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Ant-Man Is Why Captain Marvel Hasn't Been Seen In MCU Films Until Now - A Theory


My most recent discussion about Marvel's cinematic universe, specifically the Ant-Man & Wasp and Captain Marvel films, had to be held in private. Partly, this is because the conversations on Twitter can get a bit out of hand with wild theories but, also, I think this particular theory could be a spoiler. Read on at your own peril.

If you engage with me on Facebook or Twitter about the MCU and DC movies (there are tons of opportunities to do so), you may have noticed that I've started limiting my hot takes. I still throw a stray around every now and then when some film industry news sparks a new idea, but I rather chat with a select few about most things.

The two gents I rapped with this time around, @BWil_AU and @AJ_Phx, are people I regularly engage with on a plethora of topics. Our initial discussion of these films started on the public timeline, but something AJ said sparked an idea. First, let's throw out the things you need to know to follow my line of thinking for this theory:

  • Captain Marvel's film takes place in the 90s, preceding the rest of the Avengers
  • Ant-Man can access the Quantum Realm, where space and time is a bit iffy
  • Nick Fury knows a lot of shit and he's not sharing.

Captain Marvel obviously hasn't been mentioned in the MCU movies and, while there's a real-life reason for this, my theory involves how this works for the MCU films. Here it is:

Ant-Man takes Captain Marvel "out of time" to present a threat to Thanos that he's entirely unaware of. 

The smug look of a hero that just saved the world with a little Quantum road-trip? Maybe.

The smug look of a hero that just saved the world with a little Quantum road-trip? Maybe.

Not only that, but I believe we'll learn that Nick Fury's efforts to gather the best that Earth has to offer is based on info relayed to him guessed it...Scott Lang aka Ant-Man. To get even more specific, Lang will share everything that has happened (that he's aware of) that's taken place since whatever time he finds himself in. This will explain Nick Fury all-knowing persona. Captain Marvel will instruct Fury to gather the heroes and boom, the MCU is born.

I'm not sure who's idea it will be, but someone will realize that taking Captain Marvel out of time will be a crucial weapon against Thanos. She's the most powerful of them all and her appearance as an unknown quantity will just add to her impact on the major battle with Thanos taking place in present time. Here are some additional notes:

  • Fury will likely be the only person that knows Marvel exists. Whether it starts out that way or he makes it so, we'll have to see.
  • The journey back to present time may not be a straight shot. Avengers 4 could involve them being catapulted all over the timeline, which explains the casting for Scott Lang's daughter in the next Avengers film. A new take on the Infinity Crusade?

One thing that's uncertain is how the Quantum Realm will be used, but here's a quote from the actress who plays Wasp:

Evangeline Lilly on "Ant-Man & The Wasp":

"When I heard about Infinity War and the direction that they're heading, I did have this moment of realizing, oh, wow, there's a bit of a déjà vu for me with the Lost franchise," she remarked. "We are hitting that (Lost) Season 4 space where everything's about to shift, and you're about to lose the solid ground underneath you. And Ant-Man and the Wasp, of course, will play a part in that."

"In Ant-Man and the Wasp, they are trying everything in their power to safely enter the Quantum Realm and return back from it because they have evidence from the first film that Scott Lang was able to do that. If he can do it, why can't we? If we do succeed in Ant-Man and the Wasp, then that does open a whole entire new multi-verse to enter into and play around in. I'm not the story creator, so I can't tell you what they're going to do with that. But I definitely see the potential there."

There are more things out in the wild to support this theory, but what say you? Is it sounds? Would you be excited by this? Would you hate it? Let me know in the comments. Share your own ideas if you have them! 

By the way, I have another theory that involves Secret Invasion. I'll save that for another time, though.