Ant-Man was the film that closed Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Two and Peyton Reed’s movie is an extremely underrated film considering it expanded Marvel’s scientific side of storytelling. The film had everything packed together; we saw Pym Particles, got the very first look at the Quantum Realm, and even the two of the OG Avengers from the team’s very first comic book appearance way back in 1963.
Apart from all these things, there are many details in the movie which are so subtle that they are often overlooked. How many had you noticed?
1. There was a picture of the soda company that “Bruce Banner” once worked at and even Stan Lee appeared on the poster next to Scott Lang.
2. There was a scene where Falcon’s scanner was set to zoom by default due to his tendency to fly at higher altitudes. This is exactly why and how he was able to spot Ant-Man when he was right in front of him!
3. In one scene, Darren Cross referred to some old stories of the Ant-Man as “Tales to astonish!” That was a subtle dig at the character as the Ant-Man originally appeared in “Tales to Astonish” #27, in January 1962
4. At the beginning of the movie when Scott was working for Baskin – Robbins, his name tag read as “Jack” and he asked “Darby” to ‘take over for this idiot’. Jack and Darby are the names of Paul Rudd’s kids!
5. That moment when Scott shrunk in his suit for the first time, there was a plug, in the scene which was labeled as “1.5 inches” to give a sense of scale to Scott’s new size by Marvel.
6. At the very beginning of the movie, Luis told Scott that he was the only one to ever knock out Peacy in their ritual of “goodbye ceremony”; much later we saw Luis fight four men knocking them all out with a single punch to the face. He was the only film to do this… which is very impressive
7. Scott Lang’s address of his ‘halfway house’ #420 was literally half of his family’s house #840!!
8. Luis was whistling “It’s A Small World” as he was walking into Pym’s Labs secure area!
9. There was actually a shot of the symbol Thor left in the grass when he returned to Asgard at the end of the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” which was also seen when Scott visited the Avengers campus!
10. The front page of the newspaper “San Francisco Chronicle” featured an article on Sokovia from the events of “Age of Ultron”
11. When Scott was going subatomic through the Quantum Realm, it turned out that Janet Van Dyne was foreshadowed for Ant-Man 2 as not being dead… But stuck in the Quantum Realm herself.