According to Michael Douglas, the Quantum Realm is not only the key Avengers 4's story but the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well. Douglas is one of the latest world-renowned actors to join the superhero movie realm, having appeared in Peyton Reed's Ant-Man in 2015 as Hank Pym, the founder of Pym Particles and the person to originally construct and wear the Ant-Man suit in the MCU. And then, after a few years, Douglas reprised his role in this year's Ant-Man and the Wasp.
But instead of being relegated to the background for most of the movie, Douglas' Pym got in on the action in Ant-Man and the Wasp, even going as far as to enter the Quantum Realm to find his wife, Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), aka the original Wasp. Pym and his daughter, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), spent years studying the Quantum Realm in the hopes of finding Janet, and then they went even further with their research after she was rescued. While their research was cut short thanks to Thanos' snap, it looks like the Quantum Realm will continue to play a part in the future of Marvel's shared universe.
Speaking on the radio show, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, Michael Douglas confirmed that the Quantum Realm is not only crucial to the story in Anthony and Joe Russo's Avengers 4 but also the future of the MCU as a whole, thus affirming what many fans have already believed about Marvel's movie plans. In response to a question about if Ant-Man and the Wasp directly connects to Avengers 4, Douglas said, "Right. That is absolutely true. I mean, all of them - the Quantum Realm, that's the key. The Quantum Realm plays an important part in all the next chapters, I think, of the Marvel films."
Interestingly, the information about the Quantum Realm being the key to presumably the Earth's Mightiest Heroes defeating Thanos in Avengers 4, this particular confirmation isn't that surprising, given that it has been long believed that the Quantum Realm would be playing a part in next year's blockbuster movie thanks to Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) being trapped in there during the mid-credits scene for Ant-Man and the Wasp. Plus, thanks to several Avengers 4 set photos, it's also believed that time travel will play an integral role in the film, which makes sense considering that Scott was warned about getting sucked into a time vortex in the Quantum Realm.
Furthermore, Reed told Screen Rant ahead of Ant-Man 2's release on home video that he thinks there is much more to explore with the Quantum Realm since it plays an integral part of the comics. While he didn't reveal any specific information regarding its inclusion in future movies, Douglas appears to suggest that it will play an important role in the MCU going forward, which falls in-line with the shared universe's current trajectory post-Avengers 4.
Source: On Air With Ryan Seacrest
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