So Ant-Man’s finally in theatres. Although its mostly gotten positive reviews, Ant-Man has the second-lowest opening day for a Marvel film. What a bummer. However, many call it Marvel’s funniest film, with Michael Pena stealing the show. But to know more about that, click here.
With this film, Marvel’s series of Phase two movies comes to an end. So it has the task of setting up the Phase three movies such as Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, just like Avengers: Age of Ultron did. Fortunately, they’re plenty of easter eggs, a mid-credits and post-credits scene that get the job done. So without further ado, let’s have a detailed look at the important ones :
SPIDER-MAN’S WELCOME TO THE MCU?
One of the characters in Luis’ (Michael Pena) story mentions a superhero who can jump, swing and crawl on walls. Tom Holland was recently cast as the webslinger himself and is set to make a cameo in Captain America: Civil War. Even though Kevin Feige wrote this before Marvel’s deal with Sony, it nonetheless establishes Spider-Man’s presence in the MCU.
STAN LEE CAMEO
This is probably the easiest to spot. With Stan Lee making cameos for more than 25 years, even non comic-book fans recognise the legendary comic creator. Here, he appears as a bartender in the closing scene. It’s nice to see Ant-Man’s true creator getting a nod to appear in the film as well.
WHO’S TO BLAME FOR SOKOVIA?
When Scott lands up on a San Francisco cable car, he sees a passenger reading a newspaper with the headline “Who’s to blame for Sokovia?”. This is a clear reference to the climax of Avengers: Age of Ultron, where Ultron raises the city into the sky in an attempt to create a meteor effect. Though the lives of countless civilians was saved, the destruction left a lasting impact thereby enhancing the need for the government to take control of superheroes. (Yes, Civil War will be addressing this)
“TALES TO ASTONISH”
While Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) is showcasing classified footage of Hank Pym’s Ant-Man technology, he says that the stories of the tiny hero were written off, due to which they became “tales to astonish”. This is a reference to the Marvel comic series of the same name that was published from January 1959 to March 1968. It began as a science-fiction anthology to showcase artists such as Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby, but then started featuring superheroes during the period fans called the “Silver Age of Comic Books”. This series marked the debut of Hank Pym (Issue #27) and Wasp (Issue #44). It also showed Pym’s transformation into Ant-Man (Issue #35). Soon after, Tales to Astonish was turned into The Incredible Hulk (Issue #102).
THE TEN RINGS
The Ten Rings is a terrorist group in the Marvel Universe which was responsible for kidnapping Tony Stark in Iron Man, and is headed by the Mandarin. (Iron Man 3 ruined him completely. *sigh*) While Darren Cross is showcasing his Yellowjacket armour for potential buyers, we get a glimpse of a man who has the group’s logo tattooed on his neck.