Ant-Man and the Wasp connects more to Captain America: Civil War than it does Avengers: Infinity War, but in an exclusive piece of commentary from the Blu-ray release, director Peyton Reed hints at how the Ant-Man sequel could impact Avengers 4. Is Scott Lang really trapped in the Quantum Realm?

Inverse has an exclusive early preview of the Ant-Man and the Wasp director’s commentary ahead of the Blu-ray release next week, and it reveals director Peyton Reed’s analysis of the crucial post-credits scene showing what happens to Team Ant-Man at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.

As you probably remember, Scott Lang goes into the Quantum Realm to retrieve Quantum Healing Particles for Ava Starr, aka Ghost, but right when he’s due for extraction, Thanos turns half the universe to ash, including Hank, Janet, and Hope. Without anyone to pull him out, Scott’s stranded in the Quantum Realm.

“Scott thinks they’re playing a joke on him, and the three characters we’ve seen are no longer there,” Reed says in the commentary. “They’ve been turned to ash, thanks to Thanos.”

To hear Reed narrate the dramatic scene in which three beloved characters die feels that much more grave than seeing it for the first time.

Wasn’t Infinity War traumatic enough?

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Ant-Man stranded in the Quantum Realm at the very end of 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'.

“The idea was, let’s just sort of give a taste of, you know, now after all those neat resolutions, what are these heroes up to next?” Reed explains of the scene, dropping hints like, “We learn that he’s getting these particles to sort of further heal Ghost.” He also says, “Somehow there’s been communication between Bill Foster, Ava, and Hank, and Janet, and Hope and Scott.”

These hints help flesh out what happened after the main events of the movie, and what might’ve happened in Ant-Man 3 if all these people survived.

“Part of the thing here was to hit the audience with as much random information as possible,” Reed says. “It was sort of building all these what were hopefully going to be misleads for the audience.”

It’s interesting to note, however, that Reed also says of this scene: “Seemingly Scott Lang is trapped in the Quantum Realm.” If he’s “seemingly” trapped, then that implies the possibility of escape.

Almost everyone assumes that Scott Lang will have a huge role to play in Avengers 4, and that he’ll use some Quantum-based time-travel to help undo the events of Infinity War.

Reed himself even validated such theories in an August 2018 when asked by HuffPost about whether or not Scott might use a “time vortex” mentioned in the post-credits scene.

“Based on the science that we’ve set up in the first movie and this one, I won’t rule out the possibility,” he said. “Because, again, we are dealing with a time vortex. That could happen.”

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Hank, Janet, and Hope turned to ash in this post-credits scene.

Inverse spoke to Reed in July just before the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, and he revealed how challenging it was to direct the Marvel film that came right after Infinity War while also ensuring that it stands on its own as a self-contained narrative.

“We always knew we were coming after Infinity War, and we knew how that ended,” Reed said. “But it wasn’t clear how and if we would even deal with it in Ant-Man and the Wasp because we were dealing so much with Civil War fallout. We didn’t want to betray the tone of the entire movie. But what we went with is absolutely in keeping with the tone.”

Sure enough, as Reed says in his commentary, the scene “felt cheeky in the way that hopefully Ant-Man in the Wasp was cheeky and really does pack a dramatic punch with audiences as you see it in the theater.”

Will Scott Lang really use a time vortex and travel through time for Avengers 4? Is there a civilization of tiny people living in the Quantum Realm that could help out? Could Captain Marvel also be stuck in the Quantum Realm? There are so many questions, and so many more months until Avengers 4 hits theaters in May.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is currently available on digital HD and 4K Ultra HD, and it will be available the Blu-ray and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD Tuesday, October 16. Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019.

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