ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is now in theaters! While it works well as it’s own sequel, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP also serves as a pretty great sequel to CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. It also has a crazy connection to INFINITY WAR. Let’s look at the ANT-MAN AND THE WASP connections to the MCU overall. If you’d like to see a review of just the movie itself, check out our review of ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, written by the awesome Matt Attanasio!

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR ANT-MAN AND THE WASP AS WELL AS ITS POST-CREDITS SCENES!

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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Connections To CIVIL WAR

The positions we see our main characters at the film’s start, Scott, Hank, and Hope, all have to do with the events of CIVIL WAR two years prior. After Scott went to Germany to fight alongside Captain America, he made a deal with the FBI and German government to go under 2 years of house arrest along with 5 years on probation. This allows him to still be with his family, most notably his daughter Cassie.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP begins 3 days before Scott’s house arrest is up. He has an ankle monitor so that the FBI can keep tabs on him. Stuck in the house for two years, Scott spends his days cooped up, trying his best to creatively spend his time. It’s also revealed that he hasn’t spoken or been in contact with either Hank nor Hope since Germany. Apparently, he didn’t tell them he was joining Cap, or that he was taking one of Hank’s suits.

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We find Hope and Hank on the run as fugitives. This is because it was Hank’s tech Scott used in Germany. This means that in the eyes of the government, they are in violation of the Sokovia Accords. It’s pretty much why they now hate Scott. The FBI wants to arrest them just as much as Cap and his other allies.

Hank and Hope are constantly on the move, working in a mobile, shrinkable lab. They’re attempting to build a quantum tunnel in order to rescue Janet, Hank’s wife, and Hope’s mom. The only reason they even reach out to Scott again is that they realize he has a connection with Janet due to his time in the Quantum Realm from the first film.

Tensions As A Result Of CIVIL WAR

CIVIL WAR results in lots of the tension that takes place in the form of the FBI trying to arrest the main characters. This is in addition to them having to deal with weapons dealers and the Ghost. Scott leaving his house arrest early puts him in serious danger of significant prison time. While Hank programs an ant to mimic Scott’s daily routine while wearing the ankle monitor, Scott still has to rush back home before the FBI arrives. They continually grow more suspicious, hearing about Ant-Man sightings.

The FBI also results in the tension coming into play between Scott and Hope/Hank. They feel like he abandoned him by going to Germany, forcing them to go on the run. Now, in this film, Scott is torn between helping them and protecting his relationship with Cassie. Helping his friends jeopardizes his chance to be a father. However, he manages to make it work and do the right thing by all of them.

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Hope feels personally hurt by Scott leaving for Germany. Firstly, because he left, forcing her and Hank to go on the run. She’s also hurt secondly because Scott didn’t ask her to go with him. When he asks if she would have, she says they’ll never know. However, she does add that if he had, he wouldn’t have been caught and arrested.

It’s interesting to note that director Peyton Reed revealed in an interview that in initial CIVIL WAR talks, there was an interest to debut the Wasp alongside Giant-Man. However, Reed strongly urged producers to save Wasp for ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. I personally think this was ultimately the better decision. Evangeline Lily is amazing as the Wasp and totally deserves the bigger debut in this film than the lesser one she would have had in CIVIL WAR.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Connections To INFINITY WAR

The ANT-MAN AND THE WASP connections to INFINITY WAR lie solely in the film’s post-credits scenes.

In the first post-credits scene, Scott goes back into the Quantum Realm. Hank, Hope, and Janet are running tests and monitoring. Scott is there to gather supposedly healing energies that could help Ghost. As Hank begins to count down the seconds to when they would bring Scott back to full size, he suddenly stops.

Scott tells them to stop joking, only to receive no answer. He keeps calling out, getting more and more worried. We see three piles of dust where Hope, Hank, and Janet were standing moments before. Thanos has just erased half of all life in the universe, and they were casualties. What’s more is now there’s no one to bring Scott back. He is stuck within the Quantum Realm.

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The second post-credits scene shows Hank’s ant still running through its programming, playing the drums in Scott’s house, as per his daily house arrest routine. However, in the background you can see and hear the emergency broadcast on the television, signifying that the world is in crisis after The Snap.

After the post-credits scene, we get the closing line that most MCU movies now have, informing that the film’s respective hero will return. And that’s what we get at first:

“Ant-Man and the Wasp will return.”

However, a few moments after the line appears on the screen, a question mark is added.

The Post-Credits Scenes Were Sad, But Not Surprising

First off, many MCU fans saw this post-credits scene coming from a mile away. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is going to end on a happy note, being a humorous film in order to supposedly help fans cope with the intense tragic note that ended INFINITY WAR. Then BOOM! Someone is going to disappear from The Snap, reminding fans that the MCU is drastically different as a result of Thanos, and nothing can change that until AVENGERS 4.

Even though I knew it was coming, the feels were still there. I felt the same way I did watching The Snap in INFINITY WAR: disbelief and unsure how to handle what I was seeing.

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What the ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Connections Mean For The Future

The post-credits scenes provide some indicators for the future of the MCU. Many have long believed that the Quantum Realm will play a big part in how the Avengers fight back against Thanos, with many seeing it as a potential vehicle for time travel. As Hank says in the first ANT-MAN, the Quantum Realm is beyond time and space.

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While ANT-MAN AND THE WASP doesn’t reveal anything specific about the Realm’s potential for time travel, it does reveal that it is a powerful, unknown dimension, seemingly having energies to gather and harness. It also seemingly gave Janet some sort of abilities as a result of her extended time there. It looks as though we won’t know more until AVENGERS 4, but perhaps CAPTAIN MARVEL could shed more light? We’ll have to wait and see.

In any case, the ANT-MAN AND THE WASP connections to the rest of MCU are pretty cool, making it a pretty fun sequel to CIVIL WAR and another building block towards AVENGERS 4.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is in theaters now!

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