The Quantum Realm was the key to the Avengers’ victory in Endgame, but it was almost omitted from the MCU in Ant-Man, so what would the heroes do?
The Avengers Victory Over Thanos in Avengers: Endgame it was due to their use of the Quantum Realm to time travel and repurchase the Infinity Stones, but the MCU nearly omitted it, raising the question of how this storyline would work without a crucial element. The Quantum Realm was introduced to the MCU in 2015 Ant man as a dangerous state of reality and a potential consequence of using Hank Pym size-altering Pym particles with no security measures in place. Scott Lang’s journey into the Quantum Realm at the end of Ant-Man and The Wasp proved invaluable to the Avengers, as shown in End of the game, but the Ant-Man film series almost started earlier in the MCU under the watch of a different director, making it necessary for the Avengers to defeat Thanos in another way.
Scott Lang’s accidental visit to the quantum realm at the end of Ant-Man allowed him to defeat Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket, and eventually discover that Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp, was alive and trapped in the realm. Scott’s second voyage into Ant-Man and The Wasp’s The post-credits scene may have saved him from Thanos snap as the laws of time and space don’t apply to the Quantum Realm as they do in the main MCU reality. Scott was trapped in the realm, but he didn’t age over the next five years, perceiving them as only five hours, which helped him and the Avengers discover the use of the Quantum Realm for time travel.
Ant man has had a notoriously protracted development phase, taking nearly a decade to release after Edgar Wright was announced as director and screenwriter. Wright left the project just over a year before its release and Peyton Reed took over. Despite this, many of Wright’s decisions regarding by Ant-Man story, characterization and design remained in the final film. Reed optimized the film, keeping the elements of the “superhero heist movie” and making Hank Pym the original 1960s Ant-Man passing the baton to Scott Lang in the 1910s. As revealed in The Story of Marvel Studios: The Creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Reed also added the Quantum Realm concept to the film, a last-minute addition with significant ramifications for the MCU.
Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man never set Endgame
by Edgar Wright Ant man the story was much smaller and character-centric than Peyton Reed’s final film. Though the full extent of Reed’s changes to Wright’s original treatment is still unknown, Wright focused heavily on Hank Pym and Scott Lang, and most of the final film’s ties to the great MCU were added by Reed. In a significant departure from the comics, Wright’s Hank Pym had nothing to do with the creation of Ultron, a change that was coordinated with Joss Whedon to The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Scott Lang’s exciting fight sequence with The Falcon at the Avengers’ Westchester facility was also added by Reed.
Notably, the Quantum Realm was completely absent from the treatment of Wright’s story, having been added by Reed after Wright left the project. It’s unclear how Scott Lang would have defeated Yellowjacket in Wright’s version of the film, but Reed also developed the villain further in the new script. Not including the Quantum Realm wouldn’t have had much of an impact on Hank and Scott’s characterization, but Scott’s familiarity with it proved essential to his role in End of the game and the Avengers’ reacquisition of the Infinity Stones.
Ant-Man could become an avenger without the quantum realm
The original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, was a founding member of the Avengers in their original Silver Age debut, but that wasn’t the case in the MCU. Although there were plans to have The Wasp take Black Widow’s place on the original roster (due to scheduling conflicts with Scarlett Johansson), Ant-Man was never conceived as a founding member of the team. The slow development of Edgar Wright’s film and Marvel Studios’ belief that Ant man may not be one of their most successful tentpole properties, it may have contributed to this. Scott Lang eventually joins the team in End of the game, however, due to his knowledge and use of the Quantum Realm.
Assuming the Ant man of Phase 2 was the iteration of Edgar Wright, and so the Quantum Realm was never introduced, Scott could have joined the team anyway. The original six members of the Avengers all survived Thanos’ snap, but they weren’t the only superheroes in the MCU to be spared. Scott Lang could have simply survived independently of the Quantum Realm and joined the Avengers thanks to his familiarity with Captain America, Falcon and Hawkeye (having fought alongside them in Captain America civil war). Scott’s skills and equipment would still have been invaluable to the Avengers in End of the game, even without the Quantum Realm.
How could Endgame have time travel without the quantum realm?
Although Edgar Wright’s original iteration of Ant man it didn’t include the Quantum Realm, that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be introduced in the sequel. Assuming Wright would make another movie in between Avengers: Infinity War And End of the game, Kevin Feige may have worked with Wright to introduce the Quantum Realm as a concept that would prove essential to the next storyline. Avengers movie. If the Quantum Realm was never introduced in the Ant-Man movies, however, End of the game he could still have achieved time travel by another means, thus allowing the Avengers to carry out their “time strike” and undo Thanos’ snap. Various time travel methods are shown in the MCU properties such as SHIELD agents, Fugitives, Loki, And Doctor Strange.
In all likelihood, Tony Stark would have devised a new method of time travel if … Ant man he never introduced the Quantum Realm. The Time Stone was destroyed at the beginning of End of the game and MCU TV shows, although canonical, are rarely recognized in movies. The TVA had advanced technology for time travel, but they wouldn’t interfere in End of the game. With End of the game being Tony Stark’s latest appearance, it’s fitting that his genius is still a key element in reversing the Avengers snap. Scott Lang would still be an integral part of the storyline, being part of the New York 2012 Avengers team and helping protect the Space Stone before things went wrong. The Quantum Realm was a late addition to the first of the MCU Ant man movie, but Avengers: Endgame it could have existed relatively unchanged without it.
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