Given the traumatic closing sequence of Infinity War, and the need for the events of next year’s Avengers 4 to dramatically counter the damage that was just done to the MCU’s most iconic superhero team, it’s not that surprising there’s been a lot less hype and expectation around Ant-Man & The Wasp. Well, the way that Marvel fans view the second Ant-Man movie might be about to change, as its director just dropped a HUGE hint about how important his little sequel is to the upcoming fourth Avengers film.
Ever since a series of unauthorized photos were leaked online from the set of next year’s as-yet untitled Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster, there’s been huge speculation amongst fans that the plot is going to use some form of time-travel mechanism to send the surviving Avengers back to the events of their previous solo movies, in order to secure the Infinity Stones before Thanos could get them.
Seems like we’re in for some great Hulk content in Avengers 4 from these Set Photos. pic.twitter.com/kXTcWPUwsK
— SPF (@SpideySensesYou) August 15, 2018
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Avengers 4 set photos
Cap, Tony, Hulk, Scott Lang and Loki
On the set of the battle of New York from “Avengers 2012”
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Scenes teased a trip back to the Battle of New York, with Tony and Scott trying to take possession of Loki’s sceptre, thus ensuring the Infinity Gauntlet could never be created.
Until now, the presence of wrist-mounted tech devices on each of the 2018 characters in the leaked photos had been interpreted by observers to mean that the modern-day versions of the Avengers would be using Stark tech to move backwards through the time-stream.
Ant-Man helmer Peyton Reed, however, just let slip some information that suggests a markedly different explanation.
The Marvel movie-maker was talking to The Huffington Post this week about Ant-Man and the Wasp when he inadvertently disclosed the following:
“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. I have to be careful here, as you well know…”
Reed’s immediate need to qualify his comments, given the dim view that Marvel traditionally take on their employees dropping spoilers about future projects, is quite telling about the magnitude of what he had just revealed. The ‘Time-Vortex’ he refers to insinuates that it will be Pym-tech that will propel our heroes back into the past to save their future. It’s also something that was briefly, but directly referenced in the new Ant-Man movie.
At one point, a newly-rescued Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) advises Scott to take care, and avoid any time vortexes he might encounter during his trip into the Quantum Realm, explaining that falling into one would be similar to falling into a temporal Black Hole. This comment pretty much confirms that the Quantum Realm has the ability to propel people through time as well as space, flagging the fact that this will be the means that the heroes use in Avengers 4.
The fact that Marvel had already gone and cast a significantly older actress to play Scott’s daughter Cassie Lang had suggested that it would take some time for the other Avengers to figure out Scott was trapped in the Quantum Realm, and rescue him. But the confirmation of the existence of Time Vortex’s now means Scott May use one to escape, appearing several years in his future.
It also be the vehicle the vehicle that transports Captain Marvel through time from the 1990’s to assist in the fight against Thanos.
Avengers 4 is due for release May 3rd, 2019 – with a teaser trailer likely to hit our screens before the end of this year.