WARNING: Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War ahead
Look, if you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War at this point and you’re reading this, something might be up. Also, it shouldn’t really matter how close Ant-Man And The Wasp takes place in realtion to Infinity Warbecause Scott Lang won’t have a role in the major story until Avengers 4. The main reason people want to know is so they can find out what happens to these characters following the events of Infinity War.
The results of Thanos’ quest for the Infinity GEMS — I’m tired of calling them stones — left the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in disarray and the assumption is that some of the folks off-screen didn’t escape the finale. In fact, the Russo Brothers confirmed a few of them that don’t have their own movies releasing this summer.
According to ScreenRant, the latest TV spot for Ant-Man And The Wasp gives us a hint about where the film takes place in the MCU timeline:
“Two years under house arrest,” an FBI agent says to Scott. “You haven’t had any contact with Hank or Hope, have you?”
Two years would place the film in 2018 — shock of shocks — which is the same year as Avengers: Infinity War. That means, similar to Agents Of SHIELD, Ant-Man might have some sort of connection or mention of the events on Earth. Just don’t expect any of it to affect the story.
Director Peyton Reed told Collider in a recent interview, that Ant-Man And The Wasp is a “free-standing” tale and deals more with Civil War than anything that happens in Infinity War:
“[We] definitely had to deal with the ramifications post Civil War. That was crucial to Scott. And crucial to Hope. I mean it really is like fundamental in the jumping off point about what’s going on between the two of them at the start of this movie. Outside of that, what I’m really happy about is, we’re free to tell sort of our free-standing story. Once we establish that as the leaping off point, this thing is going on over here with huge personal stakes and huge other stakes that are really separate of what’s going on with Infinity War. So that again is something that was really, really, appealing to me. We have enough stuff to track in this movie without having to sort of keep up with the rest of what’s going on with that.”
If we’re going to actually see any Infinity War connections or teases for Avengers 4, it might come in the post-credits scenes. And that’s definitely speculation. We might just end up with a dance-off between Paul Rudd and Walton Goggins or Laurence Fishburne doing a Cowboy Curtis impression. It’s supposed to be a fun movie.