Warning: this post contains Ant-Man spoilers.
The company is “scratching the surface of the Marvel mindtrip, the mind-bending natures of reality, which is something that we’re going to completely go off the rails with in Doctor Strange,” Feige told EW.
In retrospect, it seems obvious Feige was talking about the Quantum Realm, the subatomic dimension Rudd’s miniaturized superhero Scott Lang visits in Ant-Man and, per the executive, is a portent of things to come in the Scott Derrickson-directed Doctor Strange, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular sorceror, slated for a Nov. 4, 2016 release.
Or is it obvious that’s what he was referencing? For clarification, we reached out to Ant-Man filmmaker Peyton Reed. “There may well be a link between the Quantum Realm and alternate realities and parallel universes and Doctor Strange,” he told us. “The definite link is that psychedelic era of the Marvel comics world — the late ’60s, early ’70s stuff.”
Cagey! Reed was less oblique about the possibility that the Quantum Realm could play an important part in an Ant-Man sequel — or whichever Marvel movie next features Michael Douglas’ grief-stricken scientist, Hank Pym.
“It was something that Adam McKay (Ant-Man cowriter) and I really wanted to bring to the Ant-Man movie,” said Reed. “We knew that there was going to be a lot of shrinking in the movie, but we wanted to take it even further in the third act. There’s a lot going on in the Quantum Realm and there’s a lot of storytelling possibilities. The fact that Scott survives the Quantum Realm in the movie — which Hank Pym said is theoretically impossible — got Hank Pym spinning again, wondering about, ‘Is there a possibility where my wife might be still alive down there?’ So it may have set off this obsession again. It remains to be seen if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.”