Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters July 6, 2018. The film takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War which leaves a big gap between where we last saw Scott Lang and what his possible involvement will be in the upcoming Untitled Avengers Film due to release next summer.
What we do know is that the events of this film will undoubtedly put together some of the pieces for how the next Avengers will pan out, with this film and Captain Marvel being the only two leading up to the big climax.
*SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR FOLLOW*
Check out the top 5 ways Ant-Man and the Wasp can impact the events leading up to Avengers 4 — official trailer below!
1. The Quantum Realm
Know where a really great place to stick Thanos would be — the quantum realm! If Avengers: Infinity War taught us anything, the Mad Titan is no ordinary villain and certainly cannot be killed so easily. If you can’t kill your enemy, why not toss his ass into an abyss trapped for all eternity? He technically wouldn’t be dead so that gives Marvel the power to bring him back if they happen to make an evil-Avengers one day.
Also, from what we know about the quantum realm, it’s nearly impossible for the human mind to comprehend the experience. We do know that in Ant-Man and the Wasp they make a trip there, potentially finding Hope’s mother, Janet Van Dyne. Based on her LOOOONG time spent in the quantum realm, Janet may have invaluable insight about how to control the realm, considering it’s been decades and she managed to stay alive.
2. Rogue Pym Tech
We get a glimpse of the villain Ghost in the new trailer who seems to have stolen some Pym tech that has her phase shift in an extremely unstable fashion. Perhaps this is an outdated version she managed to get her hands on, or maybe just a project that was deemed too dangerous to continue working on by Pym. However, if they manage to stabilize the phase shift process and regulate the technology, this could be a huge game changer when it comes to locating all those who “got erased” by the infinity gauntlet in Avengers: Infinity War.
We’re all wondering what realm our fallen heroes now exist on, even if that means the afterlife. The ability to control matter and shift through dimensions would not only give our fallen a life-line but potentially a means of bringing them back. *fingers crossed*
3. Size Matters
The embiggening technology we first saw in Civil War is clearly making a pretty huge (har har) impact in this film. For a guy who we last heard was on house-arrest, he certainly isn’t laying low. While the shrinking and growing can easily be played for laughs, I get the feeling after the events of Civil War Scott Lang realizes there’s much more at stake now for people who have abilities. This allows the film to have a sense of maturity despite the apparent humor.
We know Hank Pym has something so valuable he’s hidden it away in a portable office he can scale at will. Could this technology be the answer as to how to control the quantum realm and phase shifting? Doctor Pym is a pretty secretive guy so in the first trailer we saw him shrinking down this building and carrying it away like a travel suitcase. Now, in the official trailer, we see his secret building being scaled back up… which looks like it’s over a river… so maybe it’s being hijacked or someone just didn’t take into account how big it would actually get.
Whatever it is that needs to be under lock and key must be immensely powerful and if harnessed correctly, could prove to be an invaluable tool when Scott and Hope are needed to save the Avengers.
4. It Takes Two
The main song playing in the trailer is “It Takes Two” by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock. While the value of teamwork has always been a theme in Marvel films, this is a pretty in-your-face way of telling us, the audience, that neither Ant-Man or Wasp can succeed without the other. Why does that sense of unity sound so familiar? Oh yeah, it’s what got (almost) everyone killed last week in Infinity War!
If the micro/macro duo can manage to work together on a molecular level, maybe there’s hope (lol Hope) they become one hell of a force to be reckoned with when it’s time to rescue the fallen Avengers. The opening mention in the first trailer of Scott asking Hope if she’d have joined him when Captain America asked for help in Civil War shows that these two aren’t just here to test the waters, they’re here to make a difference.
5. Project Goliath
Welcome to the MCU Laurence Fishburne! The trailer ends with Hank introducing Scott and Hope to his former colleague, Bill Foster, a man who previously harnessed the “Giant-Man” embiggening technology. It seems based on their baseball caps, shades, and black attire, they go to Foster for help once they’re on the lamb. What could Foster possibly have that they need… hmm.. maybe Hank Pym wasn’t the only one stashing away secrets at the lab!