The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s final film of 2018, Antman and the Wasp, recently hit theatres and after a stellar storyline that showed the smallest Avenger saving the day, we got the post-credit scene that we were dreading since the end of Infinity War.
Warning: This article contains major spoilers for Infinity War and Antman and the Wasp
After the very happy ending that depicted Hank Pym escaping the Quantum Realm with his wife, Jan, unscathed and Ghost being cured of her uncontrollable phasing, Marvel reminded us of the bigger, more depressing picture.
As is the norm for MCU films, we got two after-credits scenes out of Antman and the Wasp. The first scene takes us to events that happen directly after Jan’s escape from the Quantum Realm. The team (Scott, Jan, Hank, and Hope) is standing around a van, which is conveniently holding the bridge to the Quantum Realm in its trunk space. Scott is planning to make the jump in order to bring back more of the healing “quantum particles” for their “friend,” who we can assume is Ghost.
Scott isn’t using the ship that Hank used when he rescued Jan, opting to jump in his Antman suit alone. Unfortunately, as soon as he goes microscopic Scott loses all communication with the team. At first, he thinks they’re playing some kind of sick prank, but after moments pass and the silence continues panic sets in.
As Scott starts to realize that he’s stuck in the Quantum Realm, the camera pans back out to the van, where we find out that the team has been turned into dust, courtesy of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet finger snap.
So what does this mean for Avengers 4? The film’s writers have dropped hints that Antman will play a huge role in next year’s MCU blockbuster, but now we know that Scott is stuck in the Quantum Realm with no way out, no way to communicate with the outside world, and no one who even knows that he’s in there. Do we even know of anyone who knows about the Quantum Realm outside of Hank, Jan, and Hope?
The second post-credit scene doesn’t give us much else to go on. The scene shows an emergency broadcast is playing on Scott’s television and the huge ant that covered for him while he was evading house arrest is still playing those drums.
All we can do now is sit around and ponder the possibilities of how Scott and the Quantum Realm’s mystical powers will be incorporated in Avengers 4. Fortunately, we’re not completely in the dark; we learned that quantum particles can alter reality and have the ability to create or reverse the phasing of matter between parallel universes. We also learned that continued exposure to quantum particles can give someone the ability to control some form of quantum energy (Jan).
There’s also a possibility that the Quantum Realm is a completely separate space that cannot be affected by the powers of the infinite stones, which would be a pretty great ace-in-the-hole to have considering who our heroes are up against.
One thing that we know for certain is that Scott will somehow find a way out of the Quantum Realm; there probably wouldn’t be an Avengers 4 if the tale of Antman ended with him being stuck there forever. Not to mention that there have been photos of Scott strutting around with ‘Cap’ and Ironman on the set of Avengers 4.
It’s entirely possible that when he manages to escape, Scott will have some form of quantum particle control. Antman will also have all of the quantum particles that he sucked up before he lost communication with the rest of his team. If quantum particles can alter reality it’s possible that they have the power to counteract Thanos’ extermination finger snap. If our favorite heroes were dissolved, maybe quantum particles can…undissolve them? Or if the Infinity Gauntlet didn’t necessarily kill everyone who turned to dust but rather sent them to another universe (or dimension), maybe quantum power can reach in and pluck them out.
Luckily we’re talking about how a superhero that can shrink to the size of an ant can use a magical particle to reverse the evil doings of a guy with purple skin who just turned half of the universe into Voldemort at the end of Deathly Hallows Pt. 2. The possibilities of how Marvel will go about reversing what Thanos has done are limitless. Perhaps quantum particles can send Scott back in time. Or maybe they’ll give him the ability to travel to an alternate reality where the Avengers weren’t vaporized so they can beat Thanos and bring our heroes back.
Discussions like these are why bringing comic books to the big screen is so amazing. Not only does it perpetuate nerd culture, it funds the future of superheroes and comic book creation. No one can wait for Avengers 4, but it’s going to be exciting to see how Antman and Captain Marvel work together (with the help of the handy dandy quantum particles) to save the day.
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