The release of Marvel’s sequel to Ant-Man has left us with many unanswered questions about the film and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Ant-Man and the Wasp sits somewhere in between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War and revolves around Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) attempting to defeat a new rival, Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). Here are some of the things we need to figure out…
[MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW]
Does Hank (who we discover to have connections with S.H.I.E.L.D) have a bigger part in the MCU than we first thought?
In the film we discover that Hank, to no surprise, has connections and problems with the government agency S.H.I.E.L.D. But how extensive are these connections? Did he help with some of their technological developments or, more importantly, is he still helping them? While we know he worked with people in S.H.I.E.L.D and fell out with everyone, it’s doubtful that he is still working with them, but the possibility isn’t so far fetched considering this is Marvel we’re talking about.
Will S.H.I.E.L.D or the government use quantum technology to transform people into spies and soldiers by changing them to be like Ghost?
The MCU has a record of transforming normal people into superheroes with advanced technology, whether intentional or not, so it’s possible they would use the technology to create more super humans. The stealth and agility of Ghost and her ability to travel through walls and become invisible would be ideally suited for any new spies or agents the government seeks to recruit.
Will Jimmy Woo play a larger role in the next film?
Despite being a supporting player in both Ant-Man films, FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) has quite a lot of screen time compared to other characters. His main goal is to have Scott arrested, but he quite easily gets distracted. He felt a bit like a puppet, almost as though everything he did was for someone bigger than him. This could just be because he works for the government, but he could also be working for a greater evil.
Are Janet’s powers permanent or temporary, and what can she do with them if it’s the former?
During her imprisonment in the Quantum Realm, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) is shown to be able to make a telepathic connection with Scott. She also describes being able to feel someone’s pain, and possesses another person’s body at one stage. Drawing attention to these unique abilities suggests they may prove useful in future films.
After exposure to the Quantum Realm, will Hank and/or Scott develop powers too?
Janet’s abilities were a result of her being in the Quantum Realm, and while we’re not sure if this was due to her exposure to this unnatural environment, it appears to have had something to do with it. Even though she spent an extensive time in the place, how long it took for her to develop these gifts is a mystery. Both Scott and Hank experience the same risk, but could also possibly possess them already.
What plans do Dr. Bill Foster and Ghost have after the film?
Bill (Laurence Fishburne) and Ghost have what can only be described as a father-daughter relationship. When he decides to stay with her it’s clear they have a strong bond with each other and it can be assumed that they’ll continue to stick together.
Has Hope officially become partners with Scott, or was The Wasp a one-time gig?
In this film we see Hope take on her mother’s role as a new, revamped version of The Wasp, which she executes well. She maintains a strong exterior while letting herself get emotional at times – a great contrast that depicts how she presents herself to the world, and to others. She assists Scott in a lot of fights and obviously enjoys it. However, it’s hard to tell whether she will stick with her father and continue to be just a scientist helping Ant-Man, or whether we shall see The Wasp again.
Words: Alice Thompson
Ant-Man and the Wasp is in cinemas now – read our review.