Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War.
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a well oiled machine for a decade, Phase Three has been on another level. Following a slew of successful blockbusters, Avengers: Infinity War changed the entire universe as we knew it. A ton of characters fell during Thanos' rampage on the galaxy, with it unclear exactly who might return from the dead in the still untitled Avengers 4. Ant-Man and The Wasp is going to take place at around the same time as Infinity War, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently teased that it would be an important building block to Avengers 4, especially with the titular heroes. As he tells it,
Now this is exciting. Obviously Ant-Man and The Wasp is a highly anticipated sequel that moviegoers are going to come out for, but hearing the upcoming blockbuster's importance to the greater MCU is icing on the cake.
Kevin Feige shared this tidbit during Marvel's recent featurette for Ant-Man and The Wasp. Marvel fans are obviously hankering for any sort of answers or tie-in to the explosive events of Infinity War, which Ant-Man was noticeably absent for. Exposition mentioned he was on house arrest, although Scott Lang isn't a guy known for following the rules. He'll eventually get into his own pint-sized adventure, but this time with Hope van Dyne as his partner-in-crime. And I mean that literally.
Given the events of Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers are going to need all the help they can get. Josh Brolin's Thanos ultimately succeeded in his quest, and destroyed half the galaxy with the snap of his finger. Add on the character deaths before the snap, and there is a mass of losses on the side of the good guys. While Nick Fury signaled Captain Marvel's arrival during the film's post-credits scene, something tells me Ant-Man and The Wasp are going to be similarly crucial for Avengers 4.
One popular fan theory is that the Quantum Realm will somehow factor into time travel or alternate universes. This would allow the surviving Avengers to hopefully rewrite history, or at least get some back up in order to take Thanos out once and for all. The Quantum Realm is mostly a vague concept at this point, but Michelle Pfeiffer's Janet van Dyne will somehow re-enter the narrative, likely bringing the capabilities of the Quantum Realm with her.
Early reception for Ant-Man and The Wasp is very positive, with the movie reportedly featuring A+ post-credits scenes that hopefully connect the film to Avengers 4. We'll just have to wait and see.
Ant-Man and The Wasp will arrive in theaters on July 6, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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