So far, the Marvel subseries has been able to tell a self-contained narrative while still being able to contribute to the overall lore of the MCU. Ant-Man & The Wasp, in particular, is tipped to play an integral part in what goes down in next year's Avengers 4 considering that the sequel further established the Quantum Realm by introducing a brand new way to visit the mysterious place thanks to the invention of Quantum Tunnel. However, it turns out that given the chance, Reed would like to come back and resolve a hanging subplot from the first Ant-Man movie involving Carson.
Speaking with CinemaBlend, Reed addressed what seems like an abandoned plot thread and admitted that he really wants to revisit it if he's given the opportunity in the future. And while he didn't give out any indication that it will be fully explored moving forward, he shared that they can easily do that if future Ant-Man narratives call them to do so.
It's certainly something we talked about, because it was this dangling thing from the first movie: there are some Cross Tech particles out there. So we talked for a long time about whether we were going to actively pursue it in this movie, and we eventually sort of felt like, 'I don't feel like we want to double back and deal with that thing if it's not germane to the plot of this movie.' But it's still out there!
We shot a thing for the first Ant-Man that we eventually cut from the movie, which was a Mitchell Carson scene, because originally he got blown up in the Pym Tech implosion, and survived it, and was scarred. And then we had a thing sort of at the end where he was behind a desk at a hotel room or whatever, and a man was coming to take him out. And we actually shot that. And we shot it when poor Martin Donovan had Sciatica. He had serious back issues, so we didn't end up using it.
Based on Reed's comments, it sounds like they didn't have anything huge planned for Carson considering that they were supposed to wrap it up in the first film. But if Marvel Studios decides to pivot on their original plans, revisiting the villainous character (who also has ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA's infiltration of the organization) may be a great way to build a bigger story that will highlight the MCU's "it's all connected" tag. Otherwise, given the fact that Carson has a history with Hank and Janet (and even Bill Foster and Ava's father), it may be interesting to see him reunite with his old comrades, especially now that the original Wasp is back (albeit her current status after Avengers: Infinity War).
That said, considering that it seems like the next organic step for the franchise is to further dive into the Quantum Realm, as the alternate dimension is expected to be a bigger part of the MCU down the road, a ground-level villain like Carson may feel out of place. Perhaps, he can just be a secondary villain in Ant-Man 3 in order to give Reed and his team the opportunity to finally wrap up his story.
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