Avengers: Infinity War surprised us earlier this summer, being the first Marvel Studios movie since 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron to not include at least two post-credits sequences. Of course, some fans didn't love this, with many hungry to know as much as possible about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the good news is that Ant-Man And The Wasp doesn't scrimp in the same way. The 20th MCU feature once again has two end credits scenes -- a mid-credits and post-credits -- and it's those sequences we're here to discuss.
Marvel credits scenes have been key in teasing future blockbusters ever since Nick Fury broke into Tony Stark's Malibu home in 2008, and Ant-Man And The Wasp is no exception. In this piece we will not only break down the details of exactly what happens in the new movie's contributions to this franchise legacy, but also examine what they potentially mean for the future. So let's imitate Scott Lang entering the Quantum Realm and dive in, beginning with they extremely important mid-credits scene:
SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains massive spoilers for Ant-Man And The Wasp. If you have not yet seen the film, and don't wish to know major, important details about the ending, please bookmark this page and come back after your screening!
The First Ant-Men And The Wasp's Collaboration Goes Horribly Wrong
Picking up shortly after the end of the film, the mid-credits scene takes us to what appears to be the first real scientific mission on which Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), Hank (Michael Douglas), Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and Scott (Paul Rudd) have embarked together. Their collaboration has led to the creation of a smaller Quantum Tunnel -- one that fits in the back of Luis' old van -- and there is a plan in place to try and help their new friend, Ghost a.k.a. Ava Starr. They need to collect Quantum Realm energy to help the former-antagonist's phasing problem, and the idea is to have Scott go subatomic and collect some in a specialized canister.
Before diving in, Janet, who has more than a little experience in the Quantum Realm, offers Scott some last second advice: avoid the cute-but-deadly Tardigrades, and be wary of time vortexes. The tunnel boots up and Scott dives back to the microscopic realm he visited at the end of the first Ant-Man. At first it seems as though there might be a problem, as Hope's calls to him over their communicator go unanswered, but everyone is relieved when Scott hails them back.
In the Quantum Realm, Scott produces the canister, successfully activates it, and collects all of the energy needed to help Ghost -- basically a second's work. He then calls back to his teammates for retrieval, but he gets no response. The hero believes it to be childish revenge for the extra second he took on the coms earlier, but the audience learns that's definitely not the case. Instead, it's shown that Hope, Hank and Janet have all experienced the extreme consequences featured at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, with Thanos' snap reducing them to dust. Meanwhile, Scott is left stuck in the Quantum Realm with no visible means of escape.
With that, Ant-Man And The Wasp delivers what is unquestionably the most devastating end credits scene in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but as we get into on the next page, the movie does at least have audiences leaving the theater smiling...