Spider-Man actor Tom Holland may have accidentally confirmed a fan theory for 'Avengers 4'

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

  • Spider-Man actor Tom Holland may have revealed plot details about “Avengers 4” in an old interview that would confirm a popular fan theory.
  • Holland said that his co-star and Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch had to talk about the “Quantum Realm” a lot.
  • At the end of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Ant-Man is trapped in the realm. Before entering, Wasp tells him to not get trapped in a time vortex.
  • Many have theorised that time travel will play a big role in “Avengers 4” and that the Quantum Realm will be involved in that.
  • “Ant-Man and the Wasp” director Peyton Reed also said that the scene was influenced by events that happen in “Avengers 4.”

Spider-Man actor Tom Holland is notorious for spoiling things, and he may have accidentally revealed some key plot details about next year’s “Avengers 4” before “Avengers: Infinity War” was even released.

In an old Access Hollywood interview with Holland and “Infinity War” co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, Holland brings up the Quantum Realm. The interview happened during the “Infinity War” press tour, but has been brought back into the spotlight thanks to the Emergency Awesome YouTube channel because of the Quantum Realm’s significance in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and, presumably, “Avengers 4.”

“He has the most difficult lines though,” Holland said about Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Strange. “He has to talk about so much Quantum Realm stuff. I just have to talk about, ‘Yeah, man, that’s awesome!’ So mine is easy, but his is so difficult!”

Since the Quantum Realm isn’t a topic in “Infinity War,” and Holland had filmed scenes for “Avengers 4” at the time of the interview, this may confirm a fan theory about “Avengers 4” that is related to the end of “Infinity War” and the end-credits scene of “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” At the end of “Infinity War,” Thanos succeeds in wiping out half of humanity and many of the heroes, including Spider-Man and Strange, vanish into dust.

In the “Ant-Man and the Wasp” end-credits scene, Ant-Man goes into the Quantum Realm to retrieve quantum particles. While there, his companions on the outside – Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne, and Hope Van Dyne (The Wasp) – vanish, leaving Ant-Man trapped in the realm.

Fans have theorised that the Quantum Realm will play a large role in reversing the effects of the Thanos snap. Before Ant-Man enters it, Hope warns that if he gets trapped in a time vortex, they won’t be able to save him. Many have theorised that stopping Thanos and bringing back the vanished in “Avengers 4” will have to involve time travel.

The theory seems more plausible given what “Ant-Man and the Wasp” director Peyton Reed has said about the end-credits scene.

“We went through all these different permutations and it so happened that Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were writing ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers 4,’ so there were a couple of key things that we knew were probably going to happen in those movies which led to us being able to tee it up correctly in ours,” Reed told Business Insider.

So the events of “Avengers 4” influenced the making of that scene. The Quantum Realm is even more significant in that context.

Holland’s comments about the Quantum Realm in regards to Doctor Strange make that theory even more possible. Doctor Strange seems to have a grand plan in “Infinity War,” even though he vanishes. Before getting “snapped,” Strange views millions of different possible outcomes for the battle with Thanos, and in only one do the Avengers prevail. Strange decides to give up the Time Stone to Thanos after this, and says it “was the only way.”

We’ll have to wait until next year to see if this all plays out how fans are guessing, but in the meantime, maybe Holland will strike again.

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