Ant-Man viral backstory

Ant-Man is a pretty unique Marvel movie in a lot of ways, but one of the ways it’s just like all the others are the end-credits sequences. Ant-Man has two, and both seem to have some pretty big implications for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But in following with the grand tradition of Marvel credits scenes, they might be more confusing than intriguing to those who aren’t so well versed in Marvel mythos. So after the jump, we’ll break down exactly what the Ant-Man credits scenes are, and what they mean.

As common sense would suggest, spoilers follow for Ant-Man

Ant-Man - Hope Scott and Hank

Ant-Man Credits Explained: Scene #1

What’s the Scene?

Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) ushers his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) into a secret chamber to reveal a never-before-seen suit. He reveals that he and her mother Janet were working on the suit before she perished, and that he’s finally realized they were making it for Hope. She smiles and responds, “It’s about damn time.”

What Does It Mean?

The first Ant-Man end credits sequence is a direct payoff to a subplot running through the entire movie. Throughout much of the first act, Hope resents Hank for choosing Scott over her to wear the Ant-Man suit — even though, as she repeatedly points out, she’s much more familiar with the technology, the target, and the mission than Scott is.

Eventually she realizes Hank’s refusal to let her become the Ant-Man is an act of love and self-preservation. He lost Janet on a mission where she was accompanying him as the Wasp (in her own Ant-Man-like uniform), and won’t risk losing his daughter as well. But his showing her the suit suggests he’s come around, and her smile indicates she’s pretty pleased about that.

Where Is This Going?

Look for Janet to suit up as the Wasp in the not-too-distant future. Ant-Man is Lilly’s only confirmed Marvel movie so far, but (like most of the actors involved with the franchise) she’s contracted for multiple pictures. Perhaps she’ll cameo in Civil War, or get involved in Avengers: Infinity War.

Assuming Lilly does become the Wasp, this is a departure from the comics. There, Janet Van Dyne is the Wasp, and a founding member of the Avengers to boot. Hope only exists in one of Marvel Comics’ alternate timelines, and becomes a supervillain (the Red Queen) rather than a superhero.


Learn all about the other Ant-Man credits scene on the next page.

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