It's no coincidence Marvel is releasing Ant-Man & the Wasp and Captain Marvel before the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4. When the studio originally announced their Phase 3 slate, it was assumed that the films released between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 would take place between the epic two-parter. As time has passed, however it's become clear that they won't; instead, they both seem to be set before the events of Infinity War.
On the face of it, that may seem like an odd decision on Marvel's part, but it actually fits with their usual modus operandi. The reveals of both Captain Marvel and the Wasp have been saved for their solo films, with these two major heroes then expected to join the Avengers in the battle against Thanos. But rather than a simple change of pace from the deep and dour MCU culmination, these two movies have long been cited as essential to their story.
The post-credits scene for Avengers: Infinity War was all about setting up Captain Marvel's present-day debut, hinting at the resolution of next year's origin story. Meanwhile, the Russo brothers have already suggested that Ant-Man & the Wasp is the film most strongly connected to Infinity War. Clearly, it's all connected. But how?
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What Ant-Man 2 and Captain Marvel Both Have in Common
Both Ant-Man & the Wasp and Captain Marvel are essentially origin stories, but have clear wider connections. Captain Marvel will introduce its titular hero, who promises to play an important role in Avengers 4; the tease in the end-credits scene suggests Carol Danvers will be a key player. Ant-Man & the Wasp, meanwhile, will introduce not one but two iterations of the Wasp also set to appear: Janet Van Dyne's arc in the sequel is one of the film's most closely-guarded secrets but Marvel Studios executive producer Victoria Alonso did tease that Pfeiffer was actually on the set of Avengers 4; Evangeline Lilly, for her part, has cautioned that her own version of the Wasp only plays a minor role in the film.
The pair are also both prequels - almost by necessity thanks to Avengers: Infinity War's ending - although they're set in very different time periods. Captain Marvel is set in the '90s, a move that suggests Carol Danvers has been an active superhero for decades and leaving a big question of where Captain Marvel's been for the last 30 years or so. Meanwhile, the precise timeline placement of Ant-Man & the Wasp is uncertain. It's definitely set after Captain America: Civil War, but other than that is an unknown. When Marvel released the latest trailer, they teased that it would reveal where Ant-Man and the Wasp had been "during Infinity War."
These traits show that Ant-Man 2 and Captain Marvel are clearly being made with Avengers 4 in mind. However, there is one other common thread between Ant-Man & the Wasp and Captain Marvel, though. Both films involve the Quantum Realm.
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- 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