The recently released Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania ended relatively happily for its heroes, a move that writer Jeff Loveness said wasn’t always in the cards for the film.
For those unaware, the end of Quantumania essentially sees all of the main protagonists of the film making it out of the Quantum Realm, having seemingly defeated Kang after he is sucked into a shrinking power core. The film comes to a close with Scott Lang and his family happy, but with Lang now concerned about the threat that Kang warned him about.
Speaking to Variety about the film, screenwriter Jeff Loveness revealed that, despite the generally happy tone of the film, there were discussions centering around a much bleaker version. According to Loveness, one particular ending could have seen Lang and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) stuck in the Quantum Realm. Ultimately, Loveness didn’t feel like it would have been satisfying for fans.
“It was certainly discussed,” said Loveness. “I don’t know if I’m allowed to discuss that. As we got close to production, we certainly went through every beat of that and thought of which ways to go. [Staying behind] to me feels a little repetitive. I don’t know if that would have been satisfying. That feels a little reductive to the second movie, like oh, they’re just trapped again and they’ll get out in the next Endgame or something. It would have not been as good if we repeated the beats of the second movie.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is now playing in theaters, and kicks off Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.