ask yourself that where exactly did you see the Van last time? The answer to that is that it was on the roof, and the Quantum Tunnel was actually in it. So, if Lang travels back to the past, then how is it that the Van travelled with him?
So, the answer you’re looking for here is that Scott only travelled a few days into the future, and the Van could have been right where it was left by the decimated Pyms. So when he gets out in the future, he does not find the Pyms anywhere and rushes straight to the Avengers facility with Louis’ Van in the present day of the Avengers.
Cap then gets completely shocked because as shown earlier in the trailer where Bruce is looking at mission people, the Avengers would have figured that Scott would have also turned to Dust. So seeing him in the present is the only thing that shocks Captain America, and forces a question about the footage being old.
What Scott says
Now, Scott may not be the smartest person in the MCU, but he is surely smart enough to figure out that he has travelled more than 3 decades in the past. Everything back then would have been quite different. So, he wouldn’t go to an Avengers facility and ask for Captain America who as everyone knows was frozen under the ice in 1983. He talking about the Airport battle wouldn’t make any sense since the battle would not have happened for another 33-34 years.
Explanation for “Archive” and “1983”
The archive written on the top doesn’t necessarily mean that the footage is in the archives. It could actually mean that there’s an option for Steve and Nat to archive the live recording footage, or the footage is currently archiving itself as it gets recorded. The “1983” is in fact very difficult to deduce, as it could not even be written “1983” in the first place. Some fans have suggested that the term beside Archive is actually IS03. This could be any technical term for a piece of tech or a certain software, or probably the camera from which the footage is being recorded.
So, Ant-Man is in the present and nothing any theory suggests could change that! Avengers: Endgame comes out on April 26.