WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp, in theaters now.
In keeping with traditional Marvel Studios fashion, Ant-Man and the Wasp has not one, but two post-credits sequences. The first, more serious one, has some pretty major ties to April's Avengers: Infinity War, while the second is a fun scene... that is still totally dark when you stop and think about it.
Ant-Man and the Wasp ends with Janet Van Dyne having returned successfully from the Quantum Realm thanks to her ingenuity and the collaboration of Team Ant-Man (Scott Lang, Hope Van Dyne, Hank Pym). And while the main film ends on a happy note, with the two couples enjoying life, the first post-credits sequence totally ruins the mood.
It opens with Scott Lang preparing to journey back into the Quantum Realm via a mobile transporter to obtain "healing particles" for Ghost. From this, we can assume that Janet's cure of Ava was only temporary, that she might regularly need a refill of particles from the Quantum Realm to remain stable. Of course, this leads us to believe that Ghost is now an ally of the group, which could surely factor into future sequels.
So Scott Lang makes it into the Quantum Realm and establishes contact with Hank, Janet and Hope, when the contact line goes mysteriously quiet. There's a foreboding sense of dread, and Scott begins to panic while attempting to communicate with them.
That's when the camera cuts behind the transporter setup, and we see three clouds of dust. Yep, that's right, Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne and Hope Van Dyne are all seemingly victims of Thanos' snap from the closing moments of Avengers: Infinity War.
This means that heading into Avengers 4, Ant-Man is trapped in the Quantum Realm. Now, could this be resolved as simply as Ghost or Bill Foster not getting snapped, realizing what's happened and going to Scott's aid? Sure, but we imagine it's going to be quite a trial for the Avengers to make contact with Scott, who is supposed to play an integral part of the next film.
Ant-Man and the Wasp's second post-credits was actually sort of spoiled in the movie's trailers. Throughout the film, a giant ant sports Scott Lang's house arrest ankle monitor so that Lang can go adventuring with Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne. So, in acting just as Scott would, we see the giant ant playing on the electronic drum kit that Scott has in his house.
Weirdly enough, this scene is edited from its original appearance in the trailers, since it actually takes place after Thanos' snap. Yep, that's right, we're to assume Marvel Studios used its CGI-misdirecting (see: Hulk in Avengers: Infinity War) skills to remove an ankle monitor from a giant ant so that it wouldn't spoil the fact that the world is ending while this ant plays the drums.
How do we know the snap has happened? Well, the house is ominously quiet, and we here sirens and see the emergency broadcast system scroll across a television in the show. It's weird, it's dark but it's actually kind of funny considering we just watched three iconic heroes turn to dust.
Will this giant ant have any bearing on the future of the MCU? Probably not, but as far as post-credits scenes go, it was a fun sendoff to a movie packed with just that, tons of fun.
In theaters now, director Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and The Wasp stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Randall Park and Walton Goggins.