Marvel Might Not Be Giving Us A New Captain America, And That’s OK

Just like in the DC Comics universe, certain characters in the Marvel Comics universe have shared the same superhero identity, sometimes at the same time. Take Captain America. Steve Rogers is chiefly known as the patriotic hero, but at other times, both Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. Winter Solider, and Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Falcon, have held the mantle. With many thinking that Avengers 4 will mark Chris Evans‘ last appearance as Steve in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s been speculation that the Captain America identity will be passed to either Bucky or Sam. However, a recently-announced project indicates that may not actually happen, which wouldn’t be a terrible thing.

In case you missed the news, it was reported last week that Marvel is developing a Falcon and Winter Soldier TV series for the Disney streaming service. Empire writer and co-executive producer Malcolm Spellman is attached to write this series, and like the previously-revealed series for Loki and Scarlet Witch, respectively, this would be a limited run of six to eight episodes. Just to be clear, the Falcon/Winter Soldier series doesn’t have an official green light yet, though one can imagine there are a lot of MCU fans who’d want to see it.

These shows for the Disney streaming service are intended to highlight characters who wouldn’t lead this own movies, and evidently Falcon and Winter Soldier fall into that category. Nevertheless, this will provide an opportunity to give these two more screen time together, arguably more so than if they were solely popping up in other movies. When we last saw Falcon and Winter Soldier at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, they’d both been turned to dust by the Thanos snap, but Avengers 4 is expected to expected to undo the Mad Titan’s genocide. So it’s likely that Falcon and Winter Soldier’s series will take place after they’ve been returned to life.

Falcon and Winter Soldier’s brief time together in Captain America: Civil War was a blast, as they griped back and forth, one disliking the other for how close he was with Steve Rogers (though in Falcon’s case, he was also distrustful towards Winter Soldier due to his past with HYDRA). This limited series should be a good way for them to become friendlier with one another, though hopefully there will still be instances of them playfully giving each other a hard time. Conversely, the chances of one of them becoming the new Captain America don’t look good.

If Falcon and Winter Soldier were sticking around in the films side of the MCU, then it would make sense for one of them to take over as the Star-Spangled Avenger, even if it was a supporting role to another hero. But now they’re being prepped for their own TV series, and the original report makes it sound like Bucky and Sam will be sticking to their current superhero identities. Which is the right call, as frankly, including the Captain America element would be too distracting for a show.

If you’re going to dedicate six-to-eight hours to highlighting Falcon and Winter Soldier equally, then it’s not worth delving into the Captain America of it all. This shouldn’t be a series revolving around these two arguing and fighting over about who gets to wield the vibranium shield. It should be about them learning how to work better with one another and learning that despite their differences, they’re good fits for one another. If you throw in one of them wearing the red, white and blue uniform, then the dynamic becomes unbalanced. One character could be inherently seen as more important than the other because they’re the new Cap.

Besides, it’s not like we absolutely need a new Captain America going into Phase 4. The post-Avengers 4 MCU landscape is going to look very different than what we’ve grown used to over the last ten years, with heroes like Spider-Man, Black Panther and Captain Marvel becoming the new central protagonists of this franchise, roles that once belonged to Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, among others.

Let’s also not forget that once the Disney/Fox deal goes through early next year, that means the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties will be able to be absorbed into the MCU. With all those new characters, plus folks that Marvel Studios still has at its disposal but hasn’t introduced yet (She-Hulk and Nova, for example), there are plenty of new players that can be brought in. Even if it might be cool to see, there’s no absolute need for someone to fill Captain America’s shoes once he’s gone.

Just because something happens in the comics doesn’t mean that it has to happen in the movies too. The times when Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson served as Captain America were interesting and provided a sense of legacy, but it will also be interesting to see these two embark on their own adventure in a Disney streaming service series. This is a chance for MCU fans who don’t follow along with the comics to get a better sense of why these two are so appealing since they finally get to be leads rather than supporting characters.

And hey, just because it doesn’t look like Bucky and Sam will take over as Captain America doesn’t mean that someone else couldn’t inherit the identity someday. Frank Grillo, who plays Crossbones, speculated that the new Captain America could be a woman, and since Sharon Carter is still running around the MCU, maybe she’d be a worthy candidate. In any case, the MCU has more than enough on its plate for the future that having someone around as Captain America isn’t absolutely necessary.

Of course, assuming this is indeed the plan, this has us wondering even more what Steve Rogers’ ultimate fate will be by the end of Avengers 4. Will he die? Will he retire from protecting the innocent? Will he somehow reunite with Peggy Carter in the past? Whatever the explanation ends up being, we’re approaching the end of an era.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the biggest updates concerning the MCU, which will pick back up on the big screen when Captain Marvel is released on March 8, 2019. Feel free to also look through our Marvel movies guide to learn what else this superhero franchise has on the way and in development.

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Nicole Kidman Talks Supporting Her Children’s Scientology

Throughout the past few years, Nicole Kidman has been more forthcoming about her personal life — particularly her fractured relationship with her ex-husband, Tom Cruise. That includes talking about her eldest children, Isabella (25) and Connor Cruise (23), whom she shares with the A-list celebrity. While Kidman has been fairly reserved about discussing her children in the past, the Boy Erased actress talked about her children in a new interview. She also discussed their devotion to Scientology, and how she supports her kids for making their own decisions — including in their religious beliefs.

Nicole Kidman’s recent comments about Isabella and Conner Cruise were found in her interview with the Australian publication WHO. Her movie Boy Erased sees Kidman plays the wife of a Baptist preacher, played by Russell Crowe, who discovers that her teenage son is gay. As such, the publication wanted to learn more about the actress’s relationship with her own children — including her two adult children that she often doesn’t talk about in public settings. While Kidman has been rather reluctant to talk about her kids in the past, she did offer a couple quotes this time around.

As a high-profile celebrity, Nicole Kidman knows how important it is to protect her children from the public spotlight– particularly if they would rather live private lives. That said, how that her children are fully-grown adults, she understands that they need to make decisions for themselves. When it relates to their religious beliefs, Kidman knows that it is ultimately their choice. If they believe in the principles taught by Scientology, that’s their own decision.

In addition to her recent comments about Conner and Isabella Cruise, Nicole Kidman also recently opened up about the miscarriages she had while she was married to Tom Cruise. While it is a difficult subject to relive, it continues the actress‘s new tradition of revealing more about her past struggles.

Boy Erased is currently playing in theaters. Additionally, Nicole Kidman is also soon set to be seen in Destroyer and Aquaman starting next month.

What Ewan McGregor Could Look Like As DC’s Black Mask

Casting comic book movies is a trick thing. Each superhero or villain is iconic in their own right, and the hardcore fandom judges each actor based on how accurately they’ll resemble the source material. As such, each time a superhero movie gets green-lit, all eyes are on the cast list. DC’s Birds of Prey has been doing just that, with reports indicating that Ewan McGregor is circling the role of the villainous Black Mask.

Now a fan has rendered what the Star Wars actor would look like as Gotham City mob boss Roman Sionis. And since he’d obviously be wearing the Black Mask itself, there are actually three images. Check it out.

Pretty awesome right? With Ewan McGregor reportedly in final negotiations to play the central villain in Birds of Prey, it’s exciting to have a visual to associate with the developing story. And it shows how awesome the actor could inhabit the space, if he gets the chance.

This new image comes to us from Geek Vibes Nation, and shows that Ewan McGregor might look like as the Batman rogue. McGregor has had a long career in movies, but he doesn’t typically play villainous roles. He was a shining light as Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequels, and has brought a similar charm to projects like Christopher Robin and Moulin Rouge. So seeing McGregor as a cruel mob boss sounds like a fascinating departure– especially as part of the DC live-action universe.

While DC has announced plenty of live-action projects with no foreseeable release date, Birds of Prey (if that is indeed its title) is actively developing its cast and crew. Cathy Yan is on board as director, and has been assembling a team to bring DC’s second female-fronted franchise forward. Birds of Prey even has a release date, so all signs point to the upcoming team-up film actually hitting theaters in the next few years.

Ewan McGregor’s name has been tossed around for Black Mask for a while now, although the most recent report indicated he was in the final negotiations for Birds of Prey. That timing sounds about right, as the movie has been adding stars recently.

Birds of Prey will first and foremost be a vehicle for Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, who became a fan favorite with David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. But there’s also plenty of new faces, including a trio of DC favorites. They include ultra violent Helena Bertinelli / Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Dinah Lance / Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez). The future of DC is female, and they’re going to have to go toe to toe with Black Mask in their debut.

The plot of Birds of Prey is still a mystery at this point, but DC fans are eager to see more of Gotham City and Batman lore enter the DC Universe. Hopefully it’ll one day include crossovers with Batman– if Ben Affleck is even attached to the role by then.

Birds of Prey is currently set to arrive February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

The Nerdy Reason Why Jude Law’s Fantastic Beasts 2 Wand Had To Be CGI’d

In Dumbledore’s most esteemed moment, he gained the allegiance of the Elder Wand, one of the three Dealthy Hallows and the most powerful wands to have ever existed. When we meet Jude Law‘s young Dumbledore in Crimes of Grindelwald, he is not yet in possession of the Elder Wand. However, Eddie Redmayne revealed in an interview with Sirius XM, that Law’s wand originally looked as such. J.K. Rowling caught notice of this detail while looking at some raw footage and some movie magic resulted. In Redmayne’s words:

Early images of young Dumbledore’s wand are rather exquisite to match the elegance and stature of the Hogwarts professor. It’s a dark wood root with a stone on one end separated by a gold rim. The Elder Wand, on the other hand, (Gellert Grindelwald’s hand, to be precise), is 15 inches long, made of elder wood and has a threstral tail-core, which is described on J.K. Rowling’s official site as a “tricky substance only wizards that mastered death can control.”

It’s all in the details and it’s understandable how some confusion might arise if Jude Law’s wand looked too much like the notorious wand. Crimes of Grindelwald only marks the second of five planned Fantastic Beasts movies, and the duel is still quite some time away. The upcoming film is set in 1927, just a few months after the events of the first movie, and Albus Dumbledore doesn’t obtain the allegiance of the Elder Wand in his duel with Grindelwald until 1945.

In Crimes of Grindelwald, the film will follow Johnny Depp, who was revealed as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: Where to Find Them, as he gathers followers for his dark agenda to raise up pure-blood wizards to rule over Muggles. Eddie Redmayne will return as Newt and reunite with his mentor at Hogwarts, Dumbledore, who enlists him to help stand in the way of the dark wizard’s plans.

Jude Law’s involvement in the Fantastic Beasts franchise is also highly notable from the Harry Potter films. While much of the cast said they had to go to “wand school,” Law did not, maybe because he didn’t need it? His fellow cast describes their co-star as a “painter” with the wand, each of them having their own style with their wand flicks along with wand looks to go personally with their characters. Fans can take a closer look at young Dumbledore’s wand in Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald which hits theaters on November 16.

New Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle Trailer Is Epic And Intense

This year’s holiday movie season is not limited to the big screen, with anticipated movies from acclaimed filmmakers arriving on Netflix over the next couple of months as well. Among those films is Andy Serkis’ Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, which will offer up a different take on Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale. The new trailer for the movie teases an epic and intense story that is different from what we’ve seen before. Check it out.

It is a pity that Mowgli will only be playing in select theaters and most people will see it on their TVs, because this trailer shows it to have a truly epic and big feel that you would want to enjoy on the largest screen possible. The scale of the narrative seems larger than Disney’s adaptations and the story appears to have much higher stakes due to the increased human element in the film.

The presence of humans and guns raises the stakes and adds a level of intensity to this trailer and makes the threats to Mowgli, the jungle and its inhabitants much more grave. Shere Khan is a physical threat, but humans are an existential one. That comes through in this trailer and I’m guessing this movie will have some intense moments because of it.

This movie has been pitched as a darker telling of Rudyard Kipling’s story, and that definitely comes through in this trailer. There are a couple of light-hearted moments, but overall this footage is pitching a movie that is about struggle, both internal and external. Mowgli is PG-13 and it looks like it will earn that rating with darker themes, more frightening moments and more violence.

The lush environments and colors really pop in this Mowgli trailer, and I’m guessing that Andy Serkis’ has created a visual feast. Like Disney’s The Jungle Book before it, Mowgli also uses CGI for the jungle’s speaking inhabitants– although they look very different than those in the Disney film.

The talking and facial movements of Bagheera, Baloo and the like are much more human and emotive, displaying more of the actor’s performances, but it took me a little bit to get used to it. Although I’m not sure that would have been the case had the Disney version not come out first.

It’s unfortunate that those comparisons have to be drawn, but that’s the reality with two movie adaptations of the same story. But the trailer highlights that while the characters and the source material might be the same, in tone, story and style, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle looks to be a very different film than The Jungle Book. And that’s exactly what makes it so interesting.

While this trailer really made me want to see Mowgli on the big screen, I think that the move to Netflix was a smart one. Audiences may have avoided a new theatrical Jungle Book movie due to its proximity to the last one which came with the powerful Disney branding. But Netflix requires no financial investment on the part of existing subscribers. So hopefully that results in more people checking it out what Andy Serkis has made.

Overlord Review

I basically found myself rooting against the Nazis because they’re Nazis, which isn’t hard. But after films like Inglorious Basterds used Nazis as not only obvious villains but also intriguing characters with something to say, it’s hard to go back to this sort of character. Though, that’s not saying the heroes have it any better in that respect, as all of our GIs are pretty archetypical as well. While the actors embodying such roles do lend their own verve and flavor to portraying them, they’re still pretty two dimensional.

Modern Family Dropped A Pregnancy Shocker On One Character

Spoilers below for anyone who hasn’t yet watched Modern Family’s latest episode.

Through most of its first decade of seasons, Modern Family successfully jumped from one year to the next without doing much to shake up the status quo. Season 10, however, has already shown off some unusual storyline shifts. To say nothing of that overhyped death that didn’t do much to win audiences over, the ABC mainstay threw another bump in the road by revealing Sarah Hyland’s Haley Dunphy is pregnant. What the what?

That’s right, Haley started off “Did the Chicken Cross the Road?” by wanting to prove herself more mature than how Luke’s personality assessment pegged her. Her attempts fell flat, and she ended up going to ride bumper cars with Dylan. While applying lipstick inside one of the cars, which is something every mature person does with frequency, Dylan rammed into her, sending the lipstick tube up her nose, requiring a hospital trip.

The tests she took inside the emergency room clued nurses into the fact that Haley is an expectant mother, which technically does make her a more adult person than she was before the episode’s events took place. So…yay?

Sarah Hyland and others were heavily teasing just such a twist in the aftermath of DeDe Pritchett’s death, but came short of making a full reveal. Still, fans were tuned into the possibility, with Haley’s mega-appetite in that death episode cluing some in on potential body changes.

Speaking of body changes, Sarah Hyland took to social media to show off the process of getting fitted for a faux baby bump.

The reveal, while only somewhat shocking in the scheme of things, was not exactly one that got fans hyped about where things are heading. Many spoke out on social media about how bothered they are by this turn of events, but it’s not so much that Haley is pregnant. It’s that Modern Family seems to be telling us that Haley is pregnant with Dylan’s baby, which is not everyone’s ideal relationship for Hyland’s character.

When the newly divorced Dylan came back into Haley’s life in Season 10, it almost necessarily meant that relationships were no longer viable with previous boyfriends Andy or Arvin. Granted, Modern Family wasn’t 100% explicit in spelling out that Dylan is the father, so there’s still some wiggle room for the comedy to drop yet another big shocker on fans. But will it?

It’s certainly interesting that Modern Family would choose to bring a pregnancy storyline into the fray in Season 10, at a point when conversations are swirling around this possibly being the show’s final season. Everyone seems like they’d be fine with it, but wouldn’t turn down the chance to come back for at least one more year.

ABC hasn’t made any decisions yet. However, the ratings are no longer dominating and with the cast’s salaries regularly among the largest in TV, the decision to end it wouldn’t come out of left field.

Hot Take Theory Time: What if Modern Family‘s creative team is making Haley pregnant in order to give Sarah Hyland her own spinoff series in the wake of the flagship’s departure? Sure, there are plenty of characters that a follow-up show could center on. However, what would be more fitting than watching the next generation of the Pritchett-Dunphy bloodline getting reared?

Modern Family airs on ABC on Wednesday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see what all the other new and returning shows dotting the schedule are, be sure to keep current with our fall TV premiere guide.

Chrissy Teigen Won’t Be Shamed For Not Breastfeeding

Chrissy Teigen doesn’t take kindly to comments criticizing her parenting methods. On Instagram, one commenter was trying to bemoan the Lip Sync Battle television personality for feeding her five-month-old son Miles from the bottle, rather than breastfeeding the infant child. And while she didn’t necessarily want to type it out outright, Teigen didn’t believe it was the commenter’s right to speak out against the way she’s raising her child. As always, the TV personality and social media influencer made her opinions known.

The controversy arrived on Instagram after John Legend posted a picture of Chrissy Teigen and her family, including her grandmother, Vilailuck Teigen, backstage of The Voice. Her husband is set to become a coach on the NBC music series during its 16th season. In the photo that John Legend posted, the television host was seen on a couch, feeding her infant son with a bottle. It’s this simple image that drew a critical comment online.

When The Voice coach was asked if she doesn’t breastfeed Miles anymore, Chrissy Teigen had the following retort to give to the person asking away.

It’s hard to deny that Chrissy Teigen’s comment is undeniably true. John Legend has, indeed, never breastfeed his young children. And later in the post, Teigen received some support from a stranger who said a few words that Teigen wasn’t willing to say online.

In response to this helpful comment, Chrissy Teigen backed up the person’s comments by replying with the following behind-the-scenes information.

Shots fired. It’s never easy to receive some criticism from a high profile celebrity. But if you are dishing it out in the first place, you better expect it to come. Reading these words, some critics might not wan to take the time to write snide remarks about Chrissy Teigen’s parenting. But you never know. The Internet is always filled with critical people. There’s certainly someone out there willing to say something rude to Ms. Teigen.

If that’s the case, they should know that Chrissy Teigen is going to continue dishing it out. She’s tired of hearing rude and inconsiderate comments about her parenting skills, and it’s apparent that she isn’t completely afraid to utter out a few inappropriate words of her own if people still want to offer their feedback about her parenting priorities. We’re sure someone out there is going to make a fuss in one way or another in the near future. Whatever that fuss might be, and however Chrissy Teigen responds to it, you can totally be sure to read all about it right here at CinemaBlend.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Review

In pop culture, we are living in the age of the fan. Never before have audiences had so many options for entertainment available at any given time. Superhero cinematic universes and heavily serialized television programs, as examples, are notable extensions of this, and it stretches to the world of Harry Potter as well.

In fact, David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a perfect example. The movie is solid and loaded with fun characters and sequences, but it’s also a ride that is designed specifically to be enjoyed by those who have long invested their hearts into the Wizarding World. It is, however, also very much a double-edged sword. While you also have to admire the movie’s commitment and confidence in itself, it’s definitely going to leave some crowds feeling like they are on the outside looking in.

The second chapter in the Fantastic Beasts series, and based on the second screenplay from author J.K. Rowling, The Crimes of Grindelwald picks up a year after its predecessor and begins as its titular villain (Johnny Depp) makes a daring jailbreak in hopes of continuing his mission: finding the powerful young wizard Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) and convincing him to join his side. Of course, Grindelwald being free sets off all kinds of alarms, and it’s not long before news gets back to England and magizoologist/burgeoning celebrity Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).

Having had some experience with Grindelwald in the last movie, Newt knows exactly what it is that the dark wizard is trying to do, but also can’t legally do anything about it because of a punishment that forbids him from international travel. Plus, unlike his bureaucrat brother Thesueus (Callum Turner), he’s also not entirely comfortable choosing sides in the imminent war. This all changes, however, when friends Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob (Dan Fogler) arrive from New York with news that Queenie’s sister Tina (Katherine Waterston) is in Paris looking for both Grindelwald and Credence — and the legendary Dumbledore (Jude Law) asks for Newt’s help in the matter.

That description probably isn’t going to make a lot of sense to those who don’t have at least some background with this property — and that’s on purpose, in that it’s representative of the mode in which Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald operates from the start. Being the tenth chapter in a movie franchise that has earned over $8 billion to date, it has a strong expectation of the audiences’ presumed knowledge, and doesn’t slow down once it gets rolling. The perfect example of this? It never actually features or explains what the “crimes of Grindelwald” are.

For the die-hards, this will be seen as a blessing, as few things will take you out of a movie faster than a string of exposition filled with information that you already know. If you’re not a person who is aware of the Lestrange family, know what a Boggart is, or can immediately recognize the halls of Hogwarts, though, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is trouble. It’s a film that throws you into the deep end of the pool, telling you to sink or swim, and while it’s possible to tread and keep your head above water, it doesn’t exactly make for a wholly satisfying experience.

It speaks to the comfortability of J.K. Rowling as a creator, and is an advancement for her as a novelist-cum-screenwriter following Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The sequel is much more tonally consistent than the previous movie (opting to be more Prisoner of Azkaban than Sorcerer’s Stone), and it seems to have a much clearer idea of the larger story that it wants to tell. However, Rowling also does seem to still be adjusting to the very different way information is offered on screen versus in text, with certain bits coming across as throttling in their delivery.

With so much going on, it’s the characters that ground Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, as it plays host to charming and engaging performances from its talented ensemble. Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander remains a strange, atypical franchise lead (what with his regular inability/hesitance to make eye contact with the people he’s talking to), but his charisma comes from his amiability, and his general attitude makes his bold stances all the more powerful. What’s more, this is a story that tests him, and forces some very important decisions that move the character forward in key ways.

Similar sentiments can be shared about the majority of the returning Fantastic Beasts cast (though there are some spoilery controversial choices made that can’t be discussed at this time), but unfortunately those particularly excited for the roles played by Jude Law and Johnny Depp may walk away underwhelmed. In the case of the former, Dumbledore has only a very minor part in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, straight-up benched by the Ministry of Magic in the middle of the movie, and Law only has a handful of scenes to establish his take on the great wizard.

Grindelwald is the bigger disappointment, though, with most issues stemming from the lack of any kind of meaningful engagement with the character. At the very start we learn through expositional dialogue that he is a smart and dangerous manipulator, but despite seeing a plethora of recruits, we never actually see him fully execute this skill. Instead, we simply know what he’s doing, and we’re told it’s bad… and that’s about it. Rather than coming across as scary or dangerous, he is merely painted as Representative Antagonist who we only know is sinister because the heroes don’t like him. For all of the controversy surrounding Johnny Depp’s casting, it’s strange just how underutilized he is.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a film where what you get out of it is heavily dependent on what you bring into it. It’s competently made, with David Yates bringing that familiar Harry Potter world aesthetic back for the sixth time, but your appreciation for it is going to entirely depend on the context in which you personally put it. It’s a movie built special for aficionados of the Wizarding World, and while there’s nothing wrong with that in this age of fandom, it’s an element that demands consideration before purchasing a ticket.

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Kevin Feige Addresses The Quantum Realm’s Role In The MCU

With just two movies left of Phase Three, the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is largely a mystery. The studio is keeping its plans under wraps, largely in fear of spoiling the events of The Russo Brothers’ Avengers 4. But there are a few narrative threads to pull at, which may become important when the MCU continues on in the wake of Thanos’ finger snap of death.

One of the biggest question marks is the capabilities of the Quantum Realm, which is a setting largely associated with the Ant-Man franchise. The mysterious location has been teased with vast powers, and Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang was left stranded there after Thanos’ finger snap of death. Kevin Feige recently mentioned how the Quantum Realm has been a long time coming, saying:

At the end of Ant-Man, we followed Scott Lang into the Quantum Realm for the first time. We were beginning to peel back the onion that would later be completely peeled back in Doctor Strange as we go into the multiverse. So that was our little test into that. But now the Quantum Realm is a whole other territory that we can play with to tell our stories. This Quantum Realm is much larger than we ever imagined, and there are all sorts of adventures to be had at that level, which perhaps we will explore in another film.

Well, this is certainly intriguing. Per Kevin Feige’s comments in the book Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years (via ComicBook), it looks like the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to explore the Quantum Realm in future films. And considering the mid-credits scene of Ant-Man and The Wasp, that event will be sooner rather than later.

The Quantum Realm has been a cloud looming above both Ant-Man movies, with the blockbusters not really explaining its powers and capabilities. Scott managed to survive his first brief encounter in the first movie, with that moment playing a big part in the rescue of Janet van Dyne in Ant-Man and The Wasp. Janet was eventually brought back with mysterious powers, with little to no explanation about the Quantum Realm given in the film’s third act.

Ant-Man and The Wasp‘s mid-credits episode helped connect it to the greater MCU, as its set the same time as Infinity War‘s epic Battle of Wakanda. After going to the Quantum Realm for some samples, Scott Lang was left stranded as Hope, Hank, and Janet all turned to dust as a result of Thanos’ snap of death. He was last seen floating through the mysterious setting, with no hopes of help.

But the Quantum Realm has also been teased to possibly contain time traveling and/or worm holes, which may be the key to defeating Thanos. If Ant-Man can go back in time or to an alternative reality, then perhaps he can stop the Mad Titan from ever snapping his fingers. The villain almost perished multiple times during Infinity War, so the pint sized hero could be the key to saving the galaxy.