Let’s Break Down That ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Post-Credits Scene

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Before Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp, I questioned whether the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) could afford to go small after re-defining big with Avengers: Infinity War.

Still, that ballsy decision speaks to how well the MCU has trained moviegoers to stick around until the end of the credits - clearly the studio isn't too anxious that fans would rush out early, especially since the rest of Ant-Man and The Wasp resolutely avoids making any reference to Thanos or the events of Avengers: Infinity War.

We already knew that the action in Spider-Man 2 (Far From Home) will take place after Avengers 4, but we had no idea it would be just minutes after the action concludes in the Infinity War sequel. The answer? Unfortunately, yes. Unsurprisingly, we learn that all three of them were dissolved into dust care of Thanos's Infinity War finger snap, right at the most inopportune time, leaving Scott presumably stranded in the Quantum Realm with no way to get out, no way to communicate with the outside world, and no one alive with the knowledge that he's even there at all. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly and Hope van Dyne are on the outside, monitoring him.

Post-credits scenes are Marvel Studio's way of teasing what will happen next in upcoming Marvel movies. We're taken to the Lang house-eerily deserted, with the TV cut to an emergency broadcasting channel. What if the time vortexes are Scott's only way out of the Quantum Realm? We learned in this movie that quantum particles can literally affect the nature of reality and can cause (or, significantly, reverse) the phasing of matter between parallel universes.

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The mid-credits scene is the one that has the most significance to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, because it shows Scott Lang fiddling about inside the Quantum Realm, which the film tells us is a very unsafe place. Scott was warned to avoid any time vortexes in the Quantum Realm, and that seems like a very specific piece of information to drop on the audience.

With abilities like that, or with the quantum particles he harvested (and, maybe, can continue to harvest), there's a whole new list of potential failsafes against the Infinity Stones. The fallen heroes were reduced to dust in Infinity War and not shown to be explicitly dead.

For more on what Ant-Man and The Wasp's ending might mean, check out our ending explained, plus the 8 biggest WTF questions we have after the movie - and watch the videos above for our theories on what Ant-Man and The Wasp means for the future of the MCU, and everything you need to know about the Quantum Realm.