How Ant-Man 2 Could Address Infinity War's Ending
If Ant-Man & the Wasp is going to tackle Avengers: Infinity War's ending, then the immediate suggestion would be something of a repeat; Peyton Reed's sequel is a simple, linear narrative (from what we've seen) so if the movie goes all the way to the snap, we're sure to see heroes simply disappear. Losing Hope or Hank would definitely be a way to get the San Francisco hero back alongside the Avengers, and indeed Paul Rudd seems to be part of Avengers 4's time travel mission. However, even on paper that sounds a bit abrupt and outside of Ant-Man's more knockabout tone.
Indeed, a connection doesn't mean the heroes would have to vanish to tie in. It's been said Ant-Man & the Wasp is the most linked film to Infinity War, but that needn't mean anything direct. The film will deal heavily in the Quantum Realm, with the team trying to rescue Janet van Dyne. However, should they wind up there for an extended period and during the end of Infinity War, they may all survive Thanos' wrath, re-emerging in a world ravaged by population loss. Again, this may be too much for the movie, but it would make narrative sense as a way to bring the small heroes onto the big stage.
How Captain Marvel Could Address Infinity War's Ending
As far as we know, Captain Marvel will be the only character from her solo movie to be included in Avengers 4. It isn't clear when exactly the Kree-Skrull war will end, but it's certainly finished years before Guardians of the Galaxy (which takes place in 2014). Even if it only lasts a few years at the most, it feels safe that Captain Marvel will play into Avengers: Infinity War's ending in some form; the movie will surely see her give Fury the pager he has in the post-credits scene. The question is whether or not it will show Carol receiving the message; unless that moment is shown in Avengers 4, it would make sense for Captain Marvel's actual ending or its own post-credits scene to show Carol receiving the beacon that something is wrong.
Of course, this hinges as much on where and when Carol is when she receives that message. If she's getting it in the present day, then she's surely felt the impact of Thanos bringing balance herself. However, given the necessary time jump (unless Larson is playing someone twenty-five years older in Avengers 4), something more abstract is likely; the Quantum Realm may also factor in here, with Carol completely out of our dimension awaiting help. We can't speculate much more until the status of Captain Marvel is clearer, but her solo movie endpoint feels intrinsically linked to Avengers 4.
There's certainly a possibility neither Ant-Man & the Wasp or Captain Marvel address Infinity War's ending and leave all connectivity for Avengers 4. However, given the success of Avengers 3 and the final stages of the MCU's current arc, this is an opportunity for Marvel Studios to really tie everything together leading into the finale.
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019