Marvel fans are still reeling from the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War, but Marvel Studios isn’t stopping its box office supremacy anytime soon. Just days after Infinity War surpassed Star Wars for its opening weekend, Marvel has released the newest trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is decidedly more fun than the bleak extinction of the MCU.
In the newest trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, Paul Rudd returns as Scott Lang, who teams up with Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), the daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) who has adopted the identity of “the Wasp.” Set after Captain America: Civil War, Scott and Hope fight a new villain called the Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). The Ghost is using stolen Pym tech, which allows her to access the Quantum Realm, the dimension Ant-Man shrunk to in the previous movie. Thanks to the Quantum Realm, the Ghost can “walk through walls and stuff.”
The Quantum Realm is an interesting field unique to Ant-Man. While its introduction foreshadowed Doctor Strange, only Ant-Man and the Wasp are capable of entering the dimension. The filmmakers of the first Ant-Man consulted with theoretical physicist Dr. Spiros Michalakis to nail the science. “This is a place where the nature of reality changes around you. So, when you enter the quantum realm, its different set of laws takes hold,” Michalakis told Inverse last year.
Michalakis even said that the possibilities of the Quantum Realm are so endless that it’s entirely possible Ant-Man could crush even Superman. “What I’m saying is that potentially understanding the quantum code from which curvature of space-time comes from, [Ant-Man] could manipulate to increase it or decrease it,” Michalakis explained. “Ant-Man could have created say, a black hole. Could Superman escape the black hole? Probably not. Then game over.”
It may not take place in the immediacy of Avengers: Infinity War, but Ant-Man and the Wasp will still be a big deal. The movie spotlights Marvel’s first titular heroine, and Ant-Man will rejoin the Avengers in 2019’s untitled Avengers 4.
Ant-Man and the Wasp will be released in theaters on July 6.