There’s something quite unique about the films Marvel Studios is releasing between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Something. It’s something that hasn’t really been confirmed until now, and it lends itself to a pretty wild theory about how Infinity War is going to play out. The quasi-confirmation came in the form of some recent comments about the timeline placement for Ant-Man And The Wasp made by Joe Russo.
Russo is one of the directors of Avengers: Infinity War, and when asked by Radio Times about how the upcoming Marvel epic leads into Ant-Man And The Wasp, he subtly implies that the film takes place before Infinity War:
“Civil War has a big impact on everything that followed it, the events of Civil War. In that movie, there are characters who are on the wrong side of the U.S. government, and so the audiences will get to see how everyone responded to being on the wrong side and what decisions they made that allowed them to move forward in their lives.”
Interesting that he’d answer that way to the question “How does Infinity War feed into Ant-Man?” But if that means what it seems to mean, it’s very telling.
There are two MCU movies being released between Infinity War and its untitled follow-up. One is Ant-Man And The Wasp and the other is Captain Marvel. And now, thanks to Joe Russo, we know they have one very important thing in common: They’re both set before the events depicted in Infinity War– with the Ant-Man sequel taking place after Captain America: Civil War and Captain Marvel being set in the 90s.
Why is this important?
Something I’ve discussed across both of RTF’s weekly podcasts (The Revengers and El Fanboy) is the theory that Avengers: Infinity War is going to end with a gut-wrenching cliffhanger; Something that leaves the fate of many characters, if not half the universe, hanging in the balance.
In short, I think the film is going to end with the epic “Thanos Finger Snap” and then cut to black, leaving us wondering who survived.
For those unfamiliar with that reference, in the books once the Mad Titan gets his hands on all of the Infinity Stones, he snaps his fingers and half of earth’s population dies in an instant. It’s a power that was eluded to in the last Avengers: Infinity War trailer.
Setting Ant-Man And The Wasp and Captain Marvel before Infinity War means that the cliffhanger will remain intact and unanswered for an entire year until the fourth Avengers comes out. It means we’ll be asking ourselves tough questions about the fate of the world, and of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, even as we watch two more movies set in that universe.
It’d be a very bold choice, and one I’m really starting to think they’ve made.
And to make it extra powerful? I think Avengers: Infinity War will be the first MCU film to not include a single post-credit sequence, just to make a statement that what Thanos just did has completely changed the universe as we know it, and leave you sitting there in stunned silence as nothing but credits roll before your eyes.
What do you think? Am I reading too much into the fact that Ant-Man And The Wasp will be set in the past? Would Marvel Studios actually do something that bold and dramatic? How would you feel if that’s the way Infinity War ends? Let’s discuss in the comments below, and please share this post with your friends so they can get in on the debate.
SOURCE: Radio Times