We here at Movie Geeks HQ, have been predicting Spider-Man’s involvement in Ant-Man for a long time now. I for one, have been saying Marvel will use Spidey to build an audience for the relatively unknown Ant-Man. Well it looks like I was wrong, but also a little bit right…
Initial reactions to Ant-Man started to filter out yesterday on Twitter, and they were largely very positive. I guess this is what will build Ant-Man’s audience, positive word of mouth. I’m sorry I doubted it, and I’m kicking myself for thinking Marvel would use Spidey this way. Even yesterday, as word was spreading about Ant-Man and it’s post credits scenes, I was thinking “Spider-Man!"
Well now we know what happens in both credits scenes, don’t worry I won’t spoil them here, I’m going to place them at the bottom of the post so you can avoid them if you want, suffice to say: I was way off in my end credits predictions.
In a way we were kind of right about Spider-Man’s involvement in Ant-Man. At least if this tweet from John Boone is to be believed:
Major spoilers for Ant-Man follow. Please jump out now if you’re even slightly concerned.
So Spidey isn’t in the post credits scene for Ant-Man. We were wrong, in fact, I’m quite impressed with how focused these post credits stings are.
Needless to say, we have yet to see Ant-Man so this report is based on word from Heroic Hollywood, but I’m confident those guys are well informed.
Mid Credits Scene
Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) gives the WASP costume with wings to Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). Hank explains to Hope what happened to Hope’s mother Janet Van Dyne.
We have been hearing that The Wasp would feature in the film, largely in a flashback. Initial thoughts are that (Pym’s wife) Janet Van Dyne is lost in the microverse and this is the reason Hank Pym mothballs the Ant-Man project years prior. Hopefully this will have made it into the feature. Early reports were that Janet Van Dyne would be a lady in a suit, the only thing we’d see is a close up of her eye. Clearly this is so the casting could be addressed later when Marvel decide what to do with the character. I’m thinking she may feature in a future TV project set somewhere between Agent Carter and the present. How cool would a ‘60s set TV show be? I’d be up for that!
End Credits Scene
Here’s the scene that ties Ant-Man to Civil War:
The scene has Captain America, The Falcon, and The Winter Soldier. Cap and Falcon have located The Winter Soldier to a remote location where The Winter Soldier is tied up.
Falcon asks Cap "Should I call Stark?”
Cap replies “No.”
Falcon replies "I know who to call.“ Implying Ant-Man.
In case you didn’t know, Falcon is in Ant-Man in a few key scenes.
So Falcon and Cap have been chasing down The Winter Soldier "off screen”. I guess, contractually Marvel are running out of time to tie up loose ends like this in a stand alone feature, especially with Infinity War fast approaching. I’m also glad, locating The Winter Soldier won’t eat up Civil War Screen time.
Speculation time: who has The Winter Soldier? Is it just Cap and Falcon on the mission, or were The Avengers assembled? What part does The Winter Soldier play in the events of Civil War? Have your say in the comments below.
Thanks for reading,