Ant-Man and the Wasp to Open MCU Into Multi-Verse and Quantum Realm

With the Avengers: Infinity War trailer absorbing all the attention in the Marvel realm at the moment, many of the cast and crew have sat down with an expose for Vanity Fair to talk about the direction of the franchise. From Robert Downey Jr. to Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Kevin Feige and the Russo brothers, there is a clear heightened sense of anticipation building to a climax come 2018.

Yet one feature that will fall between that epic and 2019's Avengers 4 will be Ant-Man and the Wasp. Returning for the part of Hope Van Dyne as the Paul Rudd sequel drops on July 6, 2018, actress Evangeline Lilly indicated that this picture will provide a gateway to the multi-verse through the Quantum Realm.

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Given the sensitive nature of spoilers, Lilly was not at liberty to divulge too much information about her part or otherwise in the ensemble. However, she does believe the 2018 films will be fundamental in the direction the series takes.

"When I heard about Infinity War and the direction that they're heading, I did have this moment of realizing, oh, wow, there's a bit of a déjà vu for me with the Lost franchise," she remarked. "We are hitting that (Lost) Season 4 space where everything's about to shift, and you're about to lose the solid ground underneath you. And Ant-Man and the Wasp, of course, will play a part in that."

As like any of her co-stars, Lilly is not privy to the storyboarding of the franchise. What she can glean from the Ant-Man and the Wasp sequel is that the screenwriters have opened a pathway to the Quantum Realm, a domain where the stories have endless possibilities.

"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 multi-verse 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."

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Stopped by on the set of Avengers 4 with the rest of the group, Mark Ruffalo was still basking in the glow of his role in this year's critical and commercial smash hit Thor: Ragnarok. Throwing in more comedy into the mix, the actor believes the MCU now has the capacity to change from high octane action to drama and comedy depending on the context - something it was not able to do early on.

"Guardians of the Galaxy opened up a whole new door in the Marvel universe. We don’t have to force a tone from movie to movie. We don’t have to force a look from movie to movie. All we have to do is carry those characters with some semblance of the last story, with that in mind, and we could actually even bury ledes, as well. But I contend that it’s exactly how they’ve been making this whole thing from the very beginning, and they’re just becoming more and more confident with that model."

Following a dramatic Avengers: Infinity War trailer, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was not hiding the fact that casualties will be a natural occurrence for a blockbuster that acts as a circuit breaker for future installments.

"I think part of that is also the natural evolution of the series. You can’t keep making movies that are too similar. You can’t make the same movie over and over again. If Marvel is going to survive, they have to start making movies with characters who are a little different. They have to start allowing characters to die. They have to start having stakes really mean something if they want people to stay interested."

Source: Vanity Fair