Collider recently held an Ant-Man and The Wasp screening and Q&A with director Peyton Reed, and the filmmaker dished some details about the mysterious Quantum Realm that is expected to make a bigger splash in the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe in the near future.
Reed didn’t shy away from it’s connections to the Fantastic Four, the director has been trying for years to make Fantastic Four film set in the 1960s for ages, so having tiny links Marvel would be allowed to use before the merger like this would make a lot of sense.
“I was always fascinated with the various versions of the micro-verse in the Marvel Comics because I was a kid who grew up reading Marvel and was first introduced to it in Fantastic Four. There was an early Doctor Doom storyline where they all shrink down in the micro-verse and stuff…”
“I do know the rules as much as they pertain to our specific story. I also know what time and space can do down there and the seeming sort of infinite quality of the Quantum Realm. We talked a lot about what our movie’s internal logic was going to be for the Quantum Realm.”
It’s starting to look like the Quantum Realm might be bigger than we expected and there could be some life/future Marvel characters hanging out there. Peyton Reed confirms to Collider that there is indeed some sort of civilization down there.
“Janet Van Dyne is clearly not wearing her Wasp suit down there. There are little vestiges and pieces of it she’s taken from her suit thirty years later, but she has this spear things and these other items that feel like it’s from some sort of culture. There’s something going down. It’s not just some wasteland.”
“The coordinates she gives for them to meet her are in this area called ‘The Wasteland’, which, let’s say you were to shrink down and go Quantum, you have to go past this Quantum Void, which is where Scott sort of reached in the first movie and blacked out. And in this Quantum Pod, Hank is sort of able to hit the thrusters and go further past the void and penetrate this membrane into the Quantum Realm. And that’s the highest level, and that’s where she’s agreed to meet him. There is definitely a shot as Hank and Janet are blasting out of the Quantum Realm where it appears there might be some sort of civilization down there.”
“There’s definitely a specific backstory to what Janet Van Dyne has been doing the past thirty years… There’s some great food down there, guys. The food scene in the Quantum Realm is not to be believed (laughs). For the breathing, Janet makes the point that her time down there has not just been adaptation. It’s also been evolution, and maybe she’s evolved as a being. So when she’s first down there, it’s easy to imagine she survived from her suit, but perhaps things have happened from her time down there where she’s adapted and possibly even evolved.”
There could be a lot of characters hanging out in the Quantum Realm such as The Eternals (godlike superbeings that have links to the mutant gene via the Celestials), Squadron Supreme (basically, Marvel’s parody of the Justice League that very well could be Eternals in the MCU), The Olympians (Hercules and the Greek Gods kin to the Asgardians and connected to the Eternals), The Black Knight (a member of the Avengers alongside Olympian Hercules and Eternal Sersi), or even a post-merger Fantastic Four/Doctor Doom as Reed clearly reaffirms the Quantum Realm’s connection to the comic book version of the micro-universe.
Could there also be motivations to keep whatever is down there a secret as well? Sure, Marvel Studios isn’t known for blabbing about their future plans until they’re ready to do so. Whatever the plan is we’re expected to see a lot of it come forth in Phase 4.
With the merger expected to be completed by the spring, that in theory, Reed could add the Fantastic Four (or their characters/villains) to Ant-Man 3 if Feige allowed him to introduce them that way.
Reed has previously suggested he’s hopeful for an Ant-Man 3 and it does feel like that’ll be his next project.