Discover the secrets of “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, adventure of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some visible to those with a keen eye, others reserved only to fans of the comics. Let’s go !
Ant-Man and the Wasp are back for an adventure combining gigantism and microverse. Scott, fresh out of the events of Captain America: Civil War is put to the test, as is the fan searching for all the details and secrets hidden in the film. Discover them now!
Repeat after me
When Luis repeats “I’m the Boss, I’m the Boss, I’m the Boss” (“I’m the best, I’m the best, I’m the best”), it echoes the scene from the airport Civil war in which Scott repeats the same thing to himself, to convince himself of it.
Scott plays the drums
In a scene from Captain America: Civil War, we could see that in prison, Scott was tapping his legs in rhythm. During his solo stay in the house, he can be seen playing the drums, so that’s consistent from movie to movie.
With a snap of a finger!
This magician from whom Scott learns magic does indeed exist, it is Michael Carbonaro (the website does not exist / no longer exists). In his class, he uses the phrase “finger snaps” which obviously refers to Thanos’ terrible repercussion finger snap at the end of Infinity War.
Scott watches the cult American comedy American College (1978), a film that revealed John Belushi’s talent to the general public, a comedian then working at the Saturday Night Live. The replica that is heard then is related to the size of the atom, a reference to the fact that in Ant-Man, Scott is brought to pass to the sub-atomic level.
Reference to Jurassic Park
The pigeon eye that scares Scott in a miniaturized car is a reference to the same plane in Jurassic Park with the eye of the T-Rex.
Scott in bathrobe
Scott spends a good part of the first third of the film in a bathrobe, an explicit reference to the character of Big Lebowski, who spends his life in a bathrobe in what has become a cult comedy of the 90s. We also see Scott playing (very badly) at bowling.
Second reference to Jurassic Park
When Janet (in Scott’s body) tells Hope that she is a “Clever Girl”, it is another reference to “Jurassic Park”, and more specifically to the point when the hunter Muldoon attempts to trap a raptor.
As they try to infiltrate the university incognito, Scott tells Hope and Hank that their only disguise is a cap and glasses, they can be easily recognized. A reference to the Captain America scene, the Winter Soldier, in which Steve Rogers tries to travel discreetly by simply wearing a cap and glasses.
To the blackboard
Behind Doctor Foster (Laurence Fishburne) is inscribed on the table “Matrix”, a nod to the SF saga of the Wachowski.
The Goliath Project
Doctor Foster talks about the Goliath Project. In the comics, William Foster is the superhero known as “the Black Goliath”, who can increase his size and mass. In the first feature film Iron Man, a cut scene sees Tony Stark referencing the “Goliath Project”. Ant-Man 2 therefore makes a reference to this film, released ten years earlier.
Hope mentions the possible use of a “quantum spectrometer” tracker, a device already used in the first Avengers by Bruce Banner to track down the Tesseract.
Catherine’s father is called Elihas Starr (played by Michael Cerveris), he is a character straight from the comics where he is better known under the name of Tête-d’œuf, or “Egghead” in English. .
This is Cassie Lang’s third appearance after Ant-Man, Civil war and before Avengers: Endgame. In the comics, under the pseudonym Stature, she is part of the Young Avengers, and can increase or decrease in size at will. Her powers get out of hand when she is angry, however.
The guide of the guided tour is none other than Tim Heidecker, American humorist known for his duo Tim & Eric, formed with Eric Wareheim. Together, they shot a feature film titled, Tim and Eric, The Billion-Worth Movie (2012) as well as a number of short films and series.
Wink to Bullitt
The car chase in the streets of San Francisco is irremediably reminiscent of that of the film Bullitt (1968) with Steve McQueen, which takes place in the same city.
The return of the tardigrade
If you’ve ever read our article on Ant-Man’s Hidden Details, you’re familiar with these creatures. We could indeed see a tardigrade from the first film, during a scene located in the quantum realm.
During a fleeting general plan of the quantum realm, we can distinguish a city. Would some people inhabit the microvers? Doubt is allowed.
Television dubbed the giant version of Ant-Man as “Giant-Man,” the official name for this alternate form in the comics.
A cinephile family
In the last shot, Scott, Hope, and Cassie watch Monsters Attack Town (1955), in which giant monsters take over the world.
Lost in the microverse
During the mid-credit scene, Scott remains a prisoner in the Quantum Realm and the viewer finds that Hope, Hank, and Janet have been missing. They fell victim to the snap of the finger of the supervillain Thanos, who killed half of the universe in Avengers: Infinity War, released a few months before Ant-Man and the Wasp. For the resolution of this intrigue, see Avengers: Endgame.
Bonus: Stan Lee’s cameo
Stan Lee sees his car being reduced in front of his eyes and suggests that the drugs he experimented with in the 1960s are playing tricks on him. This is the traditional cameo from the co-creator of many of the Marvel superheroes.