Warning – this article contains massive Ant-Man and the Wasp spoilers.
At the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp, everything seems pretty hunky dory: Hank Pym’s lab is safely back in his possession, Scott Lang has made it through his house arrest and is now a free man, Janet Van Dyne has been rescued from the Quantum Realm and even Ghost has been saved, the phase-shifting that has been painfully killing her reversed by Janet thanks to the strange quantum energy the latter has returned with.
So all is good with the world, right?
In a shocking mid-credits sequence, Scott (Paul Rudd) dons his Ant-Man suit and heads back into the Quantum Realm, under the careful supervision of Hank (Michael Douglas), Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), to collect more quantum energy to help with Ghost/Ava’s recovery.
Quantum energy collected, Scott calls up to the others to bring him back to the normal-sized world — and hears nothing but silence and static. The scene cuts to where Hank, Janet and Hope were just standing…and we see nothing but black fragments drifting away in the breeze! Yes, Thanos has performed “the snap” and three of our heroes have been dusted away along with half the population of the Earth and the universe, leaving Scott trapped in the Quantum Realm.
How Scott gets out of the Quantum Realm and whether there is something down there that may play a crucial role in Avengers 4 are mysteries that we’re going to have to wait until next May to learn the answer to (for example, Janet warns Scott to beware of “time vortexes” — perhaps a clue that time travel could be a factor in the Avengers’ rematch with Thanos). But for now, it’s safe to say that the mid-credits scene in Ant-Man and the Wasp rates as one of the most startling the MCU has ever produced.
And yes, there is a scene at the end of the credits too — but that one doesn’t need explaining.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is in theaters now.