Note: This article was originally published by Charles Murphy on MCU Exchange on October 18, 2017.
After years of starts and stops and a change in directors, fans finally got a chance to see Ant-Man hit the big screen in 2015. The film filled in some gaps in the history of the MCU, showed Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne in action, introduced their daughter Hope and gave us Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, one of the most endearing and relatable MCU heroes to date. Filming is well underway on Peyton Reed’s follow up, Ant-Man and The Wasp, and through set photos and some scoops, we’ve only been able to scrape together very little info about what to expect from the film…until now!
A source of ours has chimed in with a few details about the plot of the film that, in light of the set photos we’ve seen and where the last film left off, seem to make some sense. We are told that the film will take place over a very short amount of time and will see the leads begin the film in very different situations.
From the first photos of Rudd on set fans have been curious about the timeline of the film. Given Lang’s inclusion in the events in Germany, his incarceration in the Raft and subsequent breakout, fans have wondered how he’s operating in public during Ant-Man and The Wasp. According to our source, the film takes place after Lang’s escape from prison and when it begins, Lang finds himself on house arrest. While that sounds bad for a superhero, it seems to be just fine with Lang who is content spending more time with his daughter, Cassie. It seems the events of Captain America: Civil War have soured Scott on the prospects of putting on the suit. When the film begins, Scott Lang is Ant-Man no more. How Scott was sentenced to house-arrest despite destroying an airport and breaking out of prison is unknown at this point.
While Scott finds himself adjusting to his new life, Hank and Hope are hard at work trying to find a way to bring Jan back from the Quantum Realm. The father-daughter team are none too pleased with Lang for taking off to Germany in the middle of their work have spent a lot of time working in their lab. They are using Pym Particles to keep their lab small and mobile (maybe similar to Ant-Man Vol. 2 Annual where Lang’s helmet actually had a lab inside it!) because Hank and Hope will spend a good deal of the film on the run, with all types of folks out for them. Though the source didn’t go into detail about the roles the Walton Goggin’s Sonny Burch, Hannah John-Kaman’s Ghost or Randall Park’s Jimmy Woo, it’s not crazy to think that they’re all involved in the hunt for Hank and Hope at some point.
Set pics have revealed that Lang will ultimately re-team with Hope and that, at some point, Hank is all suited up in FBI gear, so there’s certainly an unknown bridge from what our source shared to those points. However, with so little out there about the film so far, it’s nice to have some idea of what to expect when the film opens. It sounds like we are getting a very intimate film that takes place in a VERY short amount of time and one that is, at least in some part, separate from the major events of Infinity War!