‘Dreamland’: Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, Evangeline Lilly To Star In Opioid Crisis Thriller – EFM

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Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer and Evangeline Lilly have been set to star in thriller Dreamland, billed as the first theatrical feature to tackle the international opioid crisis. Arbitrage‘s Nicholas Jarecki will direct from his original script. Lisa …

Will There Be an ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer During the Super Bowl?

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It’s a cliche by now that a lot of folks watch the Super Bowl primarily for the commercials, and for movie studios the Big Game tends to be a pretty big marketing day. So you tune in for the football and the funny ads, and you’re treated to new trailers for some of the biggest movies of the year.

And there’s little doubt, at this point, what will be the biggest movie of 2019. After “Avengers: Infinity War” grossed more than $2 billion worldwide and ended on probably the most insane cliffhanger in the history of the cinema blockbuster, everyone is expecting “Avengers: Endgame” to make a similarly gargantuan splash.

This is an unusual year for the Super Bowl in that we aren’t expecting a whole lot of movie trailers during the game this year. For whatever reason, studios seem to be shying away from the spectacle this time. But will Disney be among those skipping the Super Bowl this year?

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Officially, there’s no word on whether “Avengers: Endgame” will make an appearance during the Super Bowl, but we are expecting a new trailer Sunday evening.

The marketing cycle for the film started fairly late for one of these things, with the first trailer dropping in early December. For a mega-blockbuster like “Endgame,” we expect three trailers before it lands in theaters on April 26. Around the release of “Captain Marvel” in March is a natural place to put one, and so the Super Bowl likewise would make perfect sense as far as timing.

But that’s just our guess — we don’t actually have any official word about an “Avengers: Endgame” trailer for the Super Bowl. But we would be surprised if the game comes and goes without one.

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On the other hand, given how cryptic and relatively low key we expect the marketing for this movie to be — Marvel doesn’t want to give away anything — they could very well just skip past the Big Game confident that they don’t have to make a huge push to get folks out to see how this whole thing ends. Anything is possible.

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Peyton Reed Trolls Fans Looking for ‘Avengers 4’ Info on ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Director’s Commentary

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(Spoilers ahead for the ending of both “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Avengers: Infinity War”)

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” got its digital home video release on Tuesday night, and if you’re like me the first thing you did was watch the movie’s audio commentary with director Peyton Reed in hopes that he might give some insight into how its ending, which intersects directly with that of “Avengers: Infinity War,” would lead into “Avengers 4” next year.

And while Reed’s commentary was certainly full of fascinating and interesting nuggets about the characters and behind-the-scenes goings-on on “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” it did seem to be missing any chatter about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general and Ant-Man specifically.

That is, until the very end of the film, when Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) is marooned in marooned inside the Quantum Realm because Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) all fell victim to Thanos’ finger snap.

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Finally, Reed starts to look forward a bit, but it’s all in service of lightly trolling the audience because of course he isn’t actually allowed to say anything about “Avengers 4.” So, yes, it was disappointing that we don’t get any substantial tease for what’s next from this commentary, but also this was pretty. Read Reed’s full comments below.

“What this means, in the larger sense — of course I’m not at liberty to say. You know that! Even if you’re sitting here listening to this, and you’ve been listening to me ramble on for two hours. And you’re hanging on the hope — oh man, is he gonna reveal something about ‘Avengers 4’ that I don’t know? Well guess what, you’re in luck. I have here the screenplay [shuffles papers] for ‘Avengers 4,’ which I am going to read to you right now.

“But before I actually get through the entire script I’m just going to read some of the salient plot points. Now, these are not only spoilers, I would say these are extreme spoilers. So I’m gonna go through them very, very carefully. So the first question is: is everyone dead, or who’s coming back?

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“Well, here’s what I’ll say about — I can only speak about our characters in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp.’ So Scott Lang is in the Quantum Realm, and he is seemingly trapped, and we don’t quite know how he’s gonna get out. We know in the first movie he had some grow discs with him that he used to get out. Dramatically, we can’t go to that well again. That would just be lazy. As filmmakers, we can’t do that again. So we made sure that he does not have any grow discs with him in the new suit. And, remember, it appears that it’s the malfunctioning suit. So how’s he gonna get out of that? Well, here’s how [crackling noise that he makes with his mouth, then silence for several seconds] …and he manages to do what I just said. So, umm, you guys got that, right? Cool.

“So, now let’s talk about our favorite Avengers. Let’s talk about Spider-Man. Let’s talk about Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, Hulk. What happens to these characters in ‘Avengers 4’? Well — hang on, someone’s coming. Yeah. You know what, I’m being told that I cannot actually tell you any of this stuff. I thought the street date of this disc would allow me to reveal some of the secrets, but I’m not gonna be able to reveal any of that. I apologize for that. Sorry to get your hopes up about that.

“I can talk to you about the next ‘Ant-Man’ movie. [pause] Actually, I’m not allowed to talk about that either. There’s really been no determination as to whether there is even going to be a next ‘Ant-Man’ movie, or ‘Wasp’ movie, or anything. We don’t know anything. And I’m not allowed to talk about that. So, umm, let’s talk about, umm, let’s talk about ‘Planet of the Apes.’ You guys like the ‘Apes’ movies?”

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From there, Reed does proceed to talk about his love of the “Planet of the Apes” franchise, then “Star Wars,” then Altoids — he jokes that because of the prominent appearance of an Altoids tin in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” he now gets a lifetime supply of the mints.

Anyway, all that certainly wasn’t what we were looking for when we turned on the commentary, but it was pretty funny. In any case, only five more months or so until “Captain Marvel” comes out, and (sheesh) seven until “Avengers 4” gives us a resolution to all this. “Only” seven months.

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‘Lost’ Producers Apologize To Evangeline Lilly For Her Discomfort On The Set

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The creators and executive producers of the TV show Lost have issued an apology to actress Evangeline Lilly, who said earlier in an interview that she was made to feel “cornered” on the show’s set about doing partially nude scenes.
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Evangeline Lilly Says She Was ‘Cornered’ Into Filming Partially Nude ‘Lost’ Scene: ‘I Was Mortified’

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Despite playing one of the leaders of a stranded cohort on “Lost,” Evangeline Lilly said she felt a lack of autonomy in her role as Kate Austen on the cult ABC series.

On an episode of the podcast, “The LOST Boys,” the actress recalled numerous challenges and frustrations on the Hawaii set, most notably during filming for the third season where she was essentially forced into doing a scene partially nude.

“In Season 3, I’d had a bad experience on set with being basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked, and I felt had no choice in the matter,” Lilly told the podcast host, Jacob Stolworthy. “And I was mortified and I was trembling, and when it finished, I was crying my eyes out and had to go on and do a very formidable, very strong scene thereafter.”

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The “Ant-Man and the Wasp” actress said that a similar string of events happened in the fourth season as well, where she fought against doing a scene in which her character undresses, only to “fail to control” the situation. Afterwards, she said she put her foot down and refused to do another nude scene ever again.

“And so I then said, ‘That’s it, no more, you can write whatever you want I won’t do it, I will never take my clothes off on this show again,” Lilly recalled.

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She went on to discuss other shortcomings of her character, such as her frustration with Kate chasing after love interest Jack (Matthew Fox) and being used as a bargaining chip after she’s captured. Lilly mentioned that she would “throw scripts across rooms” because she grew irritated by the “diminishing amount of autonomy [Kate] had and the diminishing amount of her own story that there was to play.”

“I wanted her to be better, because she was an icon for strength and autonomy for women, and I thought we could’ve done better than that,” she said.

Representatives for “Lost” showrunners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: What the Heck Is a Baba Yaga?

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(Note: This post contains spoilers for the story of “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”)

Early in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the heroes encounter the movie’s primary antagonist: a woman in a gray suit who has the supernatural-seeming ability to pass through solid matter.

When Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) takes Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope van Dyne, a.k.a. the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) to meet up with his former criminal accomplices-turned business partners for help, they’ve already heard about the woman, who they dub Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). The description of a woman with strange powers sounds more like folklore than science to Kurt (David Dastmalchian), who compares Ghost to a legendary figure called Baba Yaga.

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The moment makes for a fun joke, as Kurt’s ominous talk about a frightening woman who lives in the woods comes with its own spooky music. But if you’ve never heard of Baba Yaga, the reference might have gone straight over your head, except that Kurt says she’s a witch. So who or what exactly is Baba Yaga? Apart from being a supernatural old woman of Russian folklore, who can either help people or hurt them, the comparison with Ghost doesn’t seem particularly apt at first.

Baba Yaga is a witch-like old woman who lives in deep in the forest, according to Russian legend, and she does have supernatural powers. She carries a massive pestle and goes around in a huge flying wooden mortar. Baba Yaga is described as being hunched, deformed and frightening, sporting brown claws. She also has a long nose, often a trait witches are depicted with, and iron teeth, just to make the image more unsettling

Oh, and the coolest part: she lives in a house in the woods, surrounded by skulls, that stands on chicken legs, for whatever reason.

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Baba Yaga’s motivations change from story to story — sometimes she’s a villain who eats people. Other times, she’s mothering and helpful. Marissa Clifford ran down the deep and often contradictory of Baba Yaga for Vice in 2017, including the ways Baba Yaga sometimes embodies different and conflicting character aspects within the same story.

Ghost isn’t especially similar to Baba Yaga in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” at least on the surface. The witch flies around in a mortar and pestle, for starters, she’s spooky looking and powerful, and she eats people — whereas Ghost is mostly just a woman who has an affliction that is sometimes useful for stealing things or doing SHIELD-sponsored secret agent work.

Dig a little deeper, though, and Kurt’s comparison of Ghost to Baba Yaga is actually pretty telling. The villainy of both characters is often ambiguous, for a start: Ghost comes off as a bad guy, but really she’s not out to hurt anyone, she just has a goal to accomplish to save her own life. Still, she can be spooky, like Baba Yaga, and while she doesn’t eat people, Ghost potentially can be a killer. She has a dark streak in her desperation, as illustrated when she considers threatening Scott’s daughter, Cassy (Abby Ryder Fortson) to get Hank’s lab and the cure that might reside inside.

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And of course, the major conflict between Ghost and the Wasp and Ant-Man — that Ghost intends to extract quantum particles from Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) in order to cure her own “quantum phasing” affliction, which runs the risk that it will “tear Janet apart” — is kind of like cannibalizing her. Most of the movie is about running from Ghost, like characters have to escape Baba Yaga, but ultimately she can be convinced to be a good person.

Kurt’s creepy mention of the Slavic legend is actually on-point in some thematic ways, even if Ghost isn’t a horrific old crone with a chicken house. Given that Ant-Man rides ants, though, a house with bird legs might not have been too out of place in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe was gutted by the events of “Avengers: Infinity War” and the arrival of Thanos, a villain so strong even the combined might of nearly every MCU superhero couldn’t stop him.

You know what happened by now: Despite a valiant effort to stop Thanos (Josh Brolin), the Avengers and their allies failed. The Mad Titan collected all six Infinity Stones on his Infinity Gauntlet, and with a snap his fingers used their united power to erase half of all life in the universe. All because Thanos believes mass murder on a cosmic scale will rid the universe of its problems and free the survivors to create sustainable utopias.

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That’s not how the heroes (or audiences) saw it though. Cue Peter Parker’s “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good,” and fans worldwide agreeing wholeheartedly as a huge number of their favorite heroes dissolved into ash.

How huge? As if millions-of-sequels-suddenly-cried-out-in-terror-and-were-suddenly-silenced huge.

Here’s everyone lost to Thanos’ finger snap, from “Infinity War” through “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan)

Captain America’s best friend Bucky was among the first to disappear in Wakanda, which is especially a bummer given how hard he fought to reclaim his life and identity after being brainwashed by HYDRA to become the Winter Soldier.

T’Challa, the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)

Wakanda’s king vanished as he helped Okoye up, apparently leaving the nation without a king, again.

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Wanda Maximoff, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen)

Adding insult to injury, seconds after losing Vision when Thanos pulled the Mind Stone from his head, killing him, Wanda fades to dust mid-mourning.

Sam Wilson, Falcon (Anthony Mackie)

Captain America’s buddy Sam has been coming into his own as an Avenger across the last few movies he’s appeared in, but despite being a major force in the Battle of Wakanda, in the end, the coin-flip of Thanos’ snap got him.

Groot (Vin Diesel)

Groot’s end is the second-most heartbreaking in “Infinity War,” thanks to his hugely emotional moment as he vanished in front of Rocket Raccoon, but we didn’t know the full extent of the gut-punch until “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn shared what the final “I am Groot” meant on Twitter.

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Peter Quill, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)

His anger at what Thanos did to Gamora wasn’t enough to keep Star-Lord from fading away after the battle on Titan — but if there’s a Soul Realm hidden inside the Soul Stone, Peter and Gamora might be reunited.

Drax (Dave Bautista)

Most of the Guardians of the Galaxy vanished after the finger snap, including Drax, whose death is even more tragic because Thanos killed Drax’s family years before, and his Infinity Gauntlet finished the job.

Mantis (Pom Klementieff)

Right alongside Drax, Mantis faded away as well, after spending most of her life as a slave to Ego (Kurt Russell) as seen in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”.

Peter Parker, Spider-Man (Tom Holland)

The most heart-wrenching moment in “Infinity War” finds Peter succumbing to disintegration as he begs his mentor, Tony Stark, to help him. Mr. Stark, we don’t feel so good either.

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Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)

Of all the people to disappear, Doctor Strange was seemingly the most calm and at peace. He spent part of “Infinity War” viewing potential futures with the Time Stone, and so it’s safe to say that losing to Thanos, and then apparently dying, were actually part of his long-view plan to win the day. We just have no idea how.

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)

Nick Fury’s disappearance happened in the “Infinity War” post-credits scene. He had just long enough as he vanished to realize what was happening and to summon help from a source we haven’t seen before: Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).

Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders)

Former SHIELD agent and Fury’s long-time bodyguard and right-hand woman, Maria and Fury’s disappearance likely severs the Avengers from any lingering SHIELD infrastructure that might have helped them in “Avengers 4.”

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Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” didn’t catch up to the events of “Infinity War” until its post-credits scene, after Hank and his daughter Hope were finally reunited with his wife, Janet, the original Wasp. Unfortunately, they didn’t have long together.

Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly)

Hope went right along with her father, and seemingly no one in the Ant-Man crew had any idea that the events of “Infinity War” were taking place in Wakanda during the end of “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer)

After 30 years stuck in the Quantum Realm, Janet was rescued with just a few days before Thanos’ attack zapped her out of existence. That’s a pretty big bummer.

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Characters who are definitely still kicking

While Thanos managed to kill a whole bunch of people, he didn’t kill everyone — just half of everyone. That means quite a few heroes are still alive. We don’t know about the fates of a lot of folks — like Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) or Peter Parker’s pal Ned (Jacob Batalon). Here’s the list of people we know for sure didn’t disintegrate.

Steve Rogers, Captain America (Chris Evans)

The First Avenger lost his best friend to Thanos, but more than that, he failed in a way Cap has never suffered before. His final line of the movie — a simple, “Oh god” — was just as horrifying as watching so many heroes fade away.

Tony Stark, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)

Tony has been traumatized by his fear of something like Thanos’ invasion, and Tony’s inability to stop it, since “The Avengers” and the alien attack Loki (Tom Hiddleston) led on New York. That attack was backed by Thanos, and it seems with the Mad Titan’s arrival, Tony’s worst fears have been realized.

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Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

Thor’s track through “Infinity War” is incredibly tragic, and it’s clear in a few scenes that he’s just barely holding himself together after the losses of Loki and Heimdall (Idris Elba). After finally becoming the leader his people needed, Thor was unable to save them, and he seems to feel responsible for letting his barely contained pain control him such that he struck Thanos with Stormbreaker in the chest, so he would suffer, rather than the head to kill him instantly.

Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)

Natasha has been making major strides to become a better person in the post-SHIELD era, but it was clear that losing to Thanos hit her very hard.

Bruce Banner, the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)

His constant struggles with the Hulk side of his personality left Banner struggling in “Infinity War” between not wanting to be the Hulk, and needing the Hulk. Losing to Thanos is definitely going to exacerbate their internal conflict.

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James Rhodes, War Machine (Don Cheadle)

Rhody fought alongside Cap and crew in Wakanda, and became closer friends with Sam Wilson during the battle. Losing Sam hit Rhody hard, as did the fact that Thanos was able to do something so devastating, and the Avengers weren’t able to stop him.

General Okoye (Danai Gurira)

Okoye’s loyalty to T’Challa, and more importantly, the throne of Wakanda, is a defining part of her identity — so when her king vanished before her eyes, she was obviously and incredibly crushed.

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M’Baku (Winston Duke)

M’Baku also stands as a fierce leader and protector of his people, and while we didn’t spend much time with him in “Infinity War,” it was clear losing so many with no way of stopping it was a huge blow.

Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper)

Rocket lost just about everyone to Thanos, though at the end of “Infinity War” he doesn’t even know the extent of it, since he was on Earth with Thor. It’s losing Groot, his best friend and, in a real sense, his son, that ravages Rocket — and one wonders how he’ll be able to recover.

Nebula (Karen Gillan)

No stranger to pain and loss, Nebula was the most stoic of the heroes. After arriving on Titan to try to kill Thanos, she watched the disintegration knowing full well what had happened. Nebula seems likely to be the one character whose life isn’t upended by the snap. She has one goal: kill Thanos. Nothing has changed that.

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Scott Lang, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)

While Scott wasn’t present for “Infinity War,” like everyone in the universe, he was affected by it. Unfortunately, Thanos snapped his fingers exactly when Scott was briefly diving into the Quantum Realm during the post-credits scene of “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Since Hank, Hope and Janet disappeared back at normal size, there seems to be no one to pull Scott out of the Quantum Realm, apparently marooning him there. Or is there….

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There is real magic in this world.

Growing up in Spata, a small town outside of Athens, Greece, I never imagined Marvel would one day give me the opportunity to introduce them to an even stranger, more mind-bending version of the alternate dimension where Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) finds herself trapped for 30 years — and from which her daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) fights bravely to bring her home.

Still, I wish the characters in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” were a bit more curious about the mysteries of the Quantum Realm. Wouldn’t you want to know if there was a Starbucks down there? Anything quantum is transcendent, a spiritual awakening of the mind, one that not even Nespresso can provide. So let me tell you about the Quantum Realm. I named it, after all.

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As a quantum physicist at Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (I know it has a sexy name, but it has brains too), I am often asked, “So, what is quantum physics?” by people I have just met. I mean, they don’t even want to know what my majestic-sounding name, Spyridon, means (it means nothing, but still). Yet they ask probing, personal questions like “What IS quantum physics?”

Well, quantum physics is a theory of physics, nay, a theory of knowledge-transcending physics, which unlocks the power of the human race to question reality in ways that go beyond the emergent, semi-classical basis of observation resulting from quantum decoherence of the true, pluripotent nature of the Quantum Realm.

Okay, I didn’t mean to dumb it down.

Maybe a more technical explanation using linear algebra and differential calculus is appropriate here. Alas, I was told there is a word limit for these kinds of guest columns, so I won’t go into the details. Sorry. Instead, how about I tell you what I told Paul Rudd, Peyton Reed, Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna about the Quantum Realm? For such a tiny place, my Spidey-sense tells me that it will play a big role in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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There is real magic in this world. It all started nowhere, at a time when no time existed. The Big Bang, the cradle of spacetime, didn’t happen at a particular point in space or time. Space and Time emerged from a place where neither concept existed. A place where the laws of physics, even those of Quantum Physics, had not yet crystallized into the reliable rules we use to predict the orbits of planets around stars, or the likelihood of two particles colliding in an explosive kind-of affair to give birth to new physics. It all started at a place beyond physics. For those super-nerds among you, the place I am referring to is not even an abstract mathematical universe. It goes deeper than that. It is a place where every choice is possible and has consequences for what comes to be. And what comes to be is what we call reality.

But what is reality? Have you ever heard someone define the word? I mean, really define it, like in a way that you could apply it to everyday life? Einstein tried and failed miserably. So let’s try it too. It’s okay. The worst thing that can happen is we’ll be as dumb as Einstein.

Let’s define reality as a dynamic set of events that can be reliably observed by an individual, on demand. You, flying through space while dreaming, are not part of reality, according to this definition. You, dreaming about flying through space, are part of reality. Why? Because, in the second case, you could record yourself sleeping, and record your brainwaves while dreaming, the latter of which could be interpreted using a machine-learning algorithm feeding on data of previous brainwave recordings matched to an account of your own dreams. The key difference between you flying in the dream, and you dreaming of “you” flying, is that the individuals you need to convince (that could be just you, let alone your mom and dad, or your therapist) of your flying powers are not found in your “dream” world: They are found in this world, the “real” world.

And, yes, if you lost yourself in the “dream” world, never to wake up again in this world, dreams would become your reality, allowing you to experience “miracles” that are somehow not part of this, our shared reality.

It gets even crazier. I mentioned that the events should be reliably observed. Who decides what is a reliable observation? I mean… some events seem easy enough to classify as real. The sun rising every morning, your car not moving through traffic, a single electron going through two distant slits at the same time… Yeah, that last one snuck in there somehow. Being at two places at the same time is a quantum thing. But you think quantum physics is weird? Consider going back to the 1850s, a few years before Scottish physicist (and all-around bad boy) James Clerk Maxwell developed the theory of electromagnetic waves. Now, there you are, wearing your rose-gold Apple watch, telling people you can talk to others around the world and hear them through the air. What we take for granted now is what we called magic in the past. And those who decide what defines the ever-changing boundary between reality and magical thinking are scientists.

We, scientists, just loooove judging everyone, and everything, as harshly as possible. And among us, the Simon Cowells of science, are experimental quantum physicists. If biologists claim a new discovery, they need to provide evidence that their confidence in their experiment is higher than 95 percent. In other words, their discovery may be false due to experimental error, but the probability of that happening is less than 5 percent (one in twenty). To you, that may sound impressive, but to an experimental quantum physicist, that sounds positively quaint. For a discovery in physics, such as the recent Nobel-prize winning discovery of gravitational waves (go Caltech!), or the discovery of the Higgs boson (don’t call it the God particle; trust me on this one), you need to be pretty darn confident in your experimental evidence. That is, 99.99994 percent certain, to be exact. We call it “five-sigma” confidence (sigma stands for standard deviation). Biology relies on “two-sigma” confidence. The Quantum Realm is closer to one billion sigma (plus or minus).

And here it is: Reality is a dynamic bubble containing events that can be observed on demand, with a confidence surpassing five-sigma. Dynamic means that the boundary of the bubble changes with time, as new events pass the five-sigma test and we welcome them into the realm of the real. The most important aspect of all this is that five is less than six, which is less than one billion. In other words, reality has stringent requirements for membership, but not impossible. Yet, some events, such as “walking through a wall,” are so unlikely that we don’t think they will EVER be part of reality. Like, flipping a fair coin a million times and getting a million heads in a row (don’t even try).

So, we make a deal with the devil. We call events outside of our reality impossible, not just highly unlikely from our particular point of view. Then, we proceed to push these impossible events to the realm of the imagination. Time travel, teleportation, Spider-Man dying. When they happen, we all lose our collective shit.

This is getting a bit too long, so let me wrap up. The Quantum Realm is a place where almost everything is possible. If you know how to navigate it by mastering quantum entanglement (don’t ask, unless you are willing to take me out to a fancy dinner), you can engineer reality to manifest itself to your liking, just like a computer programmer can write code that allows you to experience being a soldier in virtual reality, fighting unicorns with lasers during the First World War. Space and Time are dimensions that emerge from a soup of pure possibilities, the Quantum Realm. The laws of physics themselves are merely suggestions within the Quantum Realm, only taking a more definite form as we “zoom out” from that place of infinite possibilities, to find ourselves in the macroscopic world we call home.

So, how do people maintain their sanity (and their form) within the Quantum Realm? Love.

Just kidding. It takes decades of studying math and physics, with a bit of philosophical and lots of magical thinking. Or you can just be a badass like Michelle Pfeifer. She could probably even beat Chun Li.

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Director Peyton Reed Was Inspired by Elmore Leonard Crime Novels

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“Ant-Man and the Wasp” isn’t director Peyton Reed’s first time around the block working with Marvel, but he certainly had more room to play this time around.

Playing off of the heist movie format that was laid out in the first “Ant-Man,” Reed told TheWrap he wanted to take the crime genre in new directions. Novels like “Get Shorty” and “Rum Punch,” both of which were adapted for the big screen — the latter serving as the basis for Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown” — inspired the two-time Marvel movie director.

“It was just us sitting in a room — and that’s me and the writers and Stephen Broussard our producer — and just talking about, from the beginning we wanted to stay in the crime genre, but really talking about, ‘Could we make this like an Elmore Leonard novel’? If Elmore Leonard had written a science fiction novel and Marvel made a movie of it, that was the mindset,” Reed said.

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After coming on board late in the process to direct 2016’s “Ant-Man,” Reed has returned to the franchise and the Marvel machine, but with much more control over the film, its characters and the world in which they live.

“I certainly can’t speak for any other filmmaker who’s worked in that system, but on this movie we had a tremendous amount of freedom to devise the story,” Reed told TheWrap. “We went off and really talked about what we wanted to pay off that we’d set up in the first ‘Ant-Man,’ and obviously dealing with the stuff in ‘Civil War,’ but beyond that no one from Marvel sat there and said it’s got to be this genre or it’s got to be this, or these things have to happen.

I think that perception has stuck around about Marvel, but I really have not found that to be true,” he continued. “I feel an incredible amount of freedom.”

“Ant-Man and The Wasp” takes place two years after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” which is the last time audiences saw Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) suit up a the titular, tiny hero.

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The film unfolds over the course of the three remaining days Scott Lang has in his two years under house arrest, which resulted from being caught after fighting alongside Captain American in “Civil War,” violating the Sokovia Accords.

Reed and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” screenwriters talked about how to pay off decisions Ant-Man made in in previous films.

“It gave us a really organic jumping-off point, you know,” Reed said, adding that he didn’t know what “Infinity War” and “Captain America: Civil War” directors the Russos Brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely even thought about that connection. “But my reaction was, ‘Oh, man, Scott exposed the tech to The Avengers and Tony Stark and he got thrown in prison and the suit got confiscated — that is Hank Pym’s worst nightmare. And that is going to alienate Hope Van Dyne, and so here ‘s the jumping-off point for this movie. It was great.”

Now that Marvel is in the third phase of its cinematic universe, the studio is letting the reins loose, giving their directors and filmmakers more authority to develop the characters, film and tone into something that feels different from the rest of the universe. “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Black Panther” are recent examples.

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The only thing Reed said he knew he had to consider as far as sticking to the Marvel plan was tying in “Infinity War.” But there was even freedom in approaching that. “Ant-Man and The Wasp” takes place before the cataclysmic event of “Infinity War.” There’s no reference or hint to Thanos or anything that’s happened in that film until the mid-credits scene in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

“We always knew we were coming after ‘Infinity War’ and we knew how ‘Infinity War’ ended,” Reed said. “We knew at some point we were gonna have to figure out how our particular tone, how the ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ tone was gonna deal with that event. But we never really considered this movie taking place after ‘Infinity War.’

“We knew the audience was going to come into our movie looking for those clues as to the timeline and we talked about structures early on: Do we tell our story and then slowly, as it progresses, start to see these Easter eggs of these things in backgrounds on screens about ‘Hey, this stuff is going on in other parts of the world, what’s going on?’ And that just seemed to us kind of clumsy and like we’ve seen that conceit before,” Reed said. “And then it became a question of that tag scene and what we do in it and also who’s involved in it — there was a lot of discussion about that.”

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The world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was massively altered by “Avengers: Infinity War,” but how the situation with Thanos will be resolved in “Avengers 4” still isn’t clear. With “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” we might have a few more clues of what to expect in the next “Avengers,” though.

In “Infinity War,” Thanos (Josh Brolin) manages to gather all six super-powerful Infinity Stones and use them to enact his ultimate plan: Eliminate half the life in the universe. That caused a huge number of people to turn to dust — including heroes like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and most of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” doesn’t catch up to the events of the movie until its mid-credits scene. In it, we see Ant-Man, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), head back into the Quantum Realm to gather “healing particles” to help Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). While he’s down there, everyone back in the real world and who’s there to help him — Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) are turned to dust by Thanos’ finger snap. Scott is seemingly trapped in the Quantum Realm with no way to get back.

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That setup seems like it’ll lead Ant-Man directly into “Avengers 4,” with a few clues as to how he could potentially be a huge part of that movie and the ultimate solution to the Thanos problem. The Quantum Realm could hold several possibilities, including a connection with the Soul Stone, and even time travel. And these are our guesses about what the future will hold based on that “Ant-Man and the Wasp” cliffhanger.

A Soul Stone connection

We don’t know all the ins and outs of the Soul Stone yet, but we can make a few guesses based on the stone’s properties in the Marvel comics universe. In the “Infinity Gauntlet” comics on which “Infinity War” is based, the Soul Stone actually absorbs and houses the souls of the people “killed” by it — so everyone dusted by Thanos is presumably actually still alive in the Soul Realm inside the stone. Basically, the stone makes up its own separate universe or alternate small dimension.

We see some evidence of this in “Infinity War,” when, after the big snap, Thanos briefly finds himself in the orange-tinted Soul Realm, where he speaks with a younger version of Gamora (Zoe Saldana). If the movies are like the comics, then that really is Gamora’s soul, trapped in the Soul Stone thanks to Thanos’ actions.

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The Quantum Realm also seems to represent a universe or dimension unto itself, with its own set of rules — as opposed to simply being just a really tiny aspect of our universe. It seems very possible that the Quantum Realm may contain a link to the Soul Realm, a path through which Ant-Man can re-establish contact with the heroes who’ve disappeared from the rest of the universe. In the comics, characters in the Soul Realm are part of the fight against Thanos, so having a way to contact and interact with them could be the turning point in the story of “Avengers 4.”

Going back in time

Right before Scott goes into the tunnel to the Quantum Realm, Janet warns him about stuff he should avoid within it. One of the things she pointedly mentions: time vortexes.

We don’t know much about whatever Janet is referring to by “time vortex,” but that sure sounds like an anomaly that could affect not only Scott’s perception of time, but where he ends up in the timeline should he be sucked into one. We’ve been told before that “time and space” work differently in the Quantum Realm. And quantum physics have their own implications in real-life discussions of potential time travel. In general, the Quantum Realm carries a lot of possibilities as far as the potential for Scott, and maybe other characters, to go back in time to warn the Avengers about Thanos.

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The “time vortex” line is a particularly big potential clue. It could just be a throwaway line on Janet’s part to tell us, the audience, that there’s a lot of weird stuff down there in the Quantum Realm. But it also could be Marvel suggesting that Janet has experienced the effects of a time vortex, and that’s how she knows about them. Really, one has to wonder how Janet would even know what weird thing in the Quantum Realm is a time vortex unless she’d seen one in action or fallen into one herself, since so much of the Quantum Realm just looks like trippy weirdness.

If Janet did fall into a time vortex, it might explain how she managed to spend 30 years down in the Quantum Realm and survive (because seriously, what did she eat down there). We also know that Janet is in “Avengers 4,” so the possibility that, beyond just the expectation that she and everyone else turned to dust will return, she traveled through time and interacted with the past is definitely out there.

Ant-Man and the Captain (Marvel)

Ant-Man experiencing some time travel would fit nicely with what we know about the next two Marvel Cinematic Universe movies: “Avengers 4,” and, before that, “Captain Marvel.” IMDb listings — which, we should note, are not always reliable — for “Avengers 4” list characters like “1970s Scientist,” which have given fans the theory that it might have some time travel involved, and paparazzi photos from the set seemed to show characters like the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) popping up during the Battle of New York from “The Avengers.”

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“Captain Marvel” also has a tie to the past: it takes place in the 1990s, years before the Avengers appeared on the scene. From what we know about the movie, it seems like the titular Captain (Brie Larson) has a very big link to Thanos thanks to Mar-Vell (Jude Law), an alien superhero who winds up on Earth during the movie. Mar-Vell is an old enemy of Thanos, so he could not only give Larson’s character, Carol Danvers, her powers, but also impart on her some knowledge about how to deal with Thanos.

Ant-Man zapping through time thanks to the Quantum Realm could be the big connection between “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers 4.” We know Captain Marvel will factor into the final battle with Thanos thanks to the post-credits scene in “Infinity War,” in which the final act of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is to contact Danvers with a modified pager before he disappears from existence. Time travel could easily be a part of all these stories, and what’s more, the reason that “Ant-Man and the Wasp” had to be released after “Infinity War” but before “Avengers 4.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” changed everything for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we have some ideas about how “Ant-Man and the Wasp” could be setting up “Avengers 4.” Click here for an explanation of that mid-credits scene and what a “time vortex” might be all about. Read this for some ways Ant-Man’s potential time travel adventures could impact both of next year’s big MCU films. Check out our speculation on how Ant-Man could pop up in “Captain Marvel.” And click here for a chat with director Peyton Reed into the role the Quantum Realm might continue to play in the greater MCU. There are also quite a few lingering questions from “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which we explore here.

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We expected, after seeing “Avengers: Infinity War” back in April, that both “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Captain Marvel” would play into the story being told across “Infinity War” and next year’s “Avengers 4.” That seemed self-evident — Marvel surely would not put those two movies in between those “Avengers” films if they weren’t important.

But what we did not expect is that “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Captain Marvel” might interact directly with each other.

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This is just guesswork right now, but a very conspicuous line from the mid-credits scene in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” definitely sets up the possibility that Ant-Man himself will manage to show up in “Captain Marvel” even though that film is set decades before Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) ever donned the Ant-Man suit.

That line comes courtesy of Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), who casually drops a warning for Scott just before he returns to the Quantum Realm: “Don’t get sucked into a time vortex.”

That’s an absolutely crazy concept to bring up for the first time in that moment — it’s just seconds before Janet, Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) fall victim to the finger snap Thanos (Josh Brolin) used to eliminate half the life in the universe in “Infinity War,” which maroons Scott in the Quantum Realm. How will Scott get back to the normal world? Well, maybe by getting sucked into a time vortex.

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Of course, we have no idea how a time vortex would even work or what it entails. But if we want to go with the idea that getting sucked into one might dump him out in the normal world at both an unknown time and place, the time when and a place where the events of “Captain Marvel” happen is as natural a landing spot as any.

We should qualify this by pointing that it’s unlikely that Ant-Man will have a major part to play in “Captain Marvel” because we would probably know if Paul Rudd had been spending a lot of time on that film’s set. Marvel has been really good about keeping things under wraps on “Avengers 4,” but even before we saw “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” we were thinking about MCU time travel because leaked “Avengers 4” set photos seemed to show our heroes revisiting past MCU battles — with characters who weren’t present the first time around. So if Rudd — or, say, a stuntman wearing the Ant-Man suit — had spent a month on the “Captain Marvel” set, it probably would have leaked.

So, if Scott Lang does pop up, it would more likely be as a cameo, maybe as part of a mid-credits stinger leading into “Avengers 4.” Marvel is certainly adept at keeping that kind of thing a secret — we had no clue, for example, that Red Skull was going to appear in “Infinity War.”

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Regardless, the clue makes some story sense as the threads of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” converge with “Infinity War.” Given that “Infinity War” and “Avengers 4” are a culmination of everything that’s happened in the MCU up to this point, Ant-Man’s absence from the proceedings so far has been conspicuous. Releasing “Ant-Man and the Wasp” between the two “Avengers” films suggests that Ant-Man’s part to play will be important to the conclusion of the Thanos story, and that almost definitely means it’ll be part of reversing the effects of Thanos’ finger snap.

Leaving Scott in the Quantum Realm on a cliffhanger is like a big neon sign to audiences that Scott’s predicament will be essential to “Avengers 4.” And the post-credits scene of “Infinity War” in which Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) contacted Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) similarly shows the extreme importance of the events of that movie.

The question is, what will Ant-Man’s role be in “Captain Marvel?” Scott was lost in the Quantum Realm when Hank, Hope and Janet disappeared thanks to Thanos’ actions, but Scott never actually saw that happen — so as far as we know, he doesn’t actually know about it. That means, at least right now, that Scott can’t tip off Carol about Thanos in the future, which seems like it would be a logical role for a time-traveling hero to fill. Still, Ant-Man’s appearance in the 1990s could provide him a way to get rescued from the Quantum Realm back in 2018.

Then again, maybe it’s Captain Marvel who could provide key information to Ant-Man to take back to the future with him. Carol got her powers from an alien named Mar-Vell, played in “Captain Marvel” by Jude Law, and in the comics, Mar-Vell has been standing in Thanos’ way for a while. It could be that Carol will send Ant-Man back to the future with an inside scoop that could help deal with the Thanos situation while the heroes wait for her to arrive on the scene.

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Or maybe this is a completely wrong guess and the time travel shenanigans we’re assuming Ant-Man is about to go on will skip over “Captain Marvel” entirely. At the very least, we’ll find out in March 2019.

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Marvel has been pretty good about keeping “Avengers 4” details under wraps for the most part, but they haven’t been airtight. Some set photos have leaked that indicate strongly that time travel will be involved (we’ll spare you the details in case you don’t want to know anything concrete), and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” certainly provides the means for getting some kind of time travel party started.

The Quantum Realm is the key to this line of thinking — folks in both “Ant-Man” movies make offhand comments about time being weird there, but the most pointed line comes right at the end of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” during the mid-credits scene when Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) gives Scott (Paul Rudd) a strange warning right as he’s about to travel through the quantum tunnel: “Don’t get sucked into a time vortex.”

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Now, that is an extremely interesting concept for Janet to bring up right before she, Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank (Michael Douglas) are turned to dust by the finger snap Thanos (Josh Brolin) used to eliminate half the life in the universe in “Avengers: Infinity War,” marooning Scott in the Quantum Realm. And we can’t help but assume that reference means that Scott will definitely get sucked into a time vortex, and it’ll likely play into MCU events from here forward.

There are any number of ways that Quantum Realm time travel could matter hugely in the resolution to the war with Thanos, and we’ve come up with a few possibilities for how this will play out. Now, we’re not going to guess here about how “Avengers 4” will end — that level of speculation is way beyond this nugget we were given in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

But, for now, we’re going to assume that Scott being stuck in the Quantum Realm is the incident that sets the events of “Avengers 4” in motion, and so here we’re going to think about the ways Scott’s second visit to the Quantum Realm will play out. We’re not saying any of them will definitely happen — but from our view, with so little info about where all this is going, these feel like the most likely possibilities, either individually or in tandem with each other. So let’s dig in.

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1. Scott will encounter a past version of Janet in the Quantum Realm

All that talk about how time works differently in the Quantum Realm has thus far just been talk — we haven’t actually seen any evidence of time weirdness down there yet. Janet apparently even aged normally in the Quantum Realm, which seems a bit odd, and she discusses the length of time she spent in the Quantum Realm in the same terms as Hope and Hank do, which suggests she experienced it the same way they did.

But there’s one very important quantum concept that would give us some wacky Quantum Realm time stuff and also provide the impetus for Scott to go on his time journey: the idea that time is not linear in the Quantum Realm.

The concept here, which relies on actual quantum physics, is that in the Quantum Realm, all times are happening simultaneously, and that physical locations within the Quantum Realm also correspond with different times — like, for example, your bedroom in your home being 2018 but your bathroom being in 1918. Basically, the Quantum Realm’s weirdness creates an intersection of all those times and locations, which Scott could travel between freely if he knew how. Which would mean, then, that Janet is and will always be down there in certain locations because they’re different points in time, even though she returned to the normal world. Thus, Scott could meet her in one of those locations that also includes a different bit of time.

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That could potentially give Scott access to a person with intimate knowledge of the Quantum Realm, as well as Quantum Realm powers, to bring to bear in the conflict with Thanos in 2018.

2. Wherever Scott time travels to, Janet goes with him

Given the way Hank and Janet have described the Quantum Realm, it seems a little bit odd that Janet aged normally in the three decades she was down there. But what if she wasn’t actually in the Quantum Realm for that long? What if, instead, past Janet met present Scott and went on a time travel adventure with him back to the normal world and that’s why she aged (and also, maybe, how she managed to survive in a place where food and water could seemingly not exist)?

The logic for this involves a time loop, because there has to be a reason why Janet returned to the Quantum Realm, where Hank and Hope would eventually rescue her, instead of just finding Hank and Hope in the real world after escaping the Quantum Realm. One easy answer: Wherever Scott and Janet pop out of the Quantum Realm is a time before Janet was lost within it. If that’s the case, she’d find herself in a time where there would be two Janets: the original, who is living her life as the superhero Wasp, wife to Hank and mother to Hope, and the Janet from the future who traveled with Scott. If the future Janet interfered with her past self or her family, she would upset the series of events that led to her being in the Quantum Realm in the first place — just like how Marty McFly accidentally messed up the meeting of his parents in “Back to the Future.”

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If the events of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” never occurred, then Scott would not have been marooned in the Quantum Realm — so in essence, Janet would have to return to the Quantum Realm in order to make sure that the chain of events could be set in motion.

All that could mean that, like Doctor Strange, Janet has potentially even seen the end of the war (or at least, a potential end) before it was even fought, thanks to her ability to time travel. And that could provide the heroes with essential information in “Avengers 4.”

3. Scott could pop up in “Captain Marvel”

Next year’s “Captain Marvel” is set in the 1990s, a time period unexplored in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far. And so if Ant-Man is going to travel through time, it would be perfectly reasonable to expect that’s where he could end up. Now, it doesn’t seem particularly likely that he will be a major player in that film’s events because we would probably know if Paul Rudd had been spending a lot of time on the “Captain Marvel” set, but he definitely could pop up in a mid-credits cliffhanger. What that sort of appearance would mean for the greater story is tough to grasp, though, but at least showing up in the past could provide a means for someone to save Scott from the Quantum Realm in the future.

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4. Scott could give Captain Marvel the heads-up about Thanos — somehow

Scott having access to time travel ahead of “Avengers 4” definitely feels like it’ll have some major role to play in reversing the events of “Infinity War” and saving all the characters lost to Thanos’ snap and the Infinity Stones. How that might work, however, is a very open question. And if Scott shows up in “Captain Marvel,” the natural assumption would be that his usefulness will be in alerting Captain Marvel to the Thanos threat in the future. The trouble is, as of the end of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Scott doesn’t know about Thanos at all.

We have a pretty good idea that “Captain Marvel” will be integral to dealing with Thanos, both because of the “Infinity War” post-credits scene in which Nick Fury contacts her, and because of her backstory in the comics. Carol Danvers, who becomes Captain Marvel, gets her powers from a Kree alien called Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel, who’s played by Jude Law in the movie. In the Marvel comics, Mar-Vell has a history fighting Thanos; Mar-Vell dies after Carol gets her powers, passing the mantle of Captain Marvel on to her.

We also know that, obviously, Captain Marvel has not been an active part of the MCU for the past 10 years. Something had to take her out of the proceedings; if she was around, it would make sense for Nick Fury to have contacted her during “The Avengers” to help fight off the alien invasion of New York, for instance. Carol must have something important to be doing. Maybe that thing is her leaving Earth to find a way to beat Thanos or reverse the power of the Infinity Stones — thanks to information she got from Scott after he traveled through time to the past from 2018.

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“Ant-Man and the Wasp” ends with Scott being stuck in the Quantum Realm, after Hope, Hank and Janet all disappear, but Scott doesn’t have any information about what happened to them. So while it makes sense for him to warn Captain Marvel about Thanos in the past, there’s a missing piece about how he would know enough about the situation in 2018 to do that.

Janet’s line about getting sucked into a time vortex might hold a clue. It suggests that falling into one is accidental, and likely without control for where one might wind up if they do. Thus, Scott’s time travel could be uncontrolled, maybe taking him to multiple different time periods, possibly even to the future. Similarly, if Scott runs into a version of Janet still trapped in the Quantum Realm thanks to nonlinear time, she might have seen the Thanos situation play out, and could pass that info along.

We don’t know, but what we do know is, Scott traveling through time doesn’t make a ton of sense if he can’t do anything to change the future by altering the past. His interaction with Captain Marvel could be a great excuse for her to leave Earth, taking her out of the MCU until “Avengers 4,” though.

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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Mid-Credits Scene Explained: What Is a Time Vortex?

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(Note: This post contains major spoilers for the end of “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Read on at your own risk!)

So here we are, at the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film after that completely bananas cliffhanger at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.” And while “Ant-Man and the Wasp” largely takes place prior to the war with Thanos (Josh Brolin), it does eventually catch up to the finger snap and ends on a cliffhanger of its own.

Technically, the entire film goes by without so much as a mention of any kind of invasion by the Black Order and their forces — it’s only in the mid-credits scene that “Ant-Man and the Wasp” gets its explicit tie to the MCU’s greater conflict.

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In that scene we see that Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and the newly rescued Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) have seemingly shrunk down the quantum tunnel device so that a single person can travel through it. And that single person, in this instance, is Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) himself, who is heading down to the Quantum Realm to collect “healing particles” for Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen).

But while Ant-Man is down there, the climax of “Infinity War” finally occurs — and Janet, Hank and Hope (Evangeline Lilly) are all turned to dust. Ant-Man survives, but is now stuck in the Quantum Realm.

On its face, the post-credit scene suggests a couple of things. First, Ant-Man seemingly has no way out of the Quantum Realm, and since we’re now caught up to the ending of “Infinity War,” it seems that’s where we’ll find Scott at the start of that movie. Second, Ant-Man and co. are still in contact with Ghost and, as Scott mentions, she’s their new “friend.” Scott’s collecting those quantum healing particles for Ghost’s benefit. Since she’s still around, and apparently still has her phasing affliction, Ghost and Dr. Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne) could potentially be part of the story going forward in “Avengers 4.”

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Now, let’s back up a moment. Just before Ant-Man takes that fateful journey, Janet warns him about a couple things. First, she says to watch out for those microscoping manatee-looking things called tardigrades, which Janet says will eat him if he lets them get close enough. Second, and probably much more important, she warns him to not “get sucked into a time vortex.”

This is the first time such a concept is mentioned, though both Janet and Hank have discussed the fact that time does not work the same way in the Quantum Realm as it does in the normal world. But we have not seen any sort of demonstration of any real time weirdness. A so-called “time vortex,” however, would certainly fit that bill.

That said, it’s tough to guess what exactly a time vortex is or how it works. Presumably, it would make an object or person sucked into it travel through time. The big question is what else it does. Would a person sucked through a time vortex stay in the Quantum Realm? We would guess not, because in theory any time you move while you’re in the Quantum Realm you would be time traveling. It’s also doesn’t really change the situation much storywise if Scott is able to travel in time in the Quantum Realm — but stays stuck in the Quantum Realm.

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A time vortex that transports Ant-Man to another point in time and space — probably the past — would be convenient for the goings on of both “Avengers 4” and “Captain Marvel.” First, we know Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is a big deal for the story of “Avengers 4,” because Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) uses his last moments on Earth to contact her for help in the “Infinity War” post-credits scene. We also know for sure that “Captain Marvel” is set in the 1990s, so if Ant-Man was to wind up in the past, it would easily track for him to pop up in Captain Marvel’s story.

Captain Marvel acting on info about Thanos in the future would make sense, actually: She hasn’t been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe up to now, and finding out that Thanos was coming and that she would need some way to counteract the Infinity Stones, or otherwise stop him, would give her a good excuse to leave Earth and go in search of knowledge or a weapon of some kind. That would explain her absence between the 1990s and 2018.

Another possibility: Ant-Man’s time travel could directly affect the story of “Avengers 4,” giving the Avengers a new path to victory against Thanos. Since it’s clear that even big bands of superheroes were unable to stand against the Mad Titan at full strength, time travel might give them an opportunity to undo the ending of “Infinity War” by beating Thanos before he had an army or the Infinity Stones. That could potentially stop “Infinity War” from ever happening. Even just a warning from Ant-Man about what’s coming could massively alter the timeline. We know that Thanos was on the scene even as far back as “The Avengers,” so presumably time travel could alter much of the MCU.

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Of course, the issue as it stands right now is that Scott does not know what happened up in the normal world — he’s just stuck down there in the Quantum Realm clueless about the war.

At least for now.

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“Ant-Man and the Wasp” catches up with two superhero characters who were, somewhat pointedly, not part of the big superhero team-up movie that acted as a culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: “Avengers: Infinity War.”

That doesn’t mean that Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Hope van Dyne, a.k.a. the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) were idle, though. They got up to their own adventure while the rest of the MCU was dealing with the situation with Thanos (Josh Brolin) and the Infinity Stones. Marvel has been teasing how “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will tie into the greater “Avengers” story pretty much since “Infinity War” was released, but up to now, there was only a single line detailing what happened with Scott since the events of “Captain America: Civil War” two years previous.

But while “Ant-Man and the Wasp” sheds some light on the situation with some characters, there are two big MCU movies on the horizon: “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers 4.” The MCU is well-known for its post-credits teasers that sometimes link one film series to the rest, and with the looming specter of “Infinity War” over the whole MCU franchise, that raises a very important question: Does “Ant-Man and the Wasp” have a post-credit scene?

The answer is a resounding “yes” — as has become Marvel tradition, there is both a mid-credits scene and a post-credit scene, and you’ll definitely want to stay in your seat for both.

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(Spoilers beyond this point for the post-credits scenes of “Ant-Man and the Wasp!”)

While “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is pretty much a self-contained story, there is a link to the greater happenings of the MCU. That link doesn’t come until the very end of the story, though: Marvel Studios held back the impact of Thanos’ actions on the Ant-Man crew until the movie’s mid-credits scene.

It finds Hope, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) sending Scott into the Quantum Realm with the use of the quantum tunnel Hope and Hank built during the course of the movie, shrunk down to fit in the back of the van belonging to Luis (Michael Peña). The plan is for Scott to gather quantum “healing particles” that will help stabilize Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) — who Scott calls “our new Ghost friend,” suggesting she has become an ally to the heroes.

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Just before Scott goes through the tunnel, Janet gives him a warning about what he might find there: that he should avoid the “tardigrade fields,” where the microscopic creatures called tardigrades might try to eat him, and to not fall into a “time vortex” — which sounds an awful lot like a potential tease for Ant-Man’s future in “Avengers 4,” possibly related to time travel.

As soon as Scott has what he needs, however, the scene catches up to the final moments of “Infinity War,” when Thanos’ finger snap causes half of all life in the universe to cease to exist. We see what happens at the same time as Thanos gets his wish in Wakanda, and among the casualties are Hope, Hank and Janet. The scene leaves Scott seemingly stuck in the Quantum Realm with no one at the controls to bring him back to normal size. It seems it might not be until “Avengers 4” that we find out how Scott will make it back home.

There’s also the post-credits scene at the end of the movie, which might hint at who else fell victim to Thanos. It heads back into Scott’s house, where the giant ant Hope left behind to fool Scott’s ankle monitor is hanging out, playing Scott’s electronic drum set. It’s a continuation of one of the jokes in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” but the camera panning over a TV set with its feed off the air suggests the wide-ranging aftermath of Thanos’ actions. It’s also somewhat pointed that Luis isn’t at home — here’s hoping he was in the lucky half of humanity.

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“Ant-Man and the Wasp” ends with one last final joke, as well. Marvel traditionally leaves off each MCU movie with a message that the characters of the film will be back. “Infinity War” ended with the joke, “Thanos will return,” but “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is less funny and more heart-wrenching. It ends with the message, “Ant-Man and the Wasp will return.” After a moment, though, the period becomes a question mark, leaving the fates of the characters up in the air.

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