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How Ant-Man and The Wasp Sets Up Ant-Man 3

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WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp, in theaters today.

Ant-Man and the Wasp may have just hit theaters, but it’s already time to look forward at what we may see next from this corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thanks to a very ominous after-credits scene, casual fans may be wondering if an Ant-Man and Wasp sequel is even possible. Well, let us endeavor to shed a little light on the matter, as well as how other MCU films may affect the plot of the follow-up.

This movie focuses on Hank Pym, his daughter Hope (aka Wasp), and Scott Lang (aka Ant-Man) locating and rescuing Hank's wife and Hope's mother Janet van Dyne from the Quantum Realm. The biggest impediment to this mission is Ava Starr aka Ghost, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who is looking to drain Janet’s quantum energy to heal her fatal condition. Then there is also Sonny Murch, a black market tech dealer who is after Hank Pym’s shrinkable lab.

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Even though our heroes find Janet and bring her back to the regular world by the end of the film, there are a number of plot threads left dangling. With Cassie mentioning she wants to be her dad’s superhero partner at two separate times in the film, it seems like a given that she'll eventually grow into (no pun intended) her comic book role as the size shifting hero Stature. Of course, that evolution may be saved for a potential Young Avengers film, as she is a staple of the team.

There is also the unfinished business of Sonny Burch’s clients who wanted to “buy” all Pym’s tech. While Burch is behind bars, he implied that his clients don’t take “no” for an answer. Considering we never meet them, we could find out who these nefarious money figures are in a sequel.

Obviously the mid-credits scene give us the most info about what is next for these characters. The two-minute scene sees the Ant Family (Hank, Janet, Hope and Scott) with a new goal: to heal Ava, aka the movie's main antagonist, Ghost. Considering Bill Foster refused to leave Ava’s side, it's implied he is likely still involved, too. They have created a miniaturized quantum tunnel, and Scott has been sent in to collect energy from the quantum healing field. He manages to achieve his objective, but when he tells the trio to enlarge him, he gets no response. Turns out, this is because they're casualties of Thanos’ finger snap from Avengers: Infinity War. So, putting aside the deaths, which will most assuredly be undone in Avengers 4, a sequel may very well feature some sort of closure for Ava and Bill's story.

Further, the mention of the Goliath Project and Bill’s tales of growing to 21 feet tall are perfect Easter eggs to follow up on. The prospect of seeing Goliath flashbacks with Foster in a comic-accurate suit seems too good to pass up on. In fact, there seems to be plenty of fan interest in learning more about Hank and Janet in their S.H.I.E.L.D. days -- maybe rather than Ant-Man and the Wasp 3, we might get a "zero issue" prequel instead.

Opening Friday nationwide, 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.

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