[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409)" was incredibly popular in the theaters; with plenty of superheroes fighting alongside Captain America or Iron Man, Civil War is setting up the stage to make big changes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). With the direction that the MCU is going, it leaves fans wondering “what's going to happen next?” We know that Thanos is (eventually) going to get out of his space throne, and we can only assume once he does he will challenge the Avengers in an attempt to “court Death,” as the Other warns him about. However, with the imminent Infinity War brewing, we still have a lot to figure out in the MCU. For example, before Infinity War begins, we need to be introduced to a few other characters, one of which is Hope Van Dyke as The Wasp.
Ant-Man was an important character in “Captain America Civil War,” and presumably the last cameo we will see of him until his next movie comes out. We really don’t know much of anything about what that movie will contain, which just gives us more to speculate when regarding Ant Man’s future, so today I am going to explore what could be next for our favorite tiny hero, Ant-Man -- but be warned as this may contain spoilers for "Captain America: Civil War"…And "Ant-Man."
With an Ant-Man sequel set for theatrical release summer of 2018, there is still a lot we can speculate about Ant-Man and the Wasp. At this point it's safe to say that all of this is speculative, and likely won't be featured in Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018, but including some of these concepts might make a really fun movie.
1. Ant Creativity
The movie is called Ant-Man… ANT-Man… I mean, I was probably going to talk about ants eventually…
In all seriousness, bug scientist Dr. Fisher says “there are estimated over 30,000 species of ants” contained in the world, and that number only gets more impressive when you consider how many colonies are contained included in that number, and how many ants could be within each of those individual colonies; in order to save ourselves from doing a really long and complicated math problem allow me to cut myself short by saying there are a lot of ants.
I mean, with the understatement of the century, I didn't think you would be, so just to drive this point home, Fisher theorizes that if “every ant was placed [on one side of the scale], and humans on the other side, … they’d weigh about the same.”
YEAH! There are a lot of ants in the world. And these ants, as Dr. Hank Pym says in "Ant-Man", are Ant-Man's “greatest allies.”
With that many “allies,” and with each ant species being so different, Scott Lang could use these ants to accomplish virtually any mission! In order to complete the plan Hank Pym established in “Ant-Man,” Ant-Man’s heist, Scott Lang as the Ant-Man used ants to create a raft to sneak into a secure building from the sewers. A living ant raft may sound a little farfetched, but it isn’t! Ants making rafts happens in real life! By using their bodies, they can create rafts to ensure the safety of their colony, but ants are known to do other fascinating things!
Of course, the movie is more about Ant-Man than it is about ants, and I really don’t think Pym would have too many species of ants transported overseas -- I mean, why mess with a good thing? Ant-Man already has great ant allies!
That being said, imagine if Ant-Man needs to complete an espionage-esque mission that requires him hiding away? Well, ants could be an answer for this; the Australian Green Ant is known to use a silk produced by the larvae of the colony as an adhesive to glue leaves together, creating a leafy-castle-like kingdom for their queen to live in. So, under the direction of Lang, he could use this to create a natural looking hideaway that would go undetected. Or, if you're feeling really creative, the adhesive could be used to glue leafy wings onto his back that could be used as a glider (no ant really compares with Ant-thony). Really, the possibilities are endless, I would just love to see more fun and interesting ways controlled Ants could solve problems in the MCU.
2. Super Cameos
Now, the title of the movie that we have (for now) is "Ant-Man and the Wasp", which means in this movie we’re likely to see Ant-Man and the Wasp fighting crime, and completing heists, but wouldn't it be cool if we had another Superhero cameo?
“Ant-Man” was written in part by Edgar Wright, who claimed that “Ant-Man” was supposed to be standalone, and not really connect with the MCU until later (later being “Captain America: Civil War”), so including the Falcon was probably a move tacked on by Peyton Reed. Regardless, now that Ant-Man has been properly introduced to the rest of the Avengers, it’s likely that (like nearly every other sequel stand-alone Marvel movie in this shared cinematic universe) will feature some other characters in the MCU, which excites fans to no end!
As mentioned above, in “Ant-Man,” Ant-Man fights against Falcon, and through Scott Lang’s creativity, he “fights an Avenger, and [doesn’t] die,” which Lang is pretty proud of. Lang is a pretty charismatic character, and has a history of making cellmates pretty good friends (as is exemplified by Luis), so with Falcon’s and Ant-Man’s history, and after spending time together in prison during “Captain America: Civil War,” Falcon could be an easy and likely candidate for a cameo in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” However, perhaps because of the embarrassment of losing a fist fight with a no-name, Falcon might not want to cross paths with Ant-Man again.
In early 2016 for a Coca-Cola commercial, Marvel released a short skit where Ant-Man steals the last refrigerated Coke from Bruce Banner, like a really small, horrible college roommate. Though it isn’t canonized in the MCU, fans everywhere loved the interactions between Ant-Man and the Hulk! Though the Hulk is still MIA after the “Age of Ultron,” and already confirmed to be part of “Thor: Ragnarok,” it isn’t likely that we’ll see an upset Banner in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
With “Captain America: Civil War,” we see Ant-Man interact with plenty of heroes, and we learn that Pym has affected the way Lang views Iron Man. This being said, including Iron Man in the roster would be a very interesting cameo. I don’t know if they’d be allies, but Iron Man might have some technology vital to team Ant-Man, and they might have to “break into some place and steal some [stuff]” once again. However, including Iron Man might be such a stretch to the story line that could expel him from being a likely candidate for a cameo.
Depending on the villain, Ant-Man might be able to use a teammate, which really brings us to my next point.
3. Who’s the Villain?
Given “Ant-Man’s” success, Darren Cross would be an interesting cameo choice for the movie. However, he appears to have been sucked away, subatomic, so Cross is not likely to be making an appearance in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” However, a cool way to respect Cross would be to have Crossfire be the villain. Typically considered a Hawkeye villain, Crossfire (in the comics) is the cousin of Darren Cross. Not only would this be a great nod towards the original "Ant-Man", but it would be really fun to see Hawkeye and Ant-Man fight alongside each other again, similarly to how they fought in “Captain America: Civil War.” While this would be an incredible matchup, I sadly just don’t think is going to happen. It’s not that I don’t think Crossfire isn’t the main villain, it’s just that I suspect someone else as the most likely candidate.
Marvel has a tendency to have the heroes fight villains with similar powers to their appropriate villain (which is why Crossfire is typically a Hawkeye villain; both are expert marksmen). Throughout the MCU history, we see this trend. Marvel took off in 2008 with “Iron Man,” where we see Tony Stark build a suit and assume the responsibility of a superhero, stopping the Iron Monger (a giant Iron Man suit built by Obadiah Stane) from taking over his weapon’s company to distribute weapons to terrorists. In Marvel’s 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” both Steven Rogers and Johann Schmidt are injected with a “Super-Soldier Serum.” Both Loki and Thor are Nordic gods in “Thor,” and both Cross and Lang had their own shrinking tech in "Ant-Man" -- really, I could go on. Needless to say, with the track record, and some minor details from scenes from "Ant-Man," I think it would be likely that we find Ant-Man taking on a villain with shrinking tech: Mitchell Carson.
At the climax of “Ant-Man,” Pym was injured while bullet ant’s attacked everybody other than our heroes; during all this confusion, Carson steals a large functioning vial of Cross’s shrinking serum. Carson and Pym have a rocky past, as Carson insults Pym for caring more about his science than his family, and for always lusting after Pym’s tech. Pym is leery of Carson because Carson has “always been after [Pym’s] tech.” Now that he has something comparable, what is Carson -- one who is “currently in the business of toppling governments” -- planning on doing with it?
However, similarly to Hank Pym, Carson is old, and may not himself be capable of getting into a suit, and instilling chaos. It's more than likely Carson creates an Ant-Man suit, and that tech gets stolen by someone else, who ends up being the main villain in our Ant-Man sequel.
4. Ant-Man and the Wasp
At the end of Ant-Man we see Lang trapped in the “Quantum Realm,” or the Microverse. Shrinking for eternity because he shrunk beyond what the regulator could maintain, Lang was stuck between a rock and a hard place -- or rather Ant-Man is stuck between a quark and a hadron!!
Well. Science jokes aren’t always well received. It’s okay. I understand.
For those that don’t understand my science humor, atoms (the basic unit of a chemical element) are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons. The units that make up protons, neutrons and electrons are called quarks and hadrons, quarks being a fundamental piece of matter, and hadrons being groups of two or three quarks, which may be what we’re seeing when Ant-Man shrinks down subatomic, if we're not seeing units smaller than what we've already determined.
Ant-Man would’ve been stuck in the “Quantum Realm” if it weren’t for a disk that contains the Pym Particle enabling growth, fixing his regulator and escaping the “Quantum Realm.” However, Lang wasn’t the only person in the micro-verse. Other than Cross, the only other person we know if in the quantum realm is Janet Van Dyke, Hank Pym’s wife.
Janet - the original Wasp - has been presumed dead for years; but if Lang could survive in the “Micro-verse,” it's very likely Janet is still alive, and will make a return in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Janet’s story in the MCU perfectly mirrors her story in the comics; shrinking beyond what her regulator was capable of sustaining, Janet fits between the molecules of a rocket and deactivates the threat, but locking herself in the “Quantum Realm” in the process. The only difference is that we see further in the comics than we do in the MCU, and in the comics Janet not only is freed from the Micro-verse, but she rejoins the Avengers. I think in Ant-Man and the Wasp Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, will be brought out of retirement, saving his beloved wife, and for a brief moment we as a fan base will see the original Ant-Man and Wasp, as portrayed by Hank and Janet respectively, team up with the new Ant-Man and the Wasp, being Scott and Hope.
“Ant-Man” wasn’t just a superhero movie, it was a family movie. Family was the great motivator in the 2015 Ant-Man, and I think that 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp will have a similar feel to its predecessor, almost giving a family feel comparable to Disney Pixar’s 2004 “The Incredibles;” “Ant-Man and the Wasp” very well could depict Marvel's equivalent to a family of superheroes.
There is so much to explore in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp movie! New species of Ants, unique superhero cameos, shrinking villains -- these are only the things we can speculate about at this point, but with such little info about what is going to happen, the list and topics I’ve discussed and explored today have really been mere speculation.
Regardless of whether or not I’m right, I’m just excited to see what could happen next, and can’t wait to see more of Ant-Man, and his crew.
But what do you think will happen? Do you think I’m right? Wrong? Please let me know in the comment section below!