Back after a SUPER hiatus!!!
Yeah, I know, I get into phases where I post a ton and then I don’t do shit for months, deal with it. But I came out of hiding for a serious message that I am giving to you right now (peace & love, peace & love).
The trailer for Avengers: Endgame came out recently: it’s not big on action or anything, but if you pay attention I think it confirms one of the MAJOR theories going around on how exactly the Avengers will defeat Thanos.
The theory I am talking about is the Ant Man/Quantum Realm theory, where Ant Man will somehow use his access to the Quantum Realm to undo all of the snapping Thanos got going on. The trailer confirms that Ant Man will be featured in Avengers: Endgame, but I don’t know if anyone has figured out just how much the trailer is telling us.
As a sort of “after credits” semi-comedic scene in the trailer, Scott Lang shows up at the front door of the Avengers compound. Earlier in the trailer, we see Bruce Banner looking mournfully at a picture of Scott Lang – either the Avengers think he died along with the others, or perhaps the Avengers somehow find out who was supposed to die and the Quantum Realm shielded him. We are supposed to assume that this is a scene showing that Ant Man is here to save the day, but is that what this really is?
Let’s look at the details. Scott Lang is driving the van from the post-credits scene from Ant Man & the Wasp, so he is probably fresh out of the Quantum Realm. He even says he met the Avengers “a few years ago at the airport in Germany,” referring to Captain America: Civil War (which lines up with the timeline correctly). All of this points to Scott Lang being at the front door at the present time, waiting to be let in…
Captain America asks, “Is this an old message?”
What if he’s right?
I’m betting that Captain America IS right: Scott Lang isn’t actually at the front door, he recorded the message and the left when he wasn’t let in… only this happened before the Thanos incident. There will be a timestamp to the message that shows Cap is correct (can anyone go back and freeze frame any of the Avengers’ compound screens from earlier movies to see if there is a “pending video message” alert anywhere???). Because of his “few years ago” statement, Cap and Black Widow will figure out that Lang traveled back in time from post-Thanos to pre-Thanos; this will prompt them to seek him out and develop a plan to use the Quantum Realm to undo all that was done.
I mean…. why else have Cap mention that it’s an old message? If they think he’s dead, maybe they are mistaken. But why use this as the final scene of the trailer? It’s not a surprise to us that he’s not dead, so it doesn’t achieve much in that regard. It only makes sense to use this as a closer for the trailer if it’s a big deal, and “Hey, Scott Lang is alive” doesn’t qualify. But “Hey, Scott Lang went back in time and inadvertently left a message on the security system for future Captain America to formulate a plan to save half the universe” definitely makes the cut.