The plot of Ant-Man and the Wasp could have a surprisingly big impact on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The sequel to Paul Rudd’s starring vehicle as the title character is due out next July, only two months after the premiere of the much-heralded Avengers: Infinity War and only one summer before the as-yet untitled fourth Avengers movie. With Infinity War grabbing most of the MCU buzz and installments like Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 racking up the commercial success and critical acclaim, the Ant-Man sub-franchise seems to have fallen to the back-burner of the MCU consciousness.
Still, there was one aspect of Ant-Man that could turn out to be more important than you think. The debut of the subatomic quantum realm – and Scott Lang’s ultimate survival of it to return to the macroscopic world – will again play a major role in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and it could also significantly impact future films across the MCU that come after it.