This morning the trailer dropped for Avengers: Endgame, the official title of what we’ve been calling Avengers 4 all this time. As expected, things have sort of exploded as fans begin to pour over the trailer to get a hint of what’s next Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and while the trailer is careful to actually tell us very little, it does reveal an interesting story for one of the MCU’s “smaller” character. We know that Scott Lang makes it out of the Quantum Realm on his own somehow, and we know that simple fact is really important to the movie.
Scott Lang/Ant-Man was nowhere to be found in Avengers: Infinity War. It’s revealed through dialogue that he is on house arrest following the events of Captain America: Civil War. At the end of the last MCU movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp Scott Lang is actually inside the Quantum Realm when “the snap” occurs. Either for this reason, or just random luck, he survives, but the people who were supposed to pull him out of the Quantum Realm are dusted.
In one of the early shots in the new trailer, we see Bruce Banner mourning over images of fallen friends. We see Peter Parker’s face, so we know the people in these headshots are dead, and Scott Lang is one of them.
Clearly, the Avengers believe Scott Lang is dead. Whether they have “confirmed” this in some way, or have just made the call because Scott can’t be found, who knows, but it seems clear that they don’t just think he’s dead, they’re certain.
This is because the final sequence of the trailer reveals that Scott Lang is, in fact, very much alive. If Scott Lang had simply been missing in action you’d expect Captain America’s reaction to Scott being alive would be relief, but that’s not it. He’s shocked. He assumes he’s watching some old recording rather than a live video of Avengers HQ’s front gate.
The fact that it is a live-video confirms that Scott Lang found his own way out of the Quantum Realm somehow. He also did it, as far as we can guess, on his own. Considering Janet Van Dyne, a scientist much smarter than Scott, couldn’t do that for years, we know that this is a pretty big deal.
What’s more, the trailer is telling us that it’s important. By making this scene the last one in the trailer, the Russo Brothers are making it clear that Scott Lang being alive, that his escape from the Quantum Realm, is the answer. Somehow, this piece of information is key to the story of Avengers: Endgame.
This falls in line with many fan theories that have surmised that the Quantum Realm will be the key to the Avengers using time travel as a way to undo the events of Avengers: Infinity War. While this isn’t a complete confirmation of that theory, it certainly is a major point in the theory’s favor.
Odds are that we’ll get some more details in the next trailer for Avengers: Endgame, otherwise we’ll learn all the answers when the movie arrives in theaters, which will actually be this April, not May.