The standalone Captain Marvel movie will revisit the Quantum Realm. The alternate dimension was first introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015’s Ant-Man film, when Scott Lang went sub-atomic and entered the Quantum Realm in an attempt to save his daughter from the villainous Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) – and as a result, almost lost himself in it, before entering back into his own reality at the last minute. The concept was then further explored and explained heavily in last year’s Doctor Strange, as the Sorcerer Supreme explored and learned more about the multiverse for the first time.
But even though the Quantum Realm, along with some of the other dimensions in the Marvel multiverse have been introduced and explored in those two films, it’s clear that there’s still quite a bit about the multiverse that fans still don’t know, and have yet to see really played around with. It looks like they won’t have to wait until the next Doctor Strange film to see the Quantum Realm revisited again, either.
In a new interview with Inverse about his work with Marvel Studios, Quantum Physicist Dr. Spiros Michalakis gave some new insight into just how integral and influential the Quantum Realm will turn out to be in future Marvel films, particularly in exploring the full scope of, say Ant-Man’s powers. Then, Michalakis went on to briefly tease how the Quantum Realm will play a role in Captain Marvel, and how it will give a “better understanding of Carol Danvers and her place in the MCU“:
“This is exciting for the future. There are different ways that some of these ideas appear on-screen in a few years. Not just for Ant-Man, but also for Captain Marvel and all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Now, it’s already known that Marvel will be playing rather fast and loose with Carol Danvers’ origin story in Captain Marvel, but that still doesn’t take any of the mystery away from Michalakis’ comments here. Captain Marvel’s powers are, after all, cosmic-based and when she’s not on Earth, she’s usually spending time exploring space and policing throughout the galaxy from time to time. So how exactly Marvel will find a way to link Carol Danvers’ story in the Captain Marvel film with the Quantum Realm, should be interesting to find out.
Her connection to the Quantum Realm in the film could, after all, only further be a way for Marvel to accentuate the full scope of Carol Danvers’ powers, which Kevin Feige has been hinting at from the moment he first announced the Captain Marvel movie was happening. Carol will be arriving just in the nick of time too, with the film hitting theaters following years of fans begging for the fan-favorite character to be brought to life on the big screen. Currently set to come out after the first Infinity War film but before the currently untitled Avengers 4 , Carol is the kind of powerful character that the MCU and the Avengers will need on their side in order to defeat Thanos – and one whose introduction should turn out to be one of Marvel’s most impactful to date.