Though relatively new to the films, Ant-Man has huge potential within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The good-natured tech expert-turned-superhero is not just a fanboy of his fellow superheroes, he’s a brilliant mind in his own right. When we last left Scott Lang in Captain America: Civil War, he had joined the Avengers as Ant/Giant-Man and was headed into unknown territory alongside them. But in his own life, Lang shrunk himself past the point of no return to ACTUAL unknown territory, the quantum realm, and somehow reversed the effects and returned to our macroscopic world. And much like his fellow “science bros,” Iron Man and Bruce Banner, Ant-Man likely has some more technological tricks up his sleeve. What is in the quantum realm? Can he and Hope van Dyne find her mother, the original Wasp, lost in the abyss? We may be able to look to a real-life science lab for the answers.
Last night, while on a tour of Marvel’s offices on the Walt Disney lot, we were able to chat briefly with Ant-Man director Peyton Reed, who’s currently working on Ant-Man and the Wasp, about what Scott Lang is up to now. As we poured over concept art for upcoming films like Captain Marvel, our pal and Crafting Comics cohost Tiffany Smith asked Reed if the Ant-Man’s technology inspires the film’s design or if the designs influence the tech. Ever vigilant of spoilers, Reed remained tight-lipped, saying that though he didn’t want to give anything away, they did go to a real location in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Now, this is an unconfirmed theory, but just stick with us. What if Ant-Man goes to CERN?
For those unfamiliar, CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research based in Switzerland, where physicists and engineers are, according to the official site, “probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.”
Think about it. CERN tests tiny particles and how they interact with each other. If you were seeking answers about an alternate dimension that exists beyond space and time, wouldn’t you trust science’s greatest minds to help you figure that out?
Iron Man’s suits are at least partially based on reality. Ant-Man has only touched the surface of the Microverse. And between Thor, the Guardians, and Doctor Strange, the alternative dimensions of the MCU cosmos are constantly evolving and growing. Who’s to say that actual science like the experiments being conducted at CERN can’t cross over to the films, too? (Probably Kyle Hill, but never mind that.)
So what do you think? Is our theory totally bonkers or do we have something here? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t miss the rest of coverage from Marvel’s Open House!