As we approach the release of Avengers: Endgame, a lot of people are doing their now-traditional MCU rewatch marathon. While I personally prefer to do it in release order, there are a lot of people who want to do it in chronological order. The problem is, a lot of the chronological guides you see being shared on social media are horribly wrong when it comes down to the placement of Ant-Man and The Wasp.
Perhaps it’s just due to people not actually watching the movie, but I’ve seen Ant-Man and The Wasp all over the place in these chronological lists. Sometimes it’s right after the first Ant-Man, others it’s before Doctor Strange. When it should be right next to Avengers: Infinity War.
The last Avengers movie, taken with Ant-Man and The Wasp, pretty clearly explains when it’s set.
- In Avengers: Infinity War, Natasha explains the absence of both Clint and Scott by saying they took deals after Civil War to be with their families.
- Avengers: Infinity War is set two years after Civil War, and six after the original Avengers. Tony tells Doctor Strange that Thanos has been in his head for six years. That puts it in 2018.
- At the beginning of Ant-Man and The Wasp, Scott Lang is still on house arrest (the deal Natasha explained in Infinity War). He’s coming to the end of his two year sentence in the movie. Two years of house arrest after Civil War places Ant-Man and The Wasp in 2018, and the timing of his sentence ending means it’s right before the events of Infinity War. Likely a few days or a week or two.
- Ant-Man and The Wasp ends with Scott Lang becoming trapped in the Quantum Realm due to the Snap, which will allow him to learn how the Quantum Realm works. This is going to be extremely important to the events of Avengers: Endgame.
If you’re being 100% chronological, watch Ant-Man and The Wasp right before the mid-credits scene of Thor Ragnarok (where Thanos encounters the Asgardian ship), but stop before the mid-credits scene of Ant-Man and The Wasp. Then watch that scene right after Avengers: Infinity War.