In two months time the survivors of Avengers Infinity War will set out to reverse Thanos’ Snap, but how? Well, Doctor Strange’s plan for Avengers Endgame – which he viewed thanks to the Time Stone – may have been teased in Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Bill Foster lecture scene. This is according to a popular new fan theory pointing out that the multi-verse may be accessed through the Quantum Realm. Reddit user juanbergur writes: “In Ant-Man And The Wasp, the trio walk into Bill Foster’s lecture on quantum entanglement, and how an isolated system, when disturbed, can turn chaotic and exist in multiple phases at the same time.”
They continued: “Here’s the quote from the movie: ‘In an isolated system, particles coexist in a stable phase relationship – if the system is interfered with, that stability becomes chaos. Unpredictable, dangerous, beautiful. Isolated completely, a quantum system would revert back to separate states of matter, each entangled with a distinct state of its environment. In other words, the object in question would be in and out of phase with multiple parallel realities.’
“According to this lecture, if an isolated system is tampered with, it’s stability descends into chaos – it’s beauty dependent on whether you’re a victim of said chaos. To me, it sounds like the current MCU is the isolated system. Quite stable, albeit the New York wormhole and the portals created by the Space Stone – maybe because the portals were within this universe, it remains isolated.”
They added: “In Avengers Infinity War, there’s only two scenes where Thanos uses the Reality Stone when not battling – one to fool the Guardians that Knowhere wasn’t destroyed, and another to explain to Doctor Strange about his homeworld, Titan.
“Assuming that the Titan being projected is from his memory as a citizen, there’s only one explanation for the incident on Knowhere – Thanos summoned an alternate reality. A disturbance.
“Also notice how Bill Foster delivers his lecture – he doesn’t use ‘in and out of existence’, no. ‘In and out of phase’, he says. And to me, it sounds like a beeline to Marvel’s timeline division – Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3.
“Maybe Doctor Strange used the Time Stone to exist in ‘multiple phases’ (i.e. the past MCU timeline), or made sure the snap happened only after Ant-Man could.”
Certainly, Ant-Man and the Quantum Realm appear to be the key in Avengers Endgame.
After all, the first trailer saw Scott Lang arrive at Avengers HQ with the Quantum Tunnel van last seen in the mid-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Back then Janet Van Dyne had warned Scott of time vortexes in the Quantum Realm.
Avengers Endgame is released in UK cinemas on April 25, 2019.