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.
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.
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.
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.
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.