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The trailer for Ant-Man & The Wasp has finally been released and it may be teasing the potential direction of Avengers 4!
Director Payton Reed’s sequel to his 2015 hit that introduced the smallest (and sometimes biggest) Avenger to the MCU seemingly takes place in the interim between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. The events of Civil War have a heavy consequence on Scott Lang; he was placed behind bars in the Raft for his role in fighting for Team Cap and was subsequently rescued by Steve Rogers before Cap sought refuge in Wakanda.
It seems like Scott returned to his normal life in San Francisco and reunited with his beloved daughter Cassie before fleeing with Hank Pym and his daughter Hope Van Dyne.
In the opening scenes of the trailer, Scott and Hope discuss the life-changing time he spent battling with and against the Avengers:
Scott says: “I just have one question. When Cap needed help, if I’d asked you, would you have come?”
Hope: “I guess we’ll never know. But if you had, you’d have never been caught.”
This dialogue is instantly followed by scenes of Scott becoming Giant-Man in Civil War. Hope’s prediction that if she had been with Scott, he never would have been sent to the Raft comes off as a potential clue and a gripping tease of what’s to happen next in Avengers 4 next year: Will we get to see the superhero battle royale once again in the fourth Avengers movie, but in a different fashion? And is Hope wrong – will we finally know what everything would have become if the Wasp had joined Ant-Man to answer Captain America’s call?
Avengers 4 is expected to be different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s past superhero team-up blockbusters since it will involve time travel. Summer 2019’s greatest Marvel flick seems to revisit events from the MCU in prior movies and crucial moments from the past. It may even alter the history we’ve already witnessed, to perhaps set the stage for the eventual coming of the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Nevertheless, there’s going to be some timey-traveling shenanigans.
As for Ant-Man, getting to fight with the Avengers in Civil War was a life-changing moment in his newfound career as a superhero. It cleared the way for the wider Marvel universe for him and set the stage for his future to help the Avengers battle Thanos in the upcoming Infinity War. Yet, Ant-Man and Team Cap lost that fight and paid quite a huge price for it.
Similar to what Spider-Man: Homecoming did for Peter Parker, Ant-Man & The Wasp appears to delve into what that experience meant to Scott Lang and how it shaped him irrevocably; not just as a person but how it turned Scott’s current status into a ‘war criminal’ in violation of the Sokovia Accords and a fugitive on the lam. In spite of Scott’s legal woes, it’s telling just from his conversation with Hope in the trailer that he wishes he had turned to Hope to battle at his side in Berlin. Hope could have made all the difference for him and changed the outcome.
Hope Van Dyne isn’t expected to show up in Infinity War alongside Scott Lang so she’s missing out on the next Avengers arc. But Ant-Man & The Wasp debuts two months after Thanos arrives to assemble the Infinity Gauntlet and seems to have a major impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So it’s no surprise that Ant-Man 2 would tease the Wasp and get fans excited to see more of her actions in Avengers 4.
When Hope finally does encounter the Avengers in 2019, it’s likely it will involve going back to that vital day in Berlin so that the Wasp can join the fray on the side of Team Cap. Then we could see a whole new, fun spin on Civil War, and maybe we will know if Hope was right that Scott would have never been caught if she’d been there. Whatever fate lays on Ant-Man and the Wasp in their team-up, Avengers 4’s time travel may even end up turning those wrongs right.