We were first introduced to the Quantum realm back when Ant-Man was released in 2015 when the hero went subatomic and made his way back safely. It was described as a place “where all concepts of time and space become irrelevant as you shrink for all eternity” per Michael Douglas’ character, Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man before Scott Lang came along. We would later get another look at it in 2016’s Doctor Strange before experiencing it in much more depth this year in Ant-Man and the Wasp. It’s clear that Marvel Studios is planning something big with the Quantum Realm, the question now is “What?”
In an interview with SR, Ant-Man and the Wasp director, Peyton Reed, talked about the vision for the Quantum Realm in the MCU moving forward:
“Well, I’ll tell you that we, in terms of concepts and even characters in the comic, it’s something that we really do take seriously. Absolutely take into consideration. And I think it goes without saying that there is so much more to explore in the Quantum Realm that we really only in the context of this story, in Ant-Man and the Wasp, we only had time to really scratch the very surface on it. Because it’s really seemingly infinite.”
Reed continued expressing:
“So, I would answer it in a general sense that yes, we really want to deal with the Quantum Realm more. Because I think there’s a lot more to deal with. And it’s a whole important side of the Marvel Universe from the comics that I think really I’d love to see rendered in the MCU. And I would love to be a part of that. So, that’s probably the most specific I can be about that answer. But I know that it conceptually really excites me.”
One theory considering Captain Marvel’s entrance into the MCU coming next year just prior to Avengers 4 is that Carol Danvers’ abilities could be tied very closely to the Quantum Realm versus let’s say, the power cosmic as it were in the comicbooks. It wouldn’t be the first time that the source material was deviated from in ways to make the storytelling flow for cinema. If things do sort of push in that direction with the reworkings of Captain Marvel’s origin story, we’ll know shortly.
Who knows, maybe energy gathered in the Quantum Realm could help with some sort of time travel scenario which in theory would call for a lot to be expelled. Or this theoretical energy could be harnessed for reversing the effects of Thanos’ infamous finger snap in Infinity War? Again, all just theories for now, but chances are we’ll get some serious answers next year when Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8th and Avengers 4 on May 3rd, both coming in 2019!