“Ant-Man 2,” “Guardians 3” MCU Timeline Talk

With the events of “Avengers: Infinity War” still fresh on people’s minds, there’s the obvious question as to how upcoming films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will handle the fallout of that film.

That movie ended with numerous character deaths, including the key stars of various standalone series. While it’s expected the return of many key characters will form an integral part of the narrative of the next “Avengers,” we have two films opening before that and several shortly after.

The two before that apparently get around the problem by being set in periods before the third film – “Captain Marvel” is set in the 1990s, while “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is set between the events of “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War”. The ones after though, such as “Spider-Man Homecoming 2” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” it hasn’t been made clear to date.

In recently published set reports, “Ant-Man” director Peyton Reed cleared up the timeline a little when asked to explain how the sequel ties in (if at all) with ‘Infinity War’. The new 118 minute film starts with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) on house arrest following the deal he took after being arrested for teaming up with Steve Rogers, and Reed tells Slashfilm:

“We definitely had to deal with the ramifications post-Civil War. That was crucial to Scott [Lang] and crucial to Hope [van Dyne]. I mean, it really is fundamental in the jumping-off point about what’s going on between the two of them at the start of this movie. Outside of that, what I’m really happy about is we’re free to tell sort of our freestanding story.”

Once we establish that as the leaping-off point, this thing is going on over here with huge personal stakes and huge other stakes that are really separate of what’s going on with Infinity War. So that is something that was really, really appealing to me. We have enough stuff to track in this movie without having to keep abreast of what’s going on in that.”

There have been rumors the film will include a reveal of the fourth “Avengers” film title with a credit saying: “The Wasp and The Ant-Man will return in…” and include said title. There’s also a rumored post-credits scene description (not yet confirmed) which suggests we’ll see what happens to Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) at the time of the ‘finger snap’.

Then there’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” with the film’s director James Gunn confirming the other day on Twitter that the new film will definitely be set after the events of ‘Infinity War,’ shooting down talk of that movie possibly being a prequel.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” hits cinemas on July 6th 2018. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is scheduled for 2020.