This article will contain spoilers from Avengers: Infinity War, you have been warned!
Avengers: Infinity War isn’t even a week old as I write this but thanks to the ending of the movie the conversation around Avengers 4 has dominated the internet for the past couple of days. If you have already seen the set photos from Avengers 4 which is set to be released next year one of the most important things you would have noticed is the Avengers are in their original costumes.
As you can see from the set photos those present on set are Iron Man, Captain America, Loki, Thor and Bruce Banner. However amongst the original cast one character that is also present who raised a lot of questions at the time of the release of these photos is Ant-Man. Having seen these set photos before Infinity War I paid Ant-Man no mind but with how the movie ended it makes sense now and his presence raises a lot of questions. What the set photos tell us is that Ant-Man is crucial to Avengers 4. With half the universe gone he will play a key role for one reason only… The Quantum Realm. Now what is the Quantum Realm? I’ll try my best to explain it, again I’m no expert so correct me if I’m wrong please.
The Quantum Realm to its core is an alternative dimension where place and time become irrelevant and it can only be accessed through magical energy, mystical transportation or by using ‘tremendous subatomic shrinking’. That last point is crucial because that’s where of course Ant-Man comes in. The Quantum Realm cannot be accessed by Doctor Strange in Avengers 4 because as you saw he ‘died’ and they can’t use the time stone as long as Thanos has it. Ant-Man who we never see in Infinity War most likely survived the snap and is the only one who can access the Quantum Realm now. A line about the Quantum Realm was also dropped in the recent Ant-Man and The Wasp trailer.
This is how it has been described when one enters the Quantum Realm:
At that point, time does not hold any sway and concepts of space are irrelevant. Once there, they will be frozen in time, unable to age, but also be in a state of unconsciousness or half consciousness, barely aware of their surroundings. (via. Marvelcinematicuniverse)
Assessing the Quantum Realm could serve multiple purposes:
- It would allow the remaining Avengers to go back in time and save those who were perished during the snap.
- Or it could be used to travel to the soul world where Thanos currently is by the end of the movie and that could also be where the rest of the Avengers are. Again that’s just a theory I could be way off with that point.
- They could also use the Quantum Realm to travel back in time to recruit Captain Marvel because she’s from the 1990s and because of her strengths and power she is their best hope to defeat Thanos, she could even pick up the gauntlet. Also her film comes out just before Avengers 4 so be sure to see some reference to the activities that took place during Infinity War in the post credit scenes.
One of the most important things to take away when someone enters the Quantum Realm is “whoever tries to explore it may become trapped for eternity”. This is interesting because it implies the possibilities of one of the original Avengers dying in this film (for real this time). There has to be consequences for travelling back in time, and there always is. Maybe in Avengers 4 we’ll see some of the original Avengers lose their lives in the process of saving the new Avengers. As for who I think will die in Avengers 4 in my opinion it’s between Captain America and Tony Stark. I mean it’s been set up clearly, they never got to reconcile in Infinity War and once they do in Avengers 4 I think one of them will say their final goodbye. My theory is Tony will end up with the Infinity Gauntlet. Tony will also play a crucial role in this film because Doctor Strange gave up the time stone to save him meaning he was important to the one outcome Strange saw when the Avengers eventually win. And once again if he were to get his hands on the gauntlet a sacrifice would have to be made for the soul stone and I believe that will be Steve Rogers.
Let me know what you think of all these theories
What are your predictions for Avengers 4?