In the tradition of breaking boundaries, Ant-Man and The Wasp will be the first Marvel Studios feature with two titular heroes, but that’s the least exciting thing about it in comparison to everything else it has going on. Scott Lang was last seen being broken out of The Raft prison with his other Team Captain America allies by Steve Rogers. Ant-Man and the Wasp will follow Scott as a fugitive and although he is keeping up his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he is also trying to balance them with his family life.
The other plot thread we expect the sequel to explore is the mystery behind the original Wasp, a.k.a. Janet Van Dyne. As we learned in Ant-Man, she and Hank Pym used to operate as a spy duo for S.H.I.E.L.D. — but she disappeared forever when she exceeded safeguards and overrides her suit’s regulator, disappearing into the Quantum Realm.
The importance of the Quantum Realm cannot be understated.
1. The Movie Is A Sequel To Captain America: Civil War
Not only is this a sequel to Ant-Man, but similar to Blank Panther, this examines the fallout and ramifications of people after the events of Captain America: Civil War. This installment delves deeper into Scott Lang’s motives for helping the Avengers and how that decision affects his family and loved ones. Also, we’ll see how those in the ‘Ant-Man Universe’ like his former criminal buddies faired without Lang in the interim.
2. The Parent-Child Relationship Is A Central Theme
Cassie Lang will play an important role in the MCU not only in the Ant-Man franchise but also Avengers 4. Having an emotional tie to balance the humor and action always proves to be a healthy mix for all viewers. Marvel has proven that family and love have a place in big-budget superhero films. Not to mention, Cassie is beyond adorable.
3. San Francisco Centric
While many of the Marvel films (that don’t take place in space or Wakanda) have pivotal New York City themes, director Peyton Reed made immense effort to create a real sense of place by incorporating significant landmarks of San Francisco. Reed hopes that San Francisco is portrayed as more of a character by creating scenes specific to the city’s streets and culture.
4. Pay Attention To The Quantum Realm
Kevin Feige went on record to say that the Quantum Realm effects will “pay off” in future movies. The Quantum Realm will no doubt play a huge role in Avengers 4, with Scott Lang playing a major role, as a means to explore new realities and potentially undo some of the slaughter caused by Thanos. The ability to phase shift through dimensions will no doubt be valuable technology going forward. Even beyond the outcome of Avengers 4, the Quantum Realm holds boundless possibilities and themes for the MCU to explore.
5. Multiple Villains In Motion
Walter Goggins is locked in the play the role of Sonny Burch, a predecessor of Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, who potentially steps up to run the corporation. This could be another trick of the all-too-famous trailer fake out that Marvel is known to do to mislead viewers as not to reveal too much plot. Perhaps Ghost isn’t the villain by choice but more-so, circumstance. The “GhostTech” developed can be tied to Burch as an attempt to get payback at Hank Pym for the events that took place in the lab during Ant-Man. Dealing with multiple threats (including the law, given that Lang is still on house arrest) is going to be one hell of a balancing act… so it’s a good thing we have The Wasp to watch our back!