Should you stick around after the credits?

Posted July 07, 2018

While any temporal journeying could be the result of the Time Stone now in possession of Thanos, it could also come from Ant-Man's inter-dimensional travels in the Quantum Realm that leads into a time vortex. It's all very impressive, but it's also nice to take a little breather once in awhile and enjoy some good old-fashioned, low-stakes superhero action - and fittingly, that's just where Marvel's smallest heroes come in.

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Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and the Wasp stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Peña as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Judy Greer as Maggie, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Hannah John-Kamen as the Ghost, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne. But while he is in the Quantum Realm, he loses contact with the Pym family. We also learned that spending enough time in the Quantum Realm alters one physiology and can imbue a person with the ability to control-or at least manipulate-quantum particles in people's bodies. When the scene goes back to Earth, it's revealed the three have been erased as a result of Thanos' finger snap in Avengers: Infinity War.

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I bet you didn't see this one coming, folks! It isn't obvious that the Quantum Realm of the movies is the same thing, especially considering they chose to call it something else. Black Panther was then followed-up with the biggest Marvel event movie to date - Avengers: Infinity War. Ant-Man shrinks, entering the quantum realm via a "quantum tunnel", gathers the particles, and asks to get sized back up. As Hank mentions, it's a place where human notions of time and space are "irrelevant", and current theories of quantum mechanics suggest such a place could be a gateway between alternate dimensions and even alternate times or timelines. That's a lot of action for a single sequel, and critics say Ant-Man and the Wasp definitely doesn't lack moving parts, but director Peyton Reed manages to wrangle them all into a fun, amusing pause between senses-shattering rounds of the war with Thanos. Obviously, part of Avengers 4 is going to have to deal with Scott either getting out of or going further into the Quantum Realm. Essentially, it revolves around the film's post-credits sequence, and how it may contain a subtle nod to one of the MCU's greatest ever villains.

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