WARNING: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Ant-Man & The Wasp
Ant-Man & The Wasp's mid-credits cliffhanger could well be resolved in Captain Marvel. It's been previously established that both movies will deal with the Quantum Realm, and though we know what role the alternate dimension plays in Scott Lang, we don't yet know how Carol Danvers is connected to it. Considering Scott's precarious position by the end of Ant-Man & The Wasp, it's possible that Captain Marvel may just be the one to save him from being trapped in the Quantum Realm.
Captain Marvel's debut standalone which would establish her existence in the story long before Tony Stark outed himself as Iron Man. Not much is known about the movie's plot yet - especially since it's not fully adapting Carol Danvers' superhero origins from the comic books - but the focal point of discussion right now is where exactly Captain Marvel has been, since there has been no mention of her existence whatsoever in the last 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Captain Marvel & The Quantum Realm
The current popular assumption is that Carol Danvers is out in space. After all, Captain Marvel is going to incorporate the Kree-Skrull war in its story, not to mention Kevin Feige's 2014 comments about Carol's adventures being mostly set in the cosmos. But is it possible that she may be somewhere else entirely... like maybe in a different dimension? Perhaps even the Quantum Realm?
As Hank simply put it in the first Ant-Man, it's "a reality where all concepts of time and space become irrelevant." While Ant-Man & The Wasp offered some new tidbits about the Quantum Realm, much of it still remains a mystery. Shall Carol really be in the Quantum Realm, does she also age the same way Janet did in the last 30 years? How did she get in there, and how will she get out of there? No one knows yet, but the comics may offer some clues as to what Marvel Studios is planning to do.
In the comics, Captain Marvel is no stranger to the Quantum Realm. The original iteration of the hero, Captain Mar-Vell (who was later revealed to be a Skrull imposter in this particular storyline), claimed to have encountered a fold in time and space that allowed him to be transported to the modern-day world. Since Marvel Studios is known for picking out pieces of story from the comics to use in movies, they could easily adapt a similar subplot for Carol on the big screen. Admittedly, while this plot is a too complex to adapt to the hero's origins story in the MCU, it provides precedence regarding the character, the Quantum Realm and the possibilities of time travel through it.
Wherever Carol is at of the moment, one thing is for sure: she's not trapped. She can leave the place where she is right now, should any circumstance calls for her return. Avengers: Infinity War's post-credit scenes featured Nick Fury sending a distress signal to Carol just before he was also disintegrated by Thanos' finger snap. This suggests that Captain Marvel left on her accord, as she was able to arrange a way for Fury to contact her, should she ever be needed to come back to Earth.
- 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