Should the Disney acquisition of 21st Century Fox‘s assets become reality — something that appears more likely every day — it will be good news for Marvel fans. The deal will bring the film rights for the X-Men to Marvel Studios and open the door for the characters to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has remained vague on plans for the X-Men — after all, he’s still waiting for the phone call to “say yay or nay” to his access to the characters — the latest installment of the MCU, Ant-Man and the Wasp, may have very have created the foundation for X-Men characters to make their introduction to the universe.
Warning: SPOILERS for Ant-Man and the Wasp beyond this point.
In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) realize that Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) may still be alive and well albeit stranded in the Quantum Realm. Their belief is confirmed when Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) gets what turns out to be a message from Janet via quantum entanglement stemming from Scott’s brief visit to the Quantum Realm in 2015’s Ant-Man. Ultimately, despite interference from the film’s antagonist Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) and others, Janet is successfully located and rescued.
It’s a happy ending of sorts if you ignore how the events of Avengers: Infinity War impacts the characters, but what’s of interest isn’t that Janet is saved but how the Quantum Realm has impacted her. Her time spent sub-atomic has left her different than she once was. As the original Wasp explains to Hank after he finds her, the Quantum Realm changes people in every possible way.
“It changes you,” Janet tells Hank. “Adaptation is part of it, but it’s more…evolution.”
That “evolution” gave Janet some impressive new powers — including a possible form of quantum telepathy, the ability to use her quantum energy to stabilize others, and potentially so much more — and also opened the doors to explain the wide range of…
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