Ant-Man and the Wasp was a fun sequel that did well at the box office, but Marvel fans didn’t see much of a connection between the movie and Avengers: Infinity War. In fact, some took issue with the film’s timeline and how it fits within the MCU, but the director offers an explanation.
The continuity issue in Ant-Man and the Wasp comes with the timing of Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) house arrest. In Infinity War, it’s explained that he couldn’t participate because he was confined to his home after his arrest in Captain America: Civil War. However, the film finishes with what seems to be days if not weeks prior to the event of Infinity War, which makes it seem like Scott did have enough time to join the rest of the Avengers.
Director Peyton Reed and producer Stephen Broussard were guests on the Empire Film Podcast on Friday to talk about the production of Ant-Man and the Wasp. He explained the film is at an “undetermined” time in the MCU timeline. Although the film did take place over three days, the time between the “ending” of the film and the post-credits scene that directly links to Infinity War is unclear.
“I mean, we have to assume that Hank and Janet spent a little time in their seaside house, wherever on this remote island, and came back and got to work on this Quantum experiment,” Reed said on the podcast, right after the nine-minute mark. “So, you know, it is undetermined, but it’s not that long a period of time, because we really do play our characters [where] they are sort of in their bubble doing their thing and really unaware of all the events that are happening.”
With Ant-Man and the Wasp out of the way, the Captain Marvel movie is the only one left before Avengers 4. Both movies will release in theaters in 2019.
Those who have yet to check out Ant-Man and the Wasp in theaters will be able to catch it on Netflix sometime in the future. However, it will be the last Marvel to appear on the streaming service thanks to Disney starting its own service.