Earlier this year on July 6, Marvel released its twentieth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series, AntMan and Wasp. This release came just months after what was arguably one of the darkest Marvel movies to date, Avengers: Infinity War. Fans, left with a heavy heart and tons of questions, highly anticipated the Ant-Man sequel. And it did not disappoint.
So without further ado, here’s the list of the five things we’ve learned about the MCU from one of Marvel’s most shocking films to-date:
Before you go any further, please note that there are spoilers from this point on! So if you haven’t seen the movie, this is your warning to turn back before it’s too late.
Why Scott Lang was Absent in Avengers: Infinity War
If you’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War, you probably noticed that Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, was nowhere to be found. And if you’re like the rest of the fandom, you’re probably asking yourself why. Well, here’s the answer:
The occurrences in AntMan and Wasp happen at the same time as Avengers: Infinity War.
How do we know that the two movies occur at the same time? Well for starters, we have that ever-shocking credit scene. You know, the one that shattered the lighthearted vibe of the entire rest of the movie and left you with your jaw on the floor?
Basically, at the end of the third Avengers movie, the Snap occurs thanks to the evil villain, Thanos. That snap wiped out half of every living thing in the universe – including superheroes. You would think with an occurrence that life-altering, Earth would show some type of devastation. But throughout the majority of the Ant-Man movie, there isn’t even a hint of something that catastrophic happening. That is, until the credits.
During the first of two credit scenes, we see chaos ensue. Living beings turned to dust in a matter of mere seconds. This gives us our first indication that the two movies happened at the same time. But if that’s not solid enough proof, we do have another key indicator that is nearly irrefutable.
You might remember in the Avengers movie when Black Widow explained why Hawkeye and Ant-Man weren’t on the run with the rest of them. She explained that the two heroes had decided to turn themselves into the government so they could be with their families.
Well, we find out at the beginning of the movie that this is a true statement. Ant-Man is home on house arrest. Meaning that the time when Black Widow had said that, and the time Ant-Man is on house arrest, are in the same general timeframe. Also imputing that the events that follow in Ant-Man would take place around the same time as well.
When we take these two points together, we have an air-tight explanation for why Ant-Man wasn’t in the latest Avengers movie. He was a little busy.
Why Hank and Hope are on the Run
Another interesting thing we learn in AntMan and Wasp is that Hank and Hope are on the run.
If you don’t know already, Hank Pym is the creator of the Ant-Man suit. The same Ant-Man suit that Scott Lang stole in the Captain America: Civil War movie. If you remember correctly, Scott Lang stole the suit in that film to assist Captain America.
The suit is a mighty suit, to say the least. So powerful, in fact, that the German government had considered it to be a superpower. And, at the time of the Captain America movie, the UN was trying to pass the Sokovia Accords. The passing of such would allow the UN to have a panel to oversee the Avengers.
What that meant was that superpowers were illegal for individual use. But because they considered the power of the Ant-Man suit to be on par with superpowers, it was also considered illegal. The government placed the responsibility of oversight on Hank because he was the suit’s creator. But Hank disagreed, hence why they were on the run.
Hank is Angry with Scott
The third thing we learn from the Ant-Man sequel was that Hank Pym is angry with Scott Lang.
If you remember back to the first Ant-Man movie, there was a scene involving Hank and Howard Stark when they both worked at the same division of SHIELD. Hank had created what he called Pym Particles, and Stark was trying to replicate them.
When SHIELD had sent Hank off to Moscow, Hank had become paranoid, so he returned, only to find a pile of poorly made Pym Particles. We know that Stark had been trying to recreate his particles, which is why Hank ended up leaving SHIELD.
It didn’t go so well for Howard Stark, but that didn’t stop Hank from getting upset when he learned that Scott Lang had used the suit to fight in Captain America: Civil War.
But why did that make him so mad? Well, Captain America was fighting against none other than Howard Stark’s son, Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Thus Scott had put the suit’s technology (and Pym Particles) in danger of potentially falling into the wrong hands.
Time Travel Could be a Possibility in Upcoming Marvel Films
Our fourth point is something not everyone picked up on immediately. But there was one significantly out-of-place quote that leads some fans to believe that time travel could be a possibility in forthcoming Marvel films. More specifically, in the fourth installment The Avengers.
So here’s the deal: in the middle of the credits scene at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp, right when Ant-Man is about to go through the quantum tunnel, Janet makes a noticeably unnatural comment. She warns, “Don’t get sucked into a time vortex.”
Another interesting point, she says this right before she, Hope, and Hank all disintegrate thanks to Thanos. What unusual last words. Could it be possible that she was foreshadowing the use of time travel to help revive those lost by the snap?
That’s the theory some fans have come up with, and this isn’t the first time this concept has been brought up. Coincidentally (or maybe not so), the idea of transcending the barriers of time has been brought up before in the first Ant-Man movie. However, the consensus is that this concise quote from Janet is the most explicit regarding this topic.
Could that be because the time is drawing near in which Marvel will use the mind-boggling concept in its future movies? The harmonious answer seems to be a resounding yes.
The Role of the Soul Stone
The last thing on our list of things we’ve learned from Ant-Man and the Wasp is yet another thing not many people picked up on, and it’s a bit dense.
So we know that Thanos had something called an Infinity Gauntlet which is what enabled him to snap his fingers and wipe out half of the universe. And we know that the snap occurred after he got the last Infinity Stone. We also know that one of the Infinity Stones that he had was something called the Soul Stone.
The Soul Stone is an orange stone that “allows the bearer to manipulate the souls and send them to the Soul World.” This piece of knowledge automatically raises a question: why is that a part of the Infinity Gauntlet?
The theory is that, because the person wielding the Soul Stone changes where the souls go, those who Thanos’ snap destroyed weren’t completely obliterated, but rather their souls were sent to the Soul World.
If this is true, it would mean that what needs to be done to bring back the superheroes that died includes going to the Soul World. But it gets even crazier. Some are saying that the Soul World is actually the Quantum Realm – the same place Ant-Man is stuck in at the end of the movie.
Why are some speculating this? Because in the credit scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott Lang is seen being surrounded by orange orbs. Orbs have been a symbol for departed souls long throughout history, and the fact that they’re orange gives them even further ties to the Soul Stone.
But what’s more interesting is that, after we know that the snap has occurred, a significantly larger amount of orbs appear in the Quantum Realm around Scott Lang. This would imply that the Quantum Realm is indeed the Soul World and that the souls of those affected by Thanos are trapped there.
Of course, that is just speculation, but it doesn’t negate the appearance of the orange orbs appearing and shooting around Scott. And I don’t think Marvel would put it in there just to waste budget money.
So there you have it: five more things we learned about the intricate Marvel Cinematic Universe, all thanks to Ant-Man and the Wasp.