WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp, in theaters now.
While we were laughing along as Scott Lang embarked on his latest adventure as Ant-Man, while we enjoyed the ride as Hope Pym suited up as The Wasp and the two superheroes teamed up to fight the Ghost, we almost forgot the dangers that lay ahead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. The lighthearted movie was a welcome departure from the grim events of Avengers: Infinity War, but it wasn't long before the seriousness came back around in the mid-credits scene of Ant-Man and The Wasp.
The tag may have started out light, but we couldn't help but feel a sense of foreboding as Hope, Hank and Janet prepared Scott to go for a quick trip into the Quantum Realm. The mission was simple: Go in, grab a bit of Quantum energy to help Ghost, and get out. But when Scott is ready for extraction, there's no one on the other end of the Quantum Tunnel. The audience was reminded of the gravity of Infinity War as Thanos' fateful finger snap caught up to Ant-Man and The Wasp, or vice versa. The entire Pym family crumbles to dust, and Scott is left alone in the Quantum Realm, seemingly trapped. As shocking as that development may be, it leads to a question that may be worth exploring: Was being in the Quantum Realm what protected Scott Lang from becoming another victim of Thanos?
Scott may have the most fortunate timing in the entire MCU. At the moment Thanos finally collected the six Infinity Stones and snapped his fingers, the Mad Titan's goal to wipe out half of all life in the universe came to fruition. But here's the thing: We don't actually know the extent of the villain's genocidal act. We know he purged half the population of the universe, in a bid to restore balance; his finger snap wiped out humans and aliens alike and, we assume, animal life as well. But did Thanos' reach extend to the subatomic level?
It's possible he understood he shouldn't interfere with life on a quantum level. That would, therefore, mean that Scott Lang was saved because he was in the Quantum Realm at the right time. Of course, there's no way to know whether Scott would have been dusted as well, were he full-sized alongside Hope, Hank and Janet, at the moment of the snap. But it does make you wonder. In Ant-Man and The Wasp, we learn the Quantum Realm has a different set of rules than the normal reality. The laws of physics are different down there, and the energies that constitute the realm operate on a different level. That may mean the finger snap didn't reach the Quantum Realm, or that it wasn't able to affect that alternate dimension.
If Scott's survival depended entirely on timing, then it may be why he will play an important role in the upcoming Avengers 4. Hope, Hank and Janet are gone, and now Ant-Man may be key to the defeat of Thanos. He may be trapped in the Quantum Realm, but we have a feeling he will find a way to get out. Perhaps even Doctor Strange saw Scott survive the finger snap in his multiple viewings of possible futures. If that is the case, then it means Scott is part of the endgame. For all we know, the weight of the entire universe might rest on his tiny, tiny shoulders.
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.