*Warning: spoilers ahead! If you haven't seen Ant-Man and the Wasp already, you probably should before proceeding.*
This year the Marvel Cinematic Universe has barely given us room to breathe, absolutely bombarding Marvel fans with incredible films and shocking turns that we have been left scrabbling for more.
After the outstanding start to 2018 with Ryan Coogler's ground-breaking Black Panther, fans were looking forward to some much-needed comic relief following the roller-coaster ride that was Avengers: Infinity War. Paul Rudd's Ant-Man has been easygoing, relaxing, a breath of fresh air in the face of Thanos' dreaded snap - or so we thought.
For 120 minutes I enjoyed the humour, twists and turns and witty repartee that the film had to throw at me, and as an avid Marvel fan I knew the drill: wait for the credits roll, stay comfortable in my seat whilst battling with the anxiety of telling the people leaving that there is still more to come, do a quick google search for how many scenes I should be expecting and bemoan my lack of popcorn whilst I wait for the post-credit scenes to play.
What I was not expecting was the most shocking turn of events Ant-Man and the Wasp could throw at me. Sure that I wasn't alone in my surprise, I reach out to some of the top cinema bloggers in the UK who had seen the film to get their reactions, and this is what they had to say:
Winner of a UK Blog Award and one of Vuelio's Top 10 UK Film Blogs
“With the first post credit scene seeing Ant-Man lost in the Quantum Realm and Hank, Hope and Janet hit by the dusting we saw in Avengers: Infinity War, it makes you wonder how Scott is going to get back?"
"But could this now mean that it is down to Captain Marvel to save the day, in some way of bringing back Hank, Hope and Janet along with the others that were wiped out of existence from Earth, or are they themselves in another realm just waiting to be saved and returned? It’s certainly going to be interesting to see the outcome of Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 and Captain Marvel, but what about Spider-man his next outing in next year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, how will it fit in to the timeline?”
Award-nominated film aficionados and one of Vuelio's top 10
“The post-credits scene in Ant-Man and the Wasp is probably my favourite Marvel bonus scene yet. I literally gasped out loud when I saw it! Not only is it a great tie-in to Avengers Infinity War, but it’s a terrific scene in and of itself. It perfectly sets up a new adventure for Ant-Man and I can’t wait to see how it gets resolved, either in the next Avengers film or the next Ant-Man film. Marvel did this one right!”
Dedicated to London's entertainment scene
“Having kept things breezy and fun for the entire film, the makers of Ant-Man & The Wasp delivered a proper sting in the tail for the mid-credit and post credit scenes. And while it neatly served to bring the Ant-Man characters into the Avengers: Infinity War timeline, the implications are huge."
"With Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), his newly rescued wife Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) out of the picture (courtesy of that Thanos finger click), the brightest minds in the MCU are no longer able to help with any plan to rescue and revive the Avengers as a whole. What's more, Ant-Man himself is trapped in the quantum realm, which further deprives the surviving Avengers of his particular set of skills (whether going big or ultra small)."
"The question, therefore, is what role could the Quantum Realm have in future proceedings? Will Ant-Man somehow meet other characters in there (Captain Marvel, perhaps?). Could Ava Starr/Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) have a role to play, given that Ant-Man had returned to the realm to harvest the quantum healing particles needed to help her? And will we see more of Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), another top scientific mind with some knowledge of quantum physics."
"Or does the future of the Avengers now solely lie with Captain Marvel in the wake of Nick Fury's last act distress call? No matter what happens next, Ant-Man & The Wasp has made the Avengers plight even more desperate, while making the second half of Infinity War that much more of a must-see experience.”
One of Vuelio's Top 10 UK Film Blogs
“I personally think that the post-credit scene is one of the most important that we have seen from Marvel. It lets everyone know why Ant-Man was missing from Infinity War and it seems as though he could now play a truly major and epic role in part two!”
Richard Attenborough UK Film Blog of the Year nominee
“The MCU has left is all aghast with its last two endeavours, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man & The Wasp, both of which have had many guessing just what will become of some of our favourite heroes. Sure, some of them (Black Panther, Spider-Man, Hope van Dyne aka The Wasp) are set to return despite perishing in Thanos' snap but how does their returns, and the return of others, mean of the future of the MCU."
"Avengers 4, and by extension Captain Marvel, will tell us more but the likelihood is that time travel/time displacement/Quantum Realm shenanigans will play a big part. We've seen set photos alluding to the remaining Avengers returning to the battle of New York from Avengers Assemble, no doubt with the tessaract (aka The Stone) tesseract in their sights as they aim to acquire the Infinity Stones from the past before Thanos ever had a chance. Could they be forming their own Infinity Gauntlet to weird the stones to defeat Thanos?"
"This could all be part of the one scenario that Doctor Strange refers to in Infinity War that sees the Avengers triumph over the big Purple Baddie? Perhaps the most difficult film to market ever, Marvel will be keeping their cards close to their chest before they reveal all next April. After all, we're in the end game now.”
Vuelio's #1 UK Film Blog of 2016, 2017 and 2018
“The mid-credits scene for Ant-Man & Wasp finally answers the question of where was Ant Man during the events of Infinity War. As Scott is now stuck in the quantum realm, it raises the question of how he will be rescued (there’s a hint about time travel and a link to Captain Marvel) and if so what kind of shape will he be in. Ant-Man and the Wasp was all about families reuniting, if Scott is saved and finds out that Hope, Hank, Janet and potentially his daughter are now dust, it may take his character down a much darker path then what we were expecting.”
Yet again Marvel has left us all clamouring for answers, with Scott stuck and the future of the Universe turned to dust - quite literally. How long is it again until Captain Marvel is out? March next year? Are you sure you don't mean now? I guess in the mean-time all we can do is watch Ant-Man and the Wasp again, hoping that it illuminates any more theories of what's to come.