‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Timeline: Here’s When the Movie Is Set

Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Hope van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly)

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Ant-Man and the Wasp is Marvel Studios’ first movie since Avengers: Infinity War‘s massive cliffhanger, and so it’s reasonable to expect it to deal with the fallout of that ending in some way. However, while the film’s trailers have suggested that it takes place before Infinity War, the marketing has been pretty vague on an exact timeline. So when, exactly, is Ant-Man and the Wasp supposed to be set?

Well, early on in the film, we find out that it’s set two years after the events of Captain America: Civil WarWe know this because Scott Lang is under house arrest after aiding the Avengers in that film. In the opening minutes of Ant-Man and the Wasp, a character states that Scott was sentenced to two years of house arrest, and he’s just three days away from the end of that sentence.

Captain America: Civil War is supposed to take place in 2016, and so that places Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018 (although a title card at one point in the movie simply says “present day” rather than giving a specific month).

Avengers: Infinity War is also supposed to be set in 2018. We know this not only because the films are usually set during the same year that they come out, but also because Tony Stark at one point references the events of The Avengers, which took place in 2012, as happening six years ago.

So Ant-Man and the Wasp is set pretty soon before Infinity War. After all, Scott only has three days left under house arrest in this movie, and in Infinity War, the house arrest is the reason he’s not getting in on the action. Some of the events of this movie also appear to overlap with Infinity War.

Thanos holds up an Infinity Gauntlet with two Infinity Stones

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On the one hand, the decision to follow up the biggest cliffhanger in the series’ history with a film that jumps back in time and doesn’t resolve it at all might strike some as an odd choice. But it was also the only real way to make an Ant-Man sequel following Infinity War since the destruction unleashed in that film was so massive that there would be no way for Scott Lang and the gang to go on a smaller-scale adventure after it happened.

Indeed, Ant-Man and the Wasp ends up serving as a sort of palate cleanser following Infinity War. It’s much lighter and more fun, with significantly lower stakes and more of a feel-good tone. Ant-Man, of course, wasn’t in Infinity War, and this movie explains why. In addition to the fact that he’s under house arrest, he’s specifically forbidden from making contact with the Avengers who violated the Sokovia Accords. Scott takes this threat from the FBI seriously, not willing to risk going back to prison and having to leave his daughter.

So does the movie connect with Avengers: Infinity War? Do the events of that film go acknowledged? Without getting into spoilers, let’s just say that there’s certainly a reason Marvel wanted to release this movie when it did. Don’t go into the film specifically looking for Infinity War answers, though, or you’ll likely be disappointed.

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