The films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe all either have a mid-credits scene, a post-credits scene, or sometimes both. This is a way for it to be connected to whatever is coming next, and it’s fun to intertwine all the movies in the MCU. Well, Ant-Man was just released domestically on Thursday night, and the mid- and post-credits scenes are known and explained.
Please be known that there are and will be spoilers for Ant-Man after this paragraph. If you haven’t seen the film yet and don’t want to know what will happen before you do, then stop reading now.
First, there is the mid-credits scene that is truly exciting.
What happens: Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) shows his daughter, Hope, a hidden room. Upon the opening of the doors, there is a costume that is similar to that of his deceased wife, Janet, and true comic book fans know it is The Wasp suit.
Pym speaks to Hope seriously and tells her, “We were working on it… for you.”
Why it’s important: Wasp was actually rumored to show up in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that never happened. By going with the second version of Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Marvel bypassed a huge and important part of Pym’s storyline.
In the comic books, Wasp was a founding member of the Avengers and gave the team its name. Janet Van Dyne was always incredibly important and a voice of reason for the team. In the comics, Hope Pym (not Van Dyne) is actually a supervillain living in an alternate universe, but Marvel is going a new route with her in the MCU, and that’s just fine.
There is another scene after we see the Wasp costume for Hope, and it is actually the post-credits scene. This one is also a bit of a biggie.
What happens: Falcon (Anthony Mackie) was revealed to be in Ant-Man as of a trailer from a couple weeks ago. Well, Falcon shows back up, and he’s with none other than Captain America (Chris Evans). They end up finding a trapped Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in an undisclosed location.
Falcon asks, “Should I call Stark?” Captain America merely says, “No,” and the leads Falcon to simply say, “I know a guy.”
This is an implication that Ant-Man will be showing up again and can help get Winter Soldier out of his restraints. Falcon and Ant-Man fight earlier in the movie at the new Avengers Headquarters.
Why it’s important: While it may not reveal a whole lot and isn’t as exciting as the reveal of the Wasp suit, it’s still cool. This officially gets Ant-Man into the fold of the entire MCU and aligned with the Avengers.
It also leads into Ant-Man’s (Paul Rudd) appearance in Captain America: Civil War. That tidbit was revealed a couple of months ago.
There you have the mid-credits scene and post credits scene for Marvel’s Ant-Man. This is one of those films that is very standalone and hard to incorporate into the full-on MCU, but Cap and Falcon showing up did that nicely to prep for the next one.
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