After the severe emotional trauma inflicted by Avengers: Infinity War, fans desperately needed something lighthearted, fun, and carefree – something like Ant-Man and the Wasp.But as fun as Ant-Man and the Wasp is, it’s still a Marvel movie, which means subplots, Easter eggs, and hidden meanings galore.
And then there’s that gut-punch mid-credits scene, which builds off of Infinity War to help set up Avengers 4.So what does it all mean? Here’s a spoiler-filled look at the 6 biggest unanswered questions in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
How does the Quantum Realm work?
Even after two movies, the rules of the Quantum Realm and how shrinking works in general are still a bit of a head-scratcher.In the first movie, for instance, we’re told at great length that nobody can return from the sub-atomic Quantum Realm, so needless to say, Scott ends up doing just that.
How? Just by growing, of course.
So, why is it so hard to bring Jan back? They build a whole giant lab, with a quantum tunnel and a special car in order to rescue her, but Scott was able to do the same thing just with basically just his suit.And then there’s the thing about time working differently or not at all in the Quantum Realm.
If that’s the case, though, why did Jan age at the same rate as everyone else during her three decade stay in the quantum realm? How time works in the quantum realm – and what the quantum realm even is seems particularly important because of that mid-credits sequence, which begs the question…
Will Ant-Man defeat Thanos?
During the mid-credits scene, Hank, Jan, and Hope are all turned to dust thanks to Thanos’s finger-snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, leaving Scott seemingly trapped forever inside the quantum realm.But there was another aspect to that scene that gave us a hint at how Ant-Man may play a much larger role in Avengers 4 than people might expect.
Just before turning to dust, Jan gives Scott an explicit warning about avoiding time vortices within the quantum realm.This could be key, as one of the biggest theories about Avengers 4 is that it involves time travel: some of the stars have been seen on-set wearing their costumes from the first Avengers film, only Ant-Man is there with them.So will a time-displaced Ant-Man prove to be the catalyst for Thanos’s downfall? The answer may tie into our next big question…
Will Cassie become a superhero?
At the end of the film, Cassie tells Scott and Hope that when she grows up, she wants to help people, just like her dad.Cute, right? Sure, but it very well may also have been a hint of things to come.
Earlier this year it was announced that the character of Cassie Lang has been recast for Avengers 4, with 16-year-old Emma Fuhrmann taking over for 10-year-old Abby Ryder Fortson.
This not only ties into the rumor that Avengers 4 may involve time travel, it also ties into the history of Cassie Lang in the comics: after her father died, the teenage Cassie decided to continue his superhero legacy by using Pym’s technology to become a size-changing heroine named Stature.
So could Avengers 4 possibly begin six years in the future a future where, believing her father to be dead, Cassie has become a superhero in her own right?
Is Janet connected to Captain Marvel?
When Janet emerges from the quantum realm, we discover that she has evolved, mutated somehow to harness and control the power of the quantum realm.Exactly what she can do with this power is unclear, but it does beg the question: is Janet somehow connected to Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel? See, in the comics, the original Captain Marvel is the Protector of the Universe.
And the traditional weapon of the Protector of the Universe is a powerful weapon called the Quantum Bands, which allow their user to harness and channel the power of the quantum realm.
So will the movie version of Captain Marvel, who is set to debut in March 2019, draw her power from the quantum realm? It would provide a clear link between Ant-Man and Captain Marvel – and explain why Marvel chose these two specific films as the bridge of Avengers 4.
Ghost: hero or villain?
When Ant-Man and the Wasp ends, it seems as though Ghost is healed and on the run, ready to go into hiding with Bill Foster as her only ally.But is she? During the end-credits scene, it’s implied that Scott and the gang need more quantum energy to continue treatment, suggesting that not only is she not healed, she’s also not alone, as the Ant-Man crew has apparently allied with her.
So what will happen with Ghost going forward? If she is ever cured, will she lose her powers, or simply gain control over them? Will she use her powers and her training to become a hero, or will she seek revenge on the government who “weaponized” her? Will we see her, along with all the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, when the characters gather together in Avengers 4? Or will she simply vanish completely like her namesake?
What’s with the crappy new suit?
Finally, one of the stranger aspects of Ant-Man and the Wasp is Scott’s brand new upgraded suit.And by upgraded, we mean it’s a piece of crap.Considering Hank Pym has been hard at work perfecting his technology for two years since the last film, and the fact that the Wasp’s suit has all sorts of cool bells and whistles like wings and blasters, it’s really strange that Scott’s new Ant-Man suit is constantly malfunctioning.
Sure, it leads to all sorts of funny moments where he’s stuck at inconvenient sizes, but it just doesn’t make any sense.Given that seemingly every Marvel hero from Iron Man to Spider-man to Black Panther has an even more high tech suit than Scott, here’s hoping next time we see Ant-Man, he’s wearing something that actually works.