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.
Ghost Definitely Isn't HealedPhoto: Marvel Studios
When Janet puts her hands on Ghost near the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp, it would be easy to assume Ghost is fully healed. We don't exactly understand Janet's powers, but it appeared that she'd helped Ghost's cell repair themselves.
Whatever Janet did wasn't quite enough, though. During the mid-credits scene, they mention that Scott is about to search for "healing particles" to help Ghost. Clearly, she isn't fully healthy yet, which means she's probably still able to phase through walls and do other impossible feats if she returns for another film.Did you miss this?
Ghost's Father Is The Marvel Villain Egghead
While the comic book version of Ghost doesn't have a clear backstory, the movie version is given a suitably tragic origin that ties into Hank Pym's pride. Ghost is the daughter of Dr. Elihas Starr, a former colleague of Hank and Bill Foster who Hank kicked out of their project. Starr continued his research on his own, and his experiments lead to the death of him and his wife, as well as the tragically intangible state of his daughter. While the movie depiction is somewhat sympathetic, in the comics, Elihas Starr is one of Ant-Man's nemeses, Egghead, a disgraced scientist who was caught trying to sell his work on the black market. The bad doctor was played by Fringe and Gotham actor Michael Cerveris, so there could be room to bring Egghead back down the line.Did you miss this?
The Altoids Tin Is Hiding Something Curiously Strong, But Not Mints
There's a running joke throughout the film where Scott Lang frequently asks for some mints. Hank Pym has a small tin of Altoids mints, but he refuses to let Scott have any. Later in the movie, Bill Foster opens the tin only to realize it's full of soon-to-be life-sized ants that use their strength to save the heroes.
Weirdly enough, Altoids probably weren't an entirely random choice. Ant-Man's power is based on the inordinate strength of ants compared to their small size. The Altoid slogan references how the mints are "curiously strong," much like an ant, you might say.Did you miss this?
Stan Lee Did Create Ant-Man in the 1960s
As expected, Stan Lee makes a brief cameo in Ant-Man and the Wasp. His character attempts to open his car door, only to have it shrink out of his grasp and sight. In response, Lee exclaims something like, "The '60s were great, but now I'm paying for it." He's both referencing the rampant drug use of the '60s, and how he created the original Ant-Man comics back in the real '60s. A double reference.Did you miss this?