If you remember, there’s a scene in Infinity War where Black Widow explains why Ant-Man and Hawkeye aren’t involved in any event of the film. She reveals that both of the heroes are under house arrest after the events of Civil War.
Then came Ant-Man & The Wasp which took place before the events of Infinity War, revealing that Scott Lang served his entire sentence. When Thanos made his fateful snap, Scott was still stuck inside the Quantum Realm during one of his adventures.
Ant-Man director Peyton Reed addressed this error in continuity in a recent episode of the Empire Film Podcast. Here’s what he said:
“Listen, maybe they just didn’t think he was up to the task. It’s still to be determined what the Avengers actually think of Scott Lang,” said Reed. “And again, I like the idea that at the beginning of this movie that he’s not Ant-Man. And he’s kind of wrestling with the idea of ‘Is there space in my life to be Ant-Man? I know I like it.’ But overtime he’s put on that suit, it’s brought him a lot of trouble.”
He even explained this sentiment through the opening scene of the movie in which Lang is playing a pretend heist with his daughter to show her what it’s like to shrink and pull off a mission but obviously he cannot do that because then he wouldn’t be a “good” parent to her.
The movie takes place before the events of Infinity War and the events of both the movies are only connected directly by the post-credits scene of Ant-Man.
“I mean, we have to assume that Hank and Janet spent a little time in their seaside house, wherever on this remote island, and came back and got to work on this Quantum experiment. So, you know, it is undetermined, but it’s not that long a period of time, because we really do play our characters [where] they are sort of in their bubble doing their thing and really unaware of all the events that are happening,” Reed added.
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