Easter Eggs In 'Ant-Man & The Wasp' You Definitely Missed
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.
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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.
- Photo: Them! / Warner Bros.
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.
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Bill Foster May Have Had An Extra Wasp Helmet
This is a bit speculative, but when the team is imprisoned by Bill Foster at his house/lab, it appears that there are two black helmets sitting on a shelf behind Scott Lang. Although there's no reason to think twice about it at the time, the two helmets share remarkable similarities to the one worn by Janet when she's found in the quantum realm. What the connection might be is unclear, there's always a chance that something about the future films is being teased.
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Stan Lee Did Create Ant-Man in the 1960sPhoto: Spider-Man: Homecoming / Sony Pictures
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.
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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.
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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.