​After the tragedy that ensued during Avengers: Infinity War, we were thankful for the comic relief of Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was released after Infinity War, but took place earlier. Though the question on most of our minds is... ​how much earlier?

The ​mid-credits scene did tie the two films together, but Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed shared that the timeline was “deliberately” vague. We do know Scott Lang has been under house arrest for about two years, following the events of Captain America: Civil War.

“I mean, the whole movie really takes place over a three-day period, his last three days of house arrest," Reed told Empire Film Podcast. "In terms of how long before the Thanos event those three days were, it’s undetermined."


At the end of the film, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) reunites with the long-lost Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and the two retreat to their relocated beach home. In the mid-credits scene, they come back to San Francisco for a Quantum Realm experiment where Thanos' snap comes into play.

“I mean, we have to assume that Hank and Janet spent a little time in their seaside house, wherever on this remote island, and came back and got to work on this Quantum experiment,” Reed said. “So, you know, it is undetermined, but it’s not that long a period of time, because we really do play our characters [where] they are sort of in their bubble doing their thing and really unaware of all the events that are happening.”

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“It’s such a giant, dramatic swing, that you had to be careful where you placed it in the movie,” he continued. “We knew we didn’t want the movie proper to end with that, because it was just too [dejecting] — I mean, it’s still a downer anyway you slice it, but we didn’t want it to be in the body, and to me there is a difference there.”

Ant-Man will return in Avengers 4, which hits theaters on (​or before) May 3, 2019.