Ant-Man and The Wasp is going to dive in and explore the Quantum Realm and it is the most interesting aspect of the movie for me. One of the main aspects of the story will involve the team rescuing Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm where she has been stuck for years. Janet Van Dyne is the wife of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and mother of Hope (Evangeline Lilly).
You have a taste of Quantum Realm in the first film, which Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) was narrowly able to escape from. Now that they are going to be spending more time there, the creative team had to figure out what exactly the Quantum Realm would be and how it would look. During a set visit for the film, director Peyton Reed explained:
“When we started talking about the Quantum Realm, it’s problematic in terms of the fact that it’s essentially infinite. It can be whatever you want it to be, and so we needed to decide what the Quantum Realm wants to be for our story, and then what it is in sort of the larger sense of things. I knew one thing, there had to be a device with which they enter the Quantum Realm. In the first movie, Scott goes down, he adjusts the regulator and goes down just freefall. Here it needed to be bigger. It needed to be something that was not a game time decision and not accidental, but something very, very constructed and purposeful.”
One of the things that they ended up coming up with to travel into the Quantum Realm was a specially-designed pod from Dr. Hank Pym’s lab. This pod will be the best way that the team will be able to get controlled access to an alternate reality.
The director went on and talked about the value of the practical effects features of the film and they ended up making a full-size version of this pod!
“The pod that they go down in, that was another thing that felt… if I’m a kid, I want to play with this thing. It’s got to be functional, and you look at this thing and you’ll be able to sort of scrutinize it down there, but you really see this is a… it really feels like, ‘Oh, okay, I could get in that thing and head down there.’ So the, the tactile quality was really important.”
It would have been so cool to play around in this thing! I just can’t wait to see the adventure that awaits Hope Van Dyne in the Quantum Realm when she goes in to save her mom! It’s explained that Ant-Man and The Wasp are going to be on separate missions in this film:
“It’s not Ant-Man With The Wasp, it’s Ant-Man and The Wasp. It’s important to tell those stories separately, and invest in each of the characters’ journey and arc in the movie. One of the big things about this is what’s going on with Hope… The mission that is happening with her, entirely separate of Scott, is vital and it’s her mission. It’s not her dad’s mission. It’s her mission. Hank and Hope are working together, but it’s really Hope leading the charge, and that was an important thing when we started talking about what was going on, is the what and why of this mission.”
Ant-Man and The Wasp will hit theaters on July 6th.