Totally speculative theories by Ricci Kearney
1. The Timeline
It took one second. One moment. One action that changed everything. After the “snap” that reshaped the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, many fans were left wondering where exactly in the MCU timeline would “Ant-Man and the Wasp” fall? Would it show any fallout of Thanos’ assualt on our mighty Avengers or would it take place sometime before?
Ant-Man seems to be the comic relief for the MCU, allowing us to enjoy a fun and somewhat lighthearted affair after a dramatic MCU event. After we were left gasping at the death of Quicksilver in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, the original Ant-Man film allowed us to rejoice in a fun heist movie. Now while we are still attending our support groups after “Avengers: Infinity War”, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will deliver a breath of fresh air for fans of the MCU.
For this reason, it is my theory that “Ant-Man and the Wasp” takes place before the events of Infinity War. We get a mention of Ant-Man in Infinity War as we learn that he and Clint (Hawkeye) took a deal with the government to protect their families. This is referring to the events of “Captain America: Civil War” where Ant-Man and Hawkeye were labeled as enemies of the state for aiding Captain America. We also see in the trailer for “Ant-Man and the Wasp” that Scott is on house arrest. This leads me to believe that the movie takes place soon after Civil War and before Infinity War.
2. Ghost is Goliath’s Daughter
Ghost is honestly the character that I am most excited about in the film, mostly due to the actress playing her and the overall design of her character. She is going to make for some awesome action figures! Collecting aside, I am really looking forward to this new interpretation on the character. However, part of Ghost’s redesign seems to point directly to another “gigantic” co-star.
I have no problem with race or gender-bending characters, and in this instance it was done on purpose to draw parallels between two characters. In the trailer, we see that Bill Foster (played by Laurene Fishburne) worked with Hank Pym on developing the Pym Particles. We also learn that Bill Foster went by the alias of Goliath. I have a theory that Foster is actually the father of Ghost. Gender and race bending the character would allow Marvel to draw a parallel between Hank Pym and his daughter, the Wasp, and Foster and his daughter, Ghost. This would create an interesting parallel and continue the theme of family we saw in the last film.
3. OG Wasp IS The Villain
I am beyond excited that Michelle Pfeiffer is returning to the world of comic book movies. This is the genre that has made her an icon in the eyes and hearts of geeks everywhere. Her role as Selena Kyle aka Catwoman in “Batman Returns” is truly legendary and one of the best if not the best versions of the character. Michelle was on my list of actors and actresses I would hope Marvel would sign to a contract and I was so happy that she was cast as Janet van Dyne. But let’s be honest… Michelle is best as a villain.
Now we know that part of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will deal with saving Janet from the Quantum Realm. Rumors also have it that one of the many dimensions and realms we saw in “Doctor Strange” when the Ancient One opened his mind was the Quantum Realm. Once Janet is “rescued” from the realm, how are we even sure she is the same as when she entered it in the first place? Also, the term “rescue” is relative. Janet is a smart woman and a very capable scientist in her own right. Maybe she wasn’t stuck there all these years. Maybe she chose to be in the Quantum Realm for a reason. A reason that could shake the MCU to its very foundation.
4. A New Partner
In the trailer for “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Cassie Lang’s comment to her father about his difficulties in his crimefighting lifestyle speaks volumes. At first her comment towards her father that “Maybe you just need someone watching your back… like a partner” alludes to the introduction of the Wasp in the film. Well, it does. I mean, her name is in the title. But to this theorist, it speaks much, much more.
Scott Lang is famous for having another partner in the pages of Marvel comics. That partner is none other than his own daughter, Cassie! In the comics, Cassie becomes the hero known as Stinger after exposing herself to the same Pym Particles her father uses to alter his size. Bringing Stinger into the MCU would bring an interesting dynamic to the Ant-Man character and really focus in on the family dynamic seen so far in the Ant-Man franchise. There are also rumors that there was a cast listing for an older Cassie Lang for the fourth Avengers film. With “the snap” turning half the Marvel Cinematic Universe to dust, Wasp may no longer exist creating an opening for Cassie to be the partner her father will need.
5. Hawkeye Returns
During the marketing for “Avengers: Infinity War”, images of Ant-Man, Wasp, and Hawkeye appeared alongside the other Avengers who were in the movie. Photos also surfaced of Hawkeye in his Ronin costume from the comics, alluding that he would take on a new identity in the film. This turned out to be a misdirect as neither one of the heroes appeared in the actual film. This left fans of the Golden Archer scratching their heads and wondering, especially after the events of the film, if we would see him at all. I have a theory that we will see Hawkeye in this film, and it will be heartbreaking.
My theory is that we will get a mention of Clint in the film by Scott. Scott will tell us that part of his government deal is that he is to have no contact with any of the Avengers. Then after the credits, we see Clint, on his farm, wearing his ankle monitor. He is outside enjoying time with his family. Then his daughter runs towards him, arms stretched out to hug her father. Just as she jumps into the air, a flash of white covers the screen. Once the light fades, we see her slowly fade into dust as she reaches her father’s arms. Then, Clint watches as his wife and son turn into dust. The screen then fades to black. White words appear on the screen reminding us that “Thanos Will Return”.
This immediately brings Hawkeye into the fight once again while immediately connecting him to the events of Infinity War. It also provides the motivation to bring out his Ronin costume, change his identity, find his friends, and do whatever it takes to take down Thanos. This event also immediately makes Hawkeye more of a central and important character in the next Avengers film.
So there you have it! My top 5 “Ant-Man and the Wasp” theories! What do you think? What are your theories on Avengers 4 and the next chapter in the journey of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Please leave your theories and comments below!
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