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Ant-Man and The Wasp’s after-credits scene leaves us with many questions

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Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) in Ant-Man and The Wasp Ben Rothstein/Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp — starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer in the title roles — is out this weekend. It has a post-credit sequence. It deals with the events of Avengers: Infinity War. But how?

Oh, and there’s also an after after-credits scene. We’re about to sort it out for you. And we’ll add one more sentence to keep the unwitting from seeing any spoilers.

Let’s get started.

[Warning: This post will contain major spoilers for Ant-Man and The Wasp.]

Ant-Man and The Wasp Marvel Studios

Ant-Man in the quantum realm

Our main after-credits sequence picks up after the cheery end of the movie. Hank, Janet, Hope and Scott are all getting together to do some super science!

With Janet’s help, Hank has managed to miniaturize his quantum tunnel until it fits inside a van, and Scott is heading back into the quantum realm in order to harvest energy for their new ally, Ghost. Without it, it’s implied, Ghost will revert back to a state in which she cannot control her phasing power, putting her in constant pain.

Everything seems to be going smoothly — Scott shrinks down into the quantum realm, his mic check goes fine (his big buddies warn him to watch out for time vortexes) and he collects the energy.

Then he calls for his backup to pull him out and up to normal size ... and there’s no response. If you’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War, you’ve probably already guessed what happened.

Back up at normal size, Hank, Janet and Hope are all just dust blowing on the wind, as Thanos’ 50 percent purge of the universe takes effect. Apparently nobody on team Ant-Man was watching the news that day. Or, at least, no giant space doughnuts showed up in San Francisco.

So Hank, Janet and Hope are gone — and Scott is stuck inside the quantum realm until who knows when. It’s an interesting development, given that Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are confirmed to appear in Avengers: Infinity War’s sequel, the unnamed Avengers 4.

It’s hard to guess, at this point, how Scott could make his own way out of the quantum realm, without someone to pull him out using the quantum tunnel. All the Marvel Universe characters who are experts in shrinking and Pym Particles are now dead. Tony Stark is stuck on the planet Titan, and Bruce Banner didn’t even know that Ant-Man existed two days ago. But perhaps the solution won’t like in a super scientist.

There are plenty of Infinity Gems that could be capable of pulling Scott out. The Reality Stone, for one, which could simply alter reality until he’s not small anymore. Or the Time Stone, which could rewind him until before he dropped into the quantum realm. And, hang on, what did they say about time vortexes again?

But wait, there’s one more

Ant-Man and The Wasp does have a second credits scene, short and sweet. OK, maybe not sweet. In it, we see the enlarged ant that Hank Pym trained to imitate Scott’s daily movements in order to spoof his ankle monitor.

She’s (in most species worker ants are infertile females, please stop misgendering them, Scott) playing the drums in Scott’s house, while a phone rings with no one to answer it. Is Luis at the office? Or is it something more sinister? The world feels empty, except for that drumming ant.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp will return,” proclaims the screen, shortly after appending a question mark to the sentence.

How does Scott get out of the quantum realm? How does Hope appear from beyond the pale of death? We’ll find out when Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019.