Ant-Man Is Stranded In The Quantum Realm
Ant-Man and the Wasp's end-credits scene happened concurrently with the final minutes of Infinity War. As the Avengers were facing Thanos in Wakanda, Scott Lang was on a San Francisco rooftop preparing to use a miniaturized Quantum Tunnel to enter the Quantum Realm and extract the healing particles within. Just as he entered the other dimension, Thanos snapped his fingers half a world away, which caused Hank Pym, and Hope and Janet Van Dyne to fade to dust, leaving Ant-Man stranded. However, some fans theorized that being in the Quantum Realm protected Ant-Man from the effects of the finger snap.
It's clear that Scott had no idea what had just happened, but it's not entirely clear whether he or the Pym family were aware of the alien attacks on New York and Wakanda as they set upon their experiment. But for now, Ant-Man is lost in the Quantum Realm without the regulator that saved him the last time he was trapped in the microverse. How will he escape?
Giant Ant Playing The Drums
In Ant-Man and the Wasp's post-credits scene, the giant ant played Scott's drum set. During the main story of the film, Scott was still under house arrest for violating the Sokovia Accords, but the giant ant managed to successfully cover for him by wearing his monitoring bracelet while Scott was adventuring as Ant-Man. While the ant banged on the drums, it was oblivious to the television screen in the other room showing the channel was off the air. With half of all people on Earth dead, television is naturally disrupted and chaos reigns in these early moments after tragedy struck.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5's Future Timeline
The most substantial glimpse into a possible post-Avengers 4 future of the MCU was provided by Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5. Kidnapped and brought 90 years into the future, Phil Coulson and his team found themselves on a space station called the Lighthouse, which was overseen by the Kree. The Earth had been destroyed and what was left of the ragged human race was huddled on board the Lighthouse. The labyrinthine plot eventually revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. had to return to 2018 in order to stop this future catastrophe from happening.
The second half of the season took place in the days before Infinity War and then synched up with the film as the events of the climactic episodes happened concurrently with the Black Order's attack on New York City. Ultimately, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (like all of Marvel's TV series) completely ignored the events of Infinity War. S.H.I.E.L.D. also saved the world from the destruction the Agents lived through in the future, so the first half of season 5 was merely an alternate timeline that won't come to pass. In any event, MCU films wholesale ignore Marvel TV shows so nothing that happened on S.H.I.E.L.D. would have affected or altered the course of the movies post-Avengers 4 anyway.
The details of Avengers 4 are being kept tightly under wraps by Marvel Studios but leaked set photos have indicated time travel is expected to play a key role in the film, with team-ups like Ant-Man somehow meeting the Avengers in the Battle of New York that happened in 2012. Reshoots are currently underway and involve heroes that weren't in Infinity War, like Hawkeye and possibly Valkyrie. There could be some deaths of major heroes; one of them could be Captain America as Avengers 4 is expected to be Chris Evans' final MCU film (at least for now). Of course, Captain Marvel will finally meet the superheroes she preceded when she joins the fight to stop Thanos.
Finally, Spider-Man: Far From Home, premiering just two months after Avengers 4, will be the first film to blaze the new path forward for the MCU. Once Peter Parker is resurrected, the next Spider-Man movie will reportedly begin minutes after Avengers 4 ends and will send Peter and his friends on a European vacation. Whatever the aftermath of Avengers 4 will look like for the MCU, fans will get to see it through Spider-Man's eyes as he continues his world travels.
- 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 05, 2019