Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”
You know the drill by now, Marvel fans.
When you head out to theaters to see “Ant-Man and the Wasp” make sure to stick around for two extra scenes after the movie ends.
The second scene is mostly a throwaway gag that’s been teased in trailers, but the first one has lasting consequences which will carry over into next year’s “Avengers” sequel.
In case you missed either of them, we have you covered.
This is your last chance to head back before spoilers.
The first end-credits scene
The scene unfolds on the reunited Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). The married couple are on a roof prepping an experiment.
“I used to be a respected scientist,” says Hank.
“You wanted a smaller Quantum tunnel. It has flair,” Mrs. Van Dyne reassures him.
The two are staring at a smaller version of the Quantum tunnel they used to get Janet out of the Quantum Realm. It’s sitting in the back of Luis’ (Michael Peña) work van with the doors open.
Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) comes out of the van in the Ant-Man suit. He’s holding a canister and is prepping to go back inside the Quantum Realm.
The Van Dynes, including Hope (Evangeline Lilly), warn not to get sucked into a time vortex.
“We won’t be able to save you,” he’s told.
Scott heads into the tunnel and once he’s transported into the Quantum Realm the Van Dynes tell him they have a read on him. His trip down there is supposed to be a quick test and he’s supposed to come right back.
As the camera is focused on Ant-Man, the Van Dynes are prepping to bring him back.
“Preparing for re-entry in …”
The voice gets cut off. Scott thinks it’s a joke. (Mr. Van Dyne likes to pull his leg after all.)
The scene cuts to the family of three who have disappeared. All that’s left of them are brown specs floating in the wind.
What it means: It’s not looking good for Scott.
Let’s start with the most obvious before we get to the bigger implications of that small scene. The end of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” catches up to the events of the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.” If you need a refresher, villain Thanos collected all six of the Infinity stones, joined them together in a gauntlet, and then rid of half the galaxy’s population with the snap of his fingers. (You can read more on it and it’s implications here for the franchise moving forward.)
The characters in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” were affected by Thanos’ mighty purge, too. Hank Pym, Janet, and Hope Van Dyne are all seen after they disappeared much like Black Panther, Bucky, Spider-Man, and more at the end of “Infinity War.”
Scott, on the other hand, is one of the survivors. Unfortunately, he’s trapped inside the Quantum Realm with no obvious way out. Hopefully, someone will find him to help get him out, but since Scott’s on a rooftop, that’s seems unlikely. Scott may have a back-up plan to escape. If he has an extra Pym particle disk, he can instantly make himself large again — though that may be risky to use in the Quantum Realm.
Otherwise, Lang may go against warnings of the Van Dynes, get sucked into a time vortex, and hope for the best.
What it means for the next “Avengers” movie
We see two potential outcomes of Scott Lang being stuck in the Quantum Realm. Both involve time travel, just at different moments.
1. Lang uses the Quantum Realm to travel back in time to alter the course of history.
We doubt Lang was simply warned about slipping into a time vortex just for the heck of it. There’s a very good chance Lang may wind up getting sucked into a vortex and go back in time to warn the Avengers of the events that will unfold.
There’s just one problem with this. Lang isn’t aware that Janet, Hank, and Hope disappeared along with half of the world’s population. He doesn’t know who Thanos and he probably isn’t aware of the Infinity Stones. At the moment, Lang has no reason to want to go back to the past.
As a work around, Lang could head into a time vortex and either communicate with Wang (hopefully, he’s alive after the events of “Infinity War”) or wind up back with Tony Stark. That feels a bit too convenient so there’s a more likely scenario we see happening.
2. Tony Stark finds Scott Lang and the two travel back in time using the Quantum Realm or some other technology created by Stark to stop Thanos.
The last time we saw Stark he was stuck in space, on the planet Titan, with Nebula. She most likely still has her ship in tact. Stark is probably going to want to head home ASAP to find out who — if any of the Avengers — are still alive. We bet the two of them will travel back to Earth and regroup with the rest of the surviving Avengers. When Stark finds many of their team have disappeared, it will probably be all hands on deck.
Tony Stark is the only person as technologically savvy as Hank Pym in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who we currently know is alive (sorry Shuri!). Stark will probably have some gadget available to help locate the likes of Lang (and hopefully Hawkeye). Stark may very well be the one to get him out of the Quantum Realm and then either use that technology or another one to go back in time with Ant-Man to prevent the Snappening.
Why we’re convinced time travel will play a role in “Avengers 4.”
The reigning theory for the next “Avengers” movie is that time travel will play a part to alter history and prevent Thanos from wiping half the galaxy from existence.
If you’ve been keeping tabs on everything related to “Avengers 4,” leaked photos of Ant-Man with Tony Stark have been on the web making it look like the two travel back to the events of 2012’s “Avengers.” While Stark looks a little older, the rest of the Avengers are wearing their older costumes that movie, suggesting the two may travel back in time to prevent Thanos from getting his hands on the Infinity Stones. We’re not going to link to the photos here, but a quick Google search will lead you to them.
There’s precedence for this in the comics.
There is a 10-part series from 2013 called “Age of Ultron” from Brian Michael Bendis where Wolverine was sent back in time to prevent a bunch of superheroes from being killed by the human hating A.I. Ultron.
Yes, we’ve already had an “Age of Ultron” movie in 2015, but hear us out.
Unlike 2015’s “Avengers” sequel, it’s Hank Pym, not Tony Stark, who creates Ultron. In Brian Michael Bendis’ comic, Ultron isn’t just killing heroes. He succeeds in killing millions of people along with characters including Thor, Hulk, and Jessica Jones. Major cities like New York and Washington, D.C. are demolished.
The remaining heroes, led by Tony Stark and a despondent Captain America, enact a plan made by Nick Fury in the event of the end of the world. Wolverine heads back in time to warn Pym about his creation to prevent it from wiping out humanity in the future. He doesn’t use the Quantum Realm to do it. Instead, he uses what’s called a time platform created by Doctor Doom.
We may see something very similar play out in “Avengers 4” in terms of time travel now that half the galaxy — and many of the Avengers — has been vanquished by Thanos. Of course, neither Hank Pym nor Tony Stark created Thanos, but they can give a former Stark or the Avengers a heads up about the Mad Titan. And Nick Fury has already put some sort of plan into action. Remember, he put out an emergency alert for Captain Marvel at the very end of “Infinity War” to come save the day.
Don’t expect to see Wolverine — Hugh Jackman retired from playing the character after 2017’s “Logan” — and Disney doesn’t own the rights to him or the X-Men (yet, anyway). But that could be where Ant-Man comes into play.
The second end-credits scene
This is a simple, much shorter scene. It opens up on a somber moment. A television is on in Scott Lang’s home. It’s emitting an emergency broadcast tone. The camera slowly pans around the room to a hallway where a giant ant is seen playing the drums Scott was wailing away at earlier in the movie.
The screen then fades to black and the words, “Ant-Man and the Wasp will return …” appear on screen. But it quickly changes into a question so the screen reads: “Ant-Man and the Wasp will return?”
What it means
This is mostly a funny gag scene. The giant ant playing the drums has been seen in some of the trailers for the film. It’s most likely the same giant ant who pretended to be Lang under house arrest earlier in the film.
The most telling part of the scene is at the start. The emergency broadcast system provides evidence evidence that it’s not just the heroes who disappeared when Thanos snapped his fingers at the end of “Infinity War.” It appears half the planet really ceased to exist and San Francisco is feeling the effects.
The most curious bit about the television being on in Lang’s home is that the home appears to be vacant, save that meddlesome ant. Was there someone watching the TV who vanished into thin air? Perhaps Cassie and her mom dropped by or Luis and Scott’s friends? Or was the TV simply on for the large ant who was making himself at home?