Marvel’s untitled sequel has been locked away in the MCU vaults for what feels like an entirety – no title, no story details… nada – but thanks to the back-to-back release of Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp, we can least infer that the Quantum Realm will be the connective tissue that helps unite all of Marvel’s Phase 3 movies. And one need only look to the post-credits scene involving a stranded Scott Lang for evidence of that.
In fact, it’s this tidbit that helps form the basis of a brand new MCU theory, one which is already gaining traction over on Reddit. Essentially, this particular Marvel fan argues that the 1-in-14 million scenario that Doctor Strange envisioned actually took Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s finale into account, as it’s Scott Lang who will help unlock Marvel’s Microverse. At least, that’s the latest speculative morsel doing the rounds online.
Dr. Strange saw the outcomes of whatever number of alternative futures and has obviously set them on the course of the one that wins. Dr. Strange could have given up the time stone at any point in that battle but chose that specific moment. Maybe Dr. Strange picked the moment when it would transpire that Ant-Man would be in the Microverse, thereby avoiding the snap – as seen in the after credit scene. It is speculated that the microverse is the window into alternative universes and different times.
The theory continues:
It may be possible that in order to reverse the snap (or even prevent it from happening) Ant-Man will go into alternative universes and recruit the non-snapped Heroes at times when they possessed the stones to reform a whole team (Marvel has confirmed Avengers 4 will have an even bigger cast, thereby insinuating that deceased characters and more will star) in order to cause the unsnappening.
If the Multiverse is indeed woven into the fabric of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would help carve out an opening for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to make their MCU debuts. Of course, there are still many questions to be answered before that crossover materializes, as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige hasn’t given much thought to an X-Men/Avengers crossover… yet.
Avengers 4 opens big on May 3rd.