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The first trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp has confirmed the film’s setting, and it could have a huge impact on the conclusion to Avengers: Infinity War.
The first footage of the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man didn’t seem to reveal all that much, as it focused much more on the titular hero’s new partner the Wasp than it did on the movie’s actual plot. That said, today’s trailer did reveal a bit about the MCU origins of the movie’s villain, Ghost, and it also confirmed a surprising fact about when the movie takes place.
It appears that Ant-Man and the Wasp will directly pick up after the events of Captain America: Civil War, but it will apparently happen before Infinity War, a flick which hits theaters two months before the Ant-Man sequel’s debut. MCU movies have previously followed quite a linear timeline, so this is definitely a new kick for the shared universe.
While the change will likely end up being a source of side confusion for casual fans, its greatest impact will likely be felt in Infinity War. We’ve known for a while that Marvel would be dropping both Ant-Man 2 and Captain Marvel in between the third and fourth chapters in the Avengers series.
Originally, there was concern that sandwiching those two movies in the middle of Thanos’ invasion would make them appear inconsequential. How could anything else matter when the planet is endangered by the Mad Titan himself? But now that we know that Captain Marvel will take place in the ’90s, the trailer confirms that both of those two flicks are set before the events of Infinity War, clearing the slate between the third and fourth Avengers movies.
Thus, all bets are off when Thanos comes to town; no one is safe, and anything can happen. The intention to set Ant-Man and the Wasp in the aftermath of Civil War and before Infinity War makes quite a sense if you think about it. Scott Lang took a serious risk by signing up for team Captain America, a move he didn’t really have to make.
He ended up paying a huge price for his actions, landing himself behind bars at The Raft. Even worse, when he was taken into custody, we think that the government confiscated the Ant-Man outfit packed with Pym Particles, potentially exposing the formula his mentor Hank Pym had spent years protecting. This needs to be addressed in the sequel. And like we said earlier, it’d be unbelievably tough to make any solo film matter if it was taking place in the middle of a planet-wide alien invasion, so it’s for the best that Marvel decided to bring their solo arcs to a halt while the conflict with Thanos is being resolved.
The question now becomes, well, just how awful will things be by the time the credits roll on Infinity War? Will Thanos have wiped out half of Earth’s humanity with a snap of his fingers? Will Earth’s Mightiest Heroes be defeated under the Mad Titan? Is time travel truly the answer? We’ll find out in May.
Avengers 4 Is No Doubt A Time Travel Flick
After the newest batch of photos from the set, it appears unavoidable that Avengers 4 is a time travel movie. Marvel visionary Kevin Feige has described next year’s outing for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes a “finale” for the MCU. It will draw together countless plot-threads, ending a story that’s spanned (by that point) 11 years and 22 films. For all that’s the case, the movie remains something of a mystery. Marvel won’t even announce the title, considering it to be something of a spoiler.
Avengers 4 was initially intended to be a follow-on from this year’s Avengers: Infinity War, with it even titled “Part 2” upon revelation. For certain, something changed in early development, with the Russo Brothers later teasing that the movies would be closely connected — but also very different: “The first film is very clearly Avengers: Infinity War,” explained Joe Russo, “and, in time, we will unveil what the second movie is.”
That statement left fans shook, and from then every set photo has been carefully examined with a sense of fascination. Why isn’t Avengers 4 a straightforward sequel? How are the two Avengers films connected, and in what aspects do they differ? As for their part, Marvel have kept pretty quiet about the film. They’ve no doubt enjoyed cultivating this sense of mystery and curiosity.
But, finally, the evidence has come to a head. It’s now safe to say for sure that Avengers 4 is really a time-travel tale. If that’s the case, it suggests the final outcome of Infinity War — and even explains one of Marvel’s most ancient mysteries.