In Ant-Man and the Wasp, the Quantum Realm is a smaller universe tucked away inside the big universe. It is another place Marvel can go to find new adventures, heroes, and villains. The subatomic universe is also one of the reasons Evangeline Lilly, who plays the titular Wasp, joined the cast.
THE FUTURE OF THE QUANTUM REALM
The Quantum Realm has now appeared in Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Doctor Strange. At a press conference for Ant-Man and the Wasp, producer Kevin Feige said, “Without giving anything away, we love these, they’re all story telling tools, new places, new things. In the first film, it was, we got a glimpse of it. And for people who like to go through frame by frame, there’s a silhouette of Janet as the Wasp in there. Which is a big story element in this movie. There are things that you see back there, that Peyton has put in there. Where and how they pay off, in the near term, in the long term, remains to be scene.”
EXPLAINING QUANTUM PHYSICS
At the same press conference, the cast was asked who could best explain quantum physics and the Quantum Realm. Evangeline Lilly gleefully responded, “Oh, Michael’s the guy.” Michael Douglas, who plays Doctor Hank Pym, looked up with a confused, “What happened?” and the audience’s laughter. He went on to explain, “I would have to read the script again (LAUGHTER). For the definition of the Quantum Realm. I know we get very, very small (LAUGHTER). Subatomic.”
Then Evangeline modestly spoke up, “I actually can answer that question. Cause I really love quantum physics and always did before this happened. And that’s one of the reasons I was excited about this brand. Because I really dig quantum physics.”
EVANGELINE REALLY, REALLY LIKES QUANTUM PHYSICS
Evangeline got even more excited about the subject. “And you know at one point we thought the atom was be all end all. That everything ended at the atom. That was the smallest nucleus in the world. But actually, we discovered that the atom isn’t the limit. And that atoms exist in multiple phases at the same time. And that was scientifically proven. And once you discover that, then you know that matter is kinetic. And matter is displacing all the time. And if it can be displaced, it can be warped (audience ooh’s appreciatively).”
She continued, even while running out of breath. “And so, if you can warp it, then you can size. You can warp of matter. And also, can you warp time? Can you warp reality? Can you warp the universe?” Director Peyton Reed then cut in with, “What if the way you see blue, is the way I see red?” Evangeline exclaimed, “Oh, dude! Duuude! Whoa!”
To see more of Evangeline Lilly’s love of quantum physics, see Ant-Man and the Wasp, hitting theaters July 6, 2018.