It won’t be wrong to say that Ant-Man and The Wasp has come across as an anti-timeline film for Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it has released after Avengers: Infinity War, but, features incidents that took place before Infinity War. Therefore, despite Ant-Man and The Wasp being a standalone story, it is not surprising that the film’s post-credits scenes help in linking the movie with the Avengers: Infinity War events.
Ant-Man and The Wasp has two post-credits scenes, and you can read the breakdown of both the scenes below. Remember, this is where SPOILERS start, and this is your last point of return if you don’t wish to get spoiled.
The mid-credits scene of the film begins where Ant-Man and The Waspends, and it shows Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) trying to help revive Ghost (Ava Starr). Their mission makes it necessary for Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to go back into the Quantum Realm, to collect, contain and recover some quantum energy which will come handy to undo the quantum damage suffered by Ghost. Scott uses Hank’s Quantum Tunnel to enter the Quantum Realm, but, sadly, it was a terrible piece of timing!
After he managed to get hold of the required energy, Scott called out to the team Pym out there to retrieve him. He repeatedly tried contacting them, but, got no answer. The camera then shows the physical world where instead of Hank, Hope, and Janet, all that is seen is dust floating around. This scene took place towards the end of Avengers: Infinity War and “Battle of Wakanda” leading to the sad elimination of the Pym clan by the infamous Thanos finger snap, and it left Scott stranded in the Quantum Realm.
The dilemma here was to see how Ant-Man would come out of the Quantum Realm without being helped by the Pyms, and whether it was due to his being in Quantum Realm that saved Scott or he just happened to be one of the random survivors. In case the Quantum Realm saved him then this alternate dimension will have great role in Avengers 4.
In the last post-credits scene of the movie, something funny is attempted, but, it might also be the most upsetting scene of the whole film.
The scene takes us back to Scott’s home, where he was in a house arrest during the movie’s events. The house is empty and eerily silent, barring the loud sound of the Emergency Broadcast System on TV, clarifying that this is a scene after “The Snap” which wiped out half of the life from the universe. The funny bit happens when it is shown that the giant ant which Scott had used as his replacement while he sneaked out from the house arrest is alive and doing well, continuing with the drums practice as per the routine.
The notable thing here is that this was the first visual of the MCU after “The Snap,” and before the events of Avengers 4. It is a time window which will fascinate the Marvel fans for a long time to come, and a window that Marvel Studios might explore in their future films.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is out in theaters now and up next will be Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019, Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5th, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.