The Consequences of Pym Particles and Quantum Energy
There must be consequences to this power and the audience is told as much, but Janet escapes the Quantum Realm with any consequence. This isn't the only time we've seen warnings and mentions of consequences without seeing the actual ramifications.
The Quantum Realm takes a toll on the mind. Scott Lang mentions it and Hank Pym experiences duress first hand during the different phases of entering Quantum Realm. But there's more and it has to do with the size-shifting technology itself. When we visited the set of first movie, the cast and crew spoke to us about Pym Particles having negative effect on the user, perhaps explaining the extreme volatility of Darren Cross a.k.a. Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) of the first film, and certainly the anger issues and arrogance of Hank Pym who seems to have burned bridges with every partner he's worked with in the past. It might even explain some of the actions of Elihas Starr a.k.a. Egghead (Ava's father) in the past which led to Ava's condition.
What will it do to Scott Lang and Hope? And what does Janet refer to when telling Hank that she's evolved in the Quantum Realm?
The Quantum Avengers
The most appealing part of Ant-Man and its place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that it was the only film to include and tell the story of a hero with a family, and in the sequel's case, generations of families. This dynamic gets even more complicated and continues to expand in Ant-Man and the Wasp with the additions of Bill Foster and Ava, or Goliath and Ghost, respectively.
With the original Wasp back as well, and everyone connected to Hank Pym in some weird way and having access to Quantum or Pym Particle related powers and tech, the Ant-Man family of heroes is massive. Especially if you add in the support staff of Luis (Michael Peña), Kurt (David Dastmalchian), and Dave (T.I.). They're essentially their own size-changing Avengers now on the run from the government.
So, even if we lose two Wasps and an Ant-Man in the mid-credits scene, Scott Lang doesn't have to be alone in Avengers 4. He has Cassie, and perhaps even Ghost although she may need help getting Quantum Energy to survive. Marvel Studios boss and producer Kevin Feige did tell us that there will be more female heroes than male ones in the MCU soon...
As for what's next for these heroes, it's an absolute must that these characters get another movie. There's so much more to do with a character like Ghost who has the power to phase through objects and who has S.H.I.E.L.D. field agent experience as a stealth operative and assassin. And we want to see more of Foster as well, maybe even him suiting up as Goliath at some point. When we interviewed Michael Douglas for Ant-Man and the Wasp, he was hopeful of a prequel, using Marvel's de-aging tech where young Bill, Hank, and Janet can suit up as the original Avengers in the '90s. Indeed, we know how much Marvel Studios loves playing with timelines; the next movie in the MCU after all, is set in the '90s. Captain Marvel releases in March, the last step on the path before Avengers 4 wraps up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in May 2019.
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019