After Avengers: Infinity War ripped out our hearts and left an infinity gauntlet-sized hole in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man and the Wasp serves as a much needed palette cleanser. At it's core, the sequel is pure fun, and that extends to the Easter eggs in Ant-Man and the Wasp. MCU Easter eggs abound in virtually every film in the greater Marvel canon, and Ant-Man and the Wasp is no exception.
It's actually a little easier to spot the hidden jokes and references since there's no need to emotionally brace yourself for a galactic calamity. But even with all the extra brainpower audiences can spend looking for Easter eggs, it's unlikely that audiences noticed everything on the first viewing, so it's worth a look into what you didn't notice in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Young Bill Foster Was Played By Laurence Fishburne's Son
Like the flashback scene in the first Ant-Man and the hologram version of young Tony Stark in Civil War, Marvel Studios shows off some unbelievable de-aging techniques to show younger versions of Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, and Laurence Fishburne in Ant-Man and the Wasp. While the faces are digitally created to look like the stars from decades ago, the bodies are played by younger actors. In Laurence Fishburne's case, his body double was an even more apt match. The younger version of Bill Foster is played by Langston Fishburne, Laurence's son.Did you miss this?
Cassie Lang Is Going To Fill Some Big Shoes
There's a sweet moment in Ant-Man and the Wasp where Scott's daughter, Cassie, tells Scott he needs a partner. Scott immediately thinks of Hope, but Cassie meant herself. For comic book fans, this makes perfect sense.
In the books, a teenaged Cassie Lang followed in her father's footsteps to become the superhero Stature. And although Cassie seems to give up on the idea of partnering up with her father in Ant-Man, there's been a great deal of speculation that her character will have a significant role in the next Avengers movie. It might turn out that Cassie's suggestion is more than a throwaway joke.Did you miss this?
In a franchise that uses several, human-sized ants, it seems like a Them! reference or two would be inevitable. Them! is a black-and-white science fiction movie released in 1954 about an attack from over-sized ants. Not only are Cassie, Hope, and Scott seen watching the film at the end of the film, Bill Foster even makes a reference to the film. After Foster and Ghost steal the lab and prepare to activate the quantum tunnel, the machine starts malfunctioning. Foster then notices several ants crawling around, unplugging things and yells, "It's them!" In any other instance that'd just be a normal, basic line, but in this film, it feels like something of an homage to the notorious B-movie.Did you miss this?
Agent Jimmy Woo Could Start Another Super Team
After the events of Civil War, Scott Lang lives under house arrest monitored by FBI agent Jimmy Woo, played by Randall Park. Agent Woo has a comic book backstory that could potentially lead to a spinoff like the original MCU linchpin Agent Coulson. Created in the 1950s, agent Jimmy Woo was one of the first Asian comic book heroes and was gradually folded into the universe of Nick Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D. during the '70s. In the '00s, writer Jeff Parker brought back Woo as the leader of his Agents of Atlas ongoing series, pairing him with an eclectic group of heroes including Gorilla Man, Namora, and the robot M-11. The offbeat series had a cult following and could serve as an inspiration for Marvel's post-Infinity War plans. Hey, hardly anybody knew who Star-Lord was before Guardians of the Galaxy.Did you miss this?