If you haven’t watched Ant-Man and the Wasp, this won’t be much of a problem because we’re not going to delve into the movie that much. We are, however, going to zero in on a specific scene in the movie. But again, it contains no spoilers for those of you who haven’t watched it.
It’s been about a month now since the movie came out, but fans are still buzzing (pun intended) about tiny chunks of the movie that could theoretically affect the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it.
The latest discovery fans have been talking about is a passing but silly scene at the start of the movie that most probably ignored. But after some intensive re-evaluation, this Ant-Man and the Wasp easter egg is too convincing to not deliberate about, especially when it sets up the next Avengers movie in a really ingenious way.
At the beginning of the movie, we finally get the answer to where Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang has been all this time; he’s put his Ant-Man suit in a dusty old box and favored a more natural and subtle look with an ankle bracelet. This is of course because he was placed under house arrest for his involvement in the airport clash in Captain America: Civil War. That doesn’t mean he didn’t make the most out of his two-year staycation: now he gets to spend more time with his daughter crawling in quirky fortresses, work on his drummer aspirations, and learn close-up magic. That last one is the main focus of this Avengers 4 fortune telling.
A now-deleted post by a user on Reddit pointed out that when Scott Lang and his parole officer Jimmy Woo, played by the ever so funny Randall Park, are watching Blake Vogt’s online tutorial on how to perform a card trick, the magician used a phrase that will pique any Marvel fan’s interest: “The snap is a misdirection.”
Hang on, don’t get too caught up in overthinking immediately. Of course the word ‘snap’ to a Marvel fan would bring back some sad and maybe even scary memories of Avengers: Infinity War. Once the Infinity Gauntlet was fully powered with all the Infinity Stones, Thanos just had to snap to instantly turn half of the Avengers to dust, leaving every single one of us wondering what this could entail for the next Avengers film. But if we are to believe Blake Vogt’s magician instincts, the snap is just a misdirection.
Now to think about what the misdirection even is will take us a long ass time to deliberate and mull over. Well, for one, fans have already tried explaining that those who were ‘dusted’ in the Avengers didn’t really die but are rather trapped in the Soul Stone. How could we believe that Black Panther, Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy have actually been killed off from the universe for good? This could mean that these heroes could not have actually faded into dust, but are rather trapped in some secret place waiting to appear in the big finale for Avengers 4...just like the card in the magic trick.
If you ask us, we have our own guess as to what this "misdirection" means. We’ll try to keep it short and quick for you, but no promises.
We think it’s not about the snap itself, but what the snap did to the Avengers and that those who were turned into dust aren’t the ones we should really be worried about.
To prove that theory, here’s a list of the supposedly ‘dead’ Avengers: Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Winter Soldier, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Star-Lord, Groot, Drax, and Mantis.
Now if you take a look at what the "dead" Avengers have in common, you’ll see that most of them have upcoming sequels bar Winter Soldier and Falcon. To explain that, we’ll have to drop some comic book knowledge on you.
Winter Soldier aka Bucky Barnes is Steve Rogers’ closest friend and ally. After Steve dies in the comics, Bucky stepped up to replace him as the new Captain America. This also happens for Sam Wilson’s Falcon, who replaced Steve in the 1999 comics after Steve lost the super soldier serum. This would happen again in 2014 and Sam would be Captain America for three years before relinquishing the title to Steve Rogers again. Basically, what we’re trying to say is that these Avengers characters don’t have any legit reason to die right now.
Now, back to those Avengers who survived. What they have in common is that most of them started this whole Marvel Cinematic Universe. They’re the original characters that got us hooked to this superhero movie revolution. And it’s sad that this could mean they’ll be leaving soon to pass the torch to the younger and fresh lineup of the Avengers. This doesn’t explain Rocket, Nebula, Okoye, and M’Baku, however, as they are relatively new compared to the others.
But who knows, maybe this is all pure and utter BS and we don’t actually know what we’re talking about. Or maybe we do? Maybe we’re right? But this also means that we all have to wait for Avengers 4 to come out in May 2019 to understand what really happened.