As you may know, Marvel Studios has a habit of tacking fun scenes or exciting teases at the end of their movies, nestled right in or after the credits. These can be perplexing for the general population, who are not intimately familiar with the source material – what could it all mean?
That’s why we here at The Game of Nerds have a habit of explaining these scenes for you, so you can enjoy them alongside the nerdiest of fans.
Please keep in mind that this post will contain spoilers for the most recent two Marvel Cinematic Universe films: Ant-Man and the Wasp and Avengers: Infinity War.
A question many people have had about Ant-Man and the Wasp is when exactly it takes place in the larger MCU. Surely if it was after the cataclysmic events of Avengers: Infinity War, there would be a lot more chaos abound… right? The mid-credits scene seeks to answer that question.
On a rooftop in San Francisco, our Wasp herself Hope van Dyne and her parents Janet van Dyne and Hank Pym patiently wait outside a more compact version of the Quantum Tunnel that was used to rescue Janet, which is loaded in the back of Luis’ old van. Inside the Quantum Realm, our Ant-Man Scott Lang is collecting quantum particles to help fully heal their frenemy Ava Starr’s ghost-like phasing abilities. He is warned to avoid time vortexes. Scott is ready to go and Hank starts the countdown for extraction, but the signal suddenly goes dead. Outside the van, we see three clouds of dust blow in the wind.
If you saw Avengers: Infinity War, you know exactly what happened: Thanos assembled all the Infinity Gems and snapped his fingers, eliminating half of all life in the universe. Even worse for Scott, he is now trapped in the Quantum Realm with no one educated in how to extract him. Now, the untitled fourth Avengers film is coming soon, and we know Ant-Man will appear and that the Quantum Realm will play some role. There are also strange reports of an older Cassie Lang, as well as footage of the events of the first Avengers happening differently. Could this be the aforementioned time vortexes coming into play?
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The post-credits scene is overall more light-hearted, but it is also our first glimpse into a terrifying post-snap world; In Scott Lang’s apartment, we hear chaos in the streets as the phone is off the hook and the TV is on it’s emergency broadcast signal. Someone doesn’t care, however, as they are rocking out on Scott’s electric drum kit.
As the camera swoops through the apartment, we see exactly who it is – the ant that Hank Pym had enlarged and “programmed” with Scott’s daily routine and ankle bracelet so the FBI wouldn’t be suspicious of Scott breaking his house arrest.
At least someone survived.
Marvel Studios doesn’t come out with another film until Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019.