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ANT-MAN: Reed Reveals The Cinematic Origin Of The Quantum Realm, Discusses Future Significance


Ant-Man introduced the Quantum Realm to audiences in 2015. After the events of Avengers: Infinity War, any trick, realm, dimension, and power is fair game to try and reverse what happened. I have maintained that between Dr. Strange’s powers, Scarlet Witch’s powers and the Quantum Realm, they can get stuff done.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ant-Man and The Wasp director Peyton Reed talked about the Quantum Realm, and its introduction in the first movie.

“The Quantum Realm didn’t exist in Edgar and Joe’s [Cornish] original drafts. When [Adam] McKay came on, McKay and Rudd were writing drafts, and McKay also is a big comics nerd. McKay and I were talking about the Microverse. In a movie that had a lot of shrinking, it’d be great to figure out a thing in the third act that for the purposes of that story was almost a cautionary tale of if you turn off the regulator. It allowed us to give Scott Lang his moment of self-sacrifice, where he was going to potentially kill himself to save his daughter. It also occurred to us that we all love that sort of psychedelic side of the Marvel Universe. It’s the Microverse in the comics that we re-named the Quantum Realm for copyright reasons.

It was never a mandate [from Feige], but it was, “this would be really cool.” Also, visually it was really fun. It just happened to make absolute sense for the third act of our first movie. … I think Kevin has this large vision for what the MCU can be, and I know he definitely has a vision for what specific things he ultimately wants to see in it, but there is an awful lot of give and take with the individual filmmakers and stories that feed into that thing.”

That builds off an interview that Kevin Feige did with The Hollywood Reporter back in 2015 when the first Ant-Man film was being released.

“It really is the movie that closes out Phase Two. Phase One ended with Avengers. So some people thought that Phase Two would end with an Avengers film. But the truth is, there is so much in Ant-Man: introducing a new hero, introducing a very important part of technology in the Marvel universe, the Pym particles. Ant-Man getting on the Avengers’ radar in this film and even – this is the weirdest part, you shouldn’t really talk about it because it won’t be apparent for years – but the whole notion of the quantum realm and the whole notion of going to places that are so out there, they are almost mind-bendingly hard to fathom. It all plays into Phase Three. It became very clear that Ant-Man is the pinnacle and finale of Phase Two and Captain America: Civil War [May 6] is the start of Phase Three.”

We will hopefully have a clearer picture of how the Quantum Realm can help our heroes when Ant-Man and The Wasp hits theaters this Friday, July 6.

If you have a theory about how the Quantum Realm can be used in the future, we’d love to hear it. Leave it in the comments or write it for us!



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