Warning: This post contains SPOILERS for Ant-Man and The Wasp.
The mid-credits scene for Ant-Man and The Wasp should have been the film's actual ending. Over the last ten years, Marvel Studios has trained most audience members to wait through the credits of their films to catch clues on what is coming next. Some of these are just fun gags, but in the case of Ant-Man and The Wasp, it serves as a major development for the events of the film and the main characters.
In Ant-Man and The Wasp's mid-credits scene, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) dives into the Quantum Realm once again through the help of a miniaturized Quantum Tunnel to collect quantum healing particles for Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). He isn't alone in this venture, as Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) is talking him through the experience. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) are also present to help monitor the journey. Well, at least they were when the experiment began...
The shocking mid-credits scene reveals Thanos' snap from the end of Avengers: Infinity War claimed Hope, Hank, and Janet as its latest victims. For anyone who possibly leaves the theater when the credits begin rolling, these revelations will not be seen, possibly leading to confusion in Avengers 4. That is why this should've been the film's actual ending.
- This Page: Ant-Man and the Wasp Breaks Marvel's Post-Credits Tradition
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Marvel Post-Credits Scenes Have Always Been Teases... Until Ant-Man 2
Right from the start, Marvel Studios' after-credits scenes have included a number of important character moments that were important to the wider MCU narrative. It all began with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) discussing the Avengers Initiative at the end of Iron Man. Phase 1 included moments like Tony Stark trying to gain access to Bruce Banner, set up for Thor, teases of Loki and the Tesseract, plus a scene and trailer for The Avengers. Crucially, though, while all of these are important beats, none were vital pieces to the stories still to come. Basically, they're nothing that won't easily be explained or introduced in future films.
Phase 2 had Banner falling asleep during Tony's Iron Man 3 story, the introduction of The Collector, the tease of the Maximoff's for Avengers: Age of Ultron, a Howard the Duck appearance, the tease of Hope becoming Wasp, and some fun gags. None of these moments, though, are anything beyond jokes or teases. Even Phase 3 to this point has mainly just been teasing what comes next for the respective heroes (ie: Doctor Strange in Thor: Ragnarok).
As great as many of these post-credits scenes are, they stop short of showing major developments for the key characters. That isn't what Ant-Man and The Wasp did: Marvel didn't just make significant changes to the arcs of the lead heroes, but also teased the events of Avengers 4 in the process - making this an essential part of the story and one some could miss thanks to its placement.
- 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