The Ending Of ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Definitely Supports A Popular ‘Avengers 4’ Fan Theory

*Warning: Major MCU spoilers ahead*

Time-travel related fan theories have been circulating about Avengers 4 ever since leaked set photos featuring the core cast in past locations from the Marvel Universe appeared online. In the photos, the Avengers team seems to be wearing wrist devices and are joined by Ant Man. 

But why — and how — is Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) back with the Avengers? When last we saw him, he was stranded in the Quantum Realm, while his friends Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) were turned into dust by Thanos. When he traveled to the Quantum Realm in the first Ant Man, Lang escaped using a Pym Particle, but director Peyton Reed has made it clear that will not be the case this time.

Reed said:

This is a new suit, so it really wouldn’t have the same growth that he had in the first movie … I would answer, ‘No, he does not have it.’ He can’t go to that well twice.

So now, at the beginning of Avengers 4, Scott Lang is all alone in the Quantum Realm…which is exactly as Reed wanted it:

It seemed like we kind of knew what we wanted to do with or to Scott Lang. And then the other ones, it was just sort of like we talked about all these different versions and where we ended up just felt like, ‘OK, this feels right. We know where things could go from here.’

But how does any of this involve time travel? Well, just before she turns into dust, Lang’s partner in crime Janet van Dyne tells him to “watch out for time vortexes while in the other dimension.”

Reed made it clear that Ant Man could show up in any Avengers scene due to the story-bending power of time travel:

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

On the lookout for “Marvel snipers,” Reed confirmed the Quantum Realm was “definitely a priority” for the future, also saying:

I have to be careful here, as you well know.

Ant Man’s journey into the Quantum Realm could have a huge impact on everything happening in the MCU. And I mean everything.

H/T – HuffPost, Comicbook