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In Avengers: Infinity War, Dr. Strange travels in time mentally to explore multiple outcomes, and only sees one positive outcome out of millions.

In the same film, Thanos' plan is to eradicate 50% of the universe's population and he carries on with it.

At the very end of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ant-Man goes into the Quantum realm for an experiment. While Ant-Man is in this reality, "a reality where all concepts of time and space become irrelevant", Thanos executes his plan, and 50% of the Universe's population disappears - including some friends of Ant-Man leading the experiment.

Is it possible that Ant-Man being in the Quantum realm at this moment could mean that Dr. Strange couldn't perceive that he had survived in his mental evaluation of future outcomes - and therefore couldn't explore possible futures involving Ant-Man? Is it possible also that Ant-Man was spared because he was in the Quantum realm at that time, a reality that Thanos might not be able to impact even with the Infinity Stones?

closed as primarily opinion-based by Paulie_D, Dave, Meat Trademark, A J, Vishwa Jul 16 '18 at 6:14

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    Oohh! This gonna be interesting if kept open... – Vishwa Jul 13 '18 at 8:52
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    Unfortunately, it won't. It's clearly opinion-based. I suspect it might feed into Avengers 4 but this won't be revealed for some time. – Paulie_D Jul 13 '18 at 9:26
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    @Paulie_D nothing opinion-based in my question, since the characters of Ant-Man, Thanos and Dr Strange have been explored in hundreds of storylines and so many comics I have not read for the past 50 years, I'm assuming the "rules" have been set a long time ago. I'm just asking people who have read these comics if they can weigh in with quotes of the works, not asking happy speculators what they think. Also, nothing wrong with leaving the question until it gets answered more or less officially (I didn't flag to close the ones asking "when does ant man take place") – MicroMachine Jul 13 '18 at 18:14
  • @MicroMachine It's still opinion based, because we have no information on how the infinity stones interact with the Quantum Realm in the MCU (Earth-199999). The best answer we can give is speculation based on what the stones have been observed to do, and how we've seen the quantum realm to function. If you want to open the question to answers that lie outside of the MCU, such as those seen in the main comic continuity (Earth-616) or the Ultimates universe (Earth-1610), then you may want to exclude the MCU tag. – AAlig Jul 13 '18 at 18:43
  • I didn't realize MCU was different than Marvel comics, and also they're linked right? Also how can it be an opinion if they already shot the second part of Avengers infinity Wars, and they're gonna release it pretty soon (in less than a year)? It's only a matter of weeks now before we have a trailer. Like I said, I don't downvote questions people ask about a movie that I've seen that has not been released where they live. And like you said maybe there are hints and clues all over the place in these films I didn't catch. – MicroMachine Jul 13 '18 at 18:47
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We can't know for certain.

Disclaimers:

  1. There is nothing to suggest that the Quantum Realm shown in Ant-Man and Wasp behaves like it's comic book counterpart, the microverse.
  2. Current comic continuity has not (to the best of my knowledge) touched on how the Soul Gems (Comic equivalent to Infinity Stones in the MCU) interact with the Microverse.
  3. The MCU has shown no evidence for the Quantum Realm being affected or unaffected by the infinity stones.

I will try to answer the questions above as logically as possible, but be forewarned that this is all speculation, as no hard information on the topic is available.

Is it possible that Ant-Man being in the Quantum realm at this moment could mean that Dr. Strange couldn't perceive that he had survived in his mental evaluation of future outcomes - and therefore couldn't explore possible futures involving Ant-Man?

Dr. Strange is not "theorizing" or running a simulation of what will happen. He is using the Time Stone to view ~all~ Fourteen million, six hundred and five of the possible timelines:

I went forward in time. To view alternate futures. To see all the possible outcomes of the coming conflict.

Because he was actually traveling through time, he was not perceiving whether he survived or did not. It is possible that he was temporarily unaware that Lang survived, due to Lang being unreachable, but he saw all the futures that could happen, including those that have Lang joining the fight (assuming he does join the fight in any of the alternate futures).

Is it possible also that Ant-Man was spared because he was in the Quantum realm at that time, a reality that Thanos might not be able to impact even with the Infinity Stones?

I see nothing to indicate that the quantum realm would be beyond Thanos' power to impact, except for this quote by Hank Pym:

...a reality where all concepts of time and space become irrelevant as you shrink for all eternity

However, we've already seen an MCU example of the Infinity Stones (specifically the Time Stone) functioning in a "reality without the concept of time and space" when Strange created a time loop within Dormamu's realm. If the Time stone can still affect a realm beyond time and beyond space, we have no evidence to assume that the other stones would be unable to affect it.

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    @MicroMachine Thanks, I tried to keep this answer as MCU-centric as possible. The guys over at Scifi&Fantasy may have a better answer in terms of how the interaction between them would work out in the comic continuity, if you wanted to ask there. I'm a pretty avid fan/reader, but they put me to shame. – AAlig Jul 13 '18 at 19:41
  • "Fourteen million, six hundred and five" seems small when talking about all possible timelines – MilkyWay90 Apr 27 at 3:14

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