DC may have been the first one to establish a multiverse in the comics, but Marvel is looking to beat them to the punch on the big screen — at least if Evangeline Lilly's cryptic teases are anything to go by. The Ant-Man and the Wasp star recently opened up to Vanity Fair about what fans can expect from the #Antman sequel, and according to the actress there's definitely a possibility of the characters opening the door to the MCU's version of the multiverse.
For fans who don't read many comics, or don't watch The Flash (shame on you!), the multiverse isn't something you may have heard off. Simply stated, it's the theory that ours is not the only universe in existence. In the comic realm, the term multiverse refers to a collection of alternate universes, with a similar nature and a universal hierarchy. So while Captain America may be a good ol' American soldier turned superhero on our Earth, on another Earth (in another universe) he may be a soulless killing machine. And if Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne have their way, they may be opening the MCU up to a whole multiverse of possibilities.
A Multiverse of Possibilities
Lilly talked about this to Vanity Fair, stating:
"Those characters are experts in the quantum realm. In 'Ant-Man and the Wasp', they are trying everything in their power to safely enter the quantum realm and return back from it because they have evidence from the first film that Scott Lang was able to do that. If he can do it, why can’t we? If we do succeed in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp', then that does open a whole entire new multiverse to enter into and play around in. I’m not the story creator, so I can’t tell you what they’re going to do with that. But I definitely see the potential there."
While Lilly didn't clearly state whether or not we would see the characters in the multiverse, her words do indicate that it is a very real possibility, one that fans should most likely be prepared for sooner rather than later. Although DC is far more prone to play with different versions of reality via their multiverse, the Marvel Comics have also featured many stories that incorporate alternate realities, with the characters crossing over and fates intersecting in bizarre and fantastic ways.
With Phase 3 officially ending, it's easy to see why introducing the multiverse to the MCU is an exciting concept, as the filmmakers could show us different versions of the characters we've grown to love over the years. This would be a remarkable way of keeping the fans invested in the #MCU, reviving a franchise that has been increasingly criticized for its formulaic storytelling. More than that though, visiting alternate realities would be a great way to reunite with the heroes that will surely die in Avengers: Infinity War.
Of course, when the multiverse will come into play is something fans will have to look out for. But with Ant-Man and the Wasp releasing just after #InfinityWar, it's very likely that this film will set the stage for Avengers 4 in an extremely exciting way.
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(Sources: Vanity Fair)