One of the most important aspects of Ant-Man and the Wasp is that it’ll introduce Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp, into the MCU for the first time. As was recently confirmed, Janet appeared via an easter egg in 2015’s Ant-Man but she was absent for the rest of the film due to being stuck in the Quantum Realm for the past 30 years, after risking her life to disable a nuclear bomb.
In the sequel, Michelle Pfeiffer will take on the role of Hank Pym’s wife and Hope’s mother. There’s no doubt that she’s a great choice for the part, but it’s interesting that Janet has clearly aged at the same rate as those in the outside world, when the Quantum Realm has been described as a place where “time and space become irrelevant.” Of course, this has led many to wonder how does Janet’s age work with the rules of the realm?
Well, ComicBook.com put this tricky question to Ant-Man and the Wasp producer Stephen Broussard and received an intriguing rely. Broussard obviously wouldn’t be drawn on concrete details as yet, but he did promise that “all those questions” will be answered in the movie, as characters such as Scott Lang’s superhero will be asking the same things as the audience.
“We will definitely get into all those questions. That’s part of the questions that our heroes is like, you know, it’s such a — the mission sort of speak is kind of this wing and a prayer, this mission of faith, you know, that they’re hoping she’s down there kind of thing as they go on it and they have those same questions. You know, what has life been like for her?”
The exact nature of the Quantum Realm has yet to be properly established in the MCU, so Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s filmmakers do have room to do what they like with it. As it’s a handy plot device that can be used in different ways, it’s theorized that the dimension will also have an important role to play in Avengers 4, with many thinking it’ll be the method via which the heroes travel back in time.
Either way, you can expect to learn a lot more about it later this week, when Peyton Reed’s sequel hits theaters.