The first trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp confirmed the movie's setting, and it could have a major impact on the ending to Avengers: Infinity War. The first footage of the sequel to 2015's Ant-Man didn't seem to reveal all that much, as it focused much more on the titular hero's new partner the Wasp than it did on the movie's actual plot. That said, today's trailer did reveal a bit about the MCU origins of the movie's villain, Ghost, and it also confirmed a surprising fact about when the movie takes place.
It seems that Ant-Man and the Wasp will directly follow up on the events of Captain America: Civil War, but it will apparently take place before Infinity War, a film which hits theaters two months prior to the Ant-Man sequel's debut. MCU films have previously followed a fairly linear timeline, so this is definitely a new development for the shared universe.
While the change will probably end up being a source of minor confusion for casual fans, its biggest impact will likely be felt in Infinity War. We've known for some time now that Marvel would be releasing both Ant-Man 2 and Captain Marvel in between the third and fourth chapters in the Avengers saga. Initially, there was concern that sandwiching those two films in the midst of Thanos' invasion would make them seem inconsequential. How could anything else matter when the planet is under siege by the Mad Titan himself? But now that we know that Captain Marvel takes place in the '90s, today's trailer confirms that both of those two movies are set before the events of Infinity War, clearing the slate between the third and fourth Avengers flicks. And that means that all bets are off when Thanos comes to town; no one is safe, and literally anything can happen.
The decision to set Ant-Man and the Wasp in the aftermath of Civil War and before Infinity War makes a lot of sense. Scott Lang took a serious risk by signing up for team Captain America, a move he didn't really have to make. He ended up paying a significant price for it, landing himself behind bars at The Raft. Worse yet, when he was taken into custody, we presume that the government confiscated the Ant-Man suit packed with Pym Particles, potentially exposing the formula his mentor Hank Pym had spent years protecting. This needs to be addressed in the sequel. And like we said earlier, it'd be insanely tough to make any solo movie matter if it was taking place in the middle of a planet-wide alien invasion, so it's for the best that Marvel decided to bring their solo flicks to a halt while the conflict with Thanos is being resolved.
The question now becomes, well, just how awful will things be by the time the credits roll on Infinity War? Will Thanos have wiped out half of Earth's population with a snap of his fingers? Will Earth's Mightiest Heroes fall to the Mad Titan? Is time travel truly the answer? We'll find out in May.
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019