Ant-Man & The Wasp executive producer Stephen Broussard opens up about the mysterious Quantum Realm and what its full introduction means to the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward. Over the course of its first decade, the Marvel Studios superhero franchise has continued to expand by exploring previously untapped pockets of the universe. 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy opened up the cosmic side of the MCU that was first introduced in 2011's Thor, while 2016's Doctor Strange established the existence of the multiverse. Now, the Ant-Man sequel will do a deep dive into the Microverse.
Initially introduced in 2015's Ant-Man, the Quantum Realm is "a reality where all concepts of time and space become irrelevant as you shrink for all eternity," as explained by Hank Pym. Not much is known about this alternate dimension yet, but Team Ant-Man is expected to travel to the Microverse in the hope of rescuing Janet van Dyne - Hank's wife, Hope's mother and the original Wasp - who has been trapped there for three decades now.
Screen Rant visited the set of Ant-Man & The Wasp where Broussard talked about the responsibility of fully introducing the Quantum Realm to the MCU. While he was tight-lipped about the specific details about the Microverse, he posed some interesting ideas about how the alternate reality can affect someone's well-being, especially if one has spent too long trapped in it like Janet has.
Previews for the upcoming sequel tease of a new exploratory vessel that would allow Scott and Hope to visit The Quantum Realm without the need to go subatomic and risk being trapped in it just like what happened to Janet. But as Broussard hinted, while they might be able to retrieve the original Wasp, it's possible that her years in the alternate dimension would have significantly changed her. Things are more likely going to be clearer once the forthcoming Peyton Reed-directed sequel divulges more information on how the Microverse truly works.
Aside from Ant-Man & The Wasp, the Quantum Realm will also play a part in Brie Larson's Captain Marvel, although it's uncertain how it'll fit in Carol Danvers story just yet. Considering how the alternate dimension is poised to become a pivotal concept in the MCU moving forward, not to mention what has been established about it so far, a popular theory suggests that it could pave the way for time travel in the MCU without the need for the Time Stone. This means, that it could very well be the key to how the Avengers could ultimately defeat Mad Titan Thanos in Avengers 4.
- 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