Earlier, we went in depth about how many end credits scenes are on Ant-Man and the Wasp. Spoiler alert: there are two. But in this article, we’re gonna dive into a bit of speculation, specifically what those post-credits nuggets mean for the future of Marvel Studios. First though, in case you do need the Ant-Man credits explained, a brief recap.
And in case it wasn’t clear: ****MASSIVE SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT***
Ant-Man And The Wasp Post Credits Explained
As mentioned, there are two post-credits sequences in Ant-Man and the Wasp. The second one shows a drum-playing ant chilling in Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) house after Thanos (Josh Brolin) has eliminated half the sentient life in the universe during the events of Avengers: Infinity War.
The first, which is much more important, shows Scott getting trapped in the Quantum Realm after Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) get Thanos-snapped out of existence. What’s important to note here is that A) Scott is still alive heading into the next phase of the Marvel movie universe, and B) Hank warns him that if he spends too long in the Quantum Realm, he could become unstuck in time.
Unfortunately for Scott (but perhaps fortunately for the Marvel universe), he doesn’t have any clear way to get out of the Quantum Realm.
Ant-Man Post Credits Explained: What They Mean For The Marvel Movie Timeline
Potentially, it means a total (or partial) reboot. In Infinity War, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) said that of the billions of possibilities in the fight against Thanos, there was only one way to beat him. Then 50% of everyone turned into dust. We know at least some, if not all of the folks are coming back (Spider-Man: Far From Home will be SUPER boring if Spidey is a dust pile), and time travel might provide the key.
In fact, we know that we’ll see scenes from the past 10 years of the MCU, though we don’t know how. Loki is coming back, which is pretty surprising given Thanos broke his neck at the beginning of Infinity War.
So here’s a theory! In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Janet is able to effectively possess Scott through the Quantum Realm, and literally put him in her body, but back in time. What if Scott is able to do the same thing? He doesn’t exactly know what’s happened to the outside world, but he could jump through the heroes of the Marvel U using the same possession technique.
Only catch: nobody really knows who Scott is, even after the events of Captain America: Civil War. So he’d have to find the right person and tell them the right things in order to reset time. Or soft reboot time, at the very least.
Point being, this theory depends on Thanos snapping so that Scott can get lost in the Quantum Realm, and all of this being part of Strange’s plan.
Ant-Man Post Credits Explained: What They Mean For Captain Marvel
Probably not a lot, to be honest. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) may be the key to beating Thanos in the present, but her movie takes place in the ’90s. Could Scott time travel there? Sure. But given the post-credits sequence in Infinity War, it’s more reasonable to think that Ant-Man and the Wasp won’t impact Captain Marvel in any real way… Unless we get a hint of time-traveling, possession Scott in a post-credits sequence in that movie.
Ant-Man Post Credits Explained: What They Mean For Avengers 4
Big things, I’d venture. Like I said above, we know Ant-Man will show up in Avengers 4. We also know time travel, or some sort of recap of scenes from the MCU will play a part. We also strongly suspect that Ant-Man will get unstuck in time. So whether he jumps into the Battle of New York to warn Captain America (Chris Evans) about Thanos, or just sees a series of scenes, the tiniest Avengers should have a big role to play, going forward.
And if we’re right, Scott Lang, professional screw-up, may be able to fix the entire universe.
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