(WARNING: The following contains mild plot spoilers for Marvel's Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. If you haven't yet seen both films, then proceed with whatever level of caution the all-seeing eye of Agamotto suggests to you is wise.)
Now, while #AntMan and #DoctorStrange may not have been the most high-profile #MarvelStudios releases of the past few years — and were, in fact, heavily tipped by some to be the studios' first stumbles — they ultimately proved highly successful on their own, genre-bending terms. What's more, with both opting to play with a more multi-dimensional approach to the #MCU, it seems that the pair of risky solo introductions may just have served to launch a whole new side of the #MarvelCinematicUniverse.
Not least because:
'Doctor Strange' Was Indeed Hiding An 'Ant-Man' Easter Egg All Along
Specifically, the one that many fans identified within the first hour of seeing the movie: The apparent presence of Ant-Man's "Quantum Zone" within the "Magical Mystery Tour" that The Ancient One takes Doc Strange on early in the film's run-time. Hawk-eyed #Marvel aficionados were quick to note the striking visual similarities between the two — and they have now been proven absolutely correct by Doctor Strange's director's commentary. In it, director Scott Derrickson confirms that...
"This image here is obviously a nod to Ant-Man and the Quantum Realm, acknowledging that as one of the mysterious realms of existence."
...which very much confirms that a) the mysterious, Quantum Realm-looking dimension in Doctor Strange was indeed the Quantum Realm, and b) we should probably all have been paying more attention to Ant-Man. It also, of course, heavily hints at some sort of future connection between the two heroes, not least because the upcoming sequel Ant-Man and The Wasp seems likely to include some sort of rescue attempt for Hope Van Dyne's mother (and legendary comic book version of The Wasp) Janet Van Dyne.
If you were thinking about placing a friendly wager over Doc Strange's presence in the upcoming Ant-Man sequel, then, now may well be the time.
What do you think, though? Will we see Doc Strange, Ant-Man and The Wasp team up to visit the Quantum Realm? Let us know below!
(Sources: Cinema Blend)