You know we love our Easter Eggs. Here are 43 Easter Eggs in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp you May have missed. Between cameos, flashbacks, and hints of things to come, these Ant-Man and the Wasp Easter Eggs will surely make you want to see the movie again.
SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers. If you haven't yet seen Ant-Man and the Wasp Easter Eggs, DO NOT CONTINUE READING as this post contains plot points that will ruin the movie for you. You've been warned.
1. S.H.I.E.L.D. Flashback
The movie starts out with a S.H.I.E.L.D. flashback just like the first Ant-Man. We love some good movie symmetry.
2. Suit upgrades like Ant-Man's friend Cap
Reminiscent of Captain America, Ant-Man gets a tech upgrade. He gets a new suit in this movie, just like Cap got a new suit in his second movie. Old tech, new tech.
3. Low-end Disguises
Speaking of Ant-Man’s friend Cap, he uses low-end disguises just like Cap and friends in Captain America: Civil War. They disguise themselves with baseball hats and sunglasses, not very clever or subtle. “We look like ourselves at a baseball game.” Yes, yes you do, which is why you got spotted at the campus where Bill Foster works.
4. Sokovia Accords
Another Captain America reference. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, the government demands that all super-humans sign an agreement. Cap and his friends refused to signs, putting them in breach of the government making them criminals. It’s how they ended up on the raft prison, and it’s how Scott Lang ended up on House Arrest at the start of this film.
5. The Big Fight
Yet another Captain America references to the German airport tarmac fight Ant-Man was involved in with Captain America et al in Captain America: Civil War.
6. Hank’s Lab is created of “found items”
When Hank and Hope have to rebuild the Pym Lab on the run, it’s created from many “found” parts on the go, including items such as:
• Wonder bread clip
• Guitar volume knob
• Safety pin
• Old spool Cassette recording
• Duracell battery
• Camera bellow
• Erector set
• Nylon architectural ceiling mesh tile
7. Spy Games
Scott Lang laying spy with Cassie while he’s under house arrest is a callback to some of what he performed for the heist in the first Ant-Man to steal the Yellow Jacket suit—the secret vault, contact lens print) lasers; or maybe the eye is a nod to Marvel’s Orb?
8. Name of X-Con Security Client
“Karapetyan” is the name we hear throughout the movie as the big client that X-Con needs to land. It’s a nod to Edgar Karapetyan, storyboard artist for Cars 3, Finding Dory, The Good Dinosaur, and Phineas and Ferb, among others.
9. & 10. The Ant-ourage Getaway Van and Horn
The Ant-ourage’s Van has been repainted with the “X-Con Security Consultants” logo. This Easter Egg seems to be a reference to Ant-Man and The Astonishing Ant-Man comic series (2015-2016) in which Scott Lang tried to leave the superhero game behind and start a security firm called “Ant-Man Security Solutions.”
11. Ants Building Things
In the first movie, the ants help to build and deconstruct items for the heist of the Yellow Jacket suit. You can count on seeing them do the same in this movie.
12. Ants Help to Escape from Jail
When Scott gets picked up for breaking in to return the Ant-Man suit in the first Ant-Man, the ants come to the rescue with the Ant-Man suit to break him out of jail. In True Easter Egg form, there’s a nod to the first movie with a jailbreak scene that includes a near-identical scene of ants blocking the camera lens and suits appearing to break Hope and Hank out of jail.
13. Luis' Storytelling
It wouldn’t be Luis without some epic storytelling. He includes a snippet about Hope that includes a flash of a “Ruby Wine” sign as Hope walks yelling at Scott, as a nod to the wine tasting scene in the first Ant-Man where we see Luis tells his first story.
14. Stan Lee’s Cameo
You know there’s going to be a Stan Lee cameo. During the chase scene, there’s a moment when one of the cars shrinks in front of him. He makes a comment about how the 60s were fun but now he’s paying for it. While it’s a funny reference to the fact that he’s clearly imagining things because cars don’t shrink, or a great call out to co-author and artist Jack Kirby, it’s also a reference to the original Ant-Man comics that were created in the 60s.
15. Hot Wheels Cars
Hank Pym has a whole case of shrink tech. A tank, several Hyundai vehicles (Santa Fe, Veloster, Kona), a Mercedes van. Who knows what else. I need to get myself a collection of Hot Wheels.
16. Young Avengers References
I want this to turn into something, so much, I have asked Peyton Reed this question twice now, about Cassie and the Young Avengers, even before I saw the movie. While nothing has been confirmed, I feel like this is a next component of the MCU.
“I wish I could fight bad guys like you,” Cassie tells her dad. In the comics, Cassie Lang grows up to become Ant-Girl, one of the Young Avengers. A teenage Cassie begins secretly experimenting with her father's stash of Pym Particles and discovers that she can change size, like her dad can, though her powers as Ant-Girl are linked to her emotional state. She’s first known as Stature and then known as Stinger.
According to IMDB and ThatHashTagShow, Emma Fuhrmann has allegedly joined the cast of next year's untitled Avengers 4 as Cassie. Sooooo, time-travel? Young Avengers?
17. The Bathtub
When Scott first stole the suit in Ant-Man, he was in the bathtub when he heard Hank Pym talking to him the first time he wore the suit and then shrunk. Scott was in the bathtub when the gate was open to the quantum realm and he and Janet became connected. Clearly, there’s a connection between Ant-Man and the bathtub.
18. Ant Names
Just like the first movie, Scott makes up all sorts of “ant” names for his ant friends:
- Ulysses S Grant
- Antonio Banderas
19. Elihas Starr (Egghead)
Make no mistake…the introduction of Ghost’s father was surely no accident. He’s no random scientist. In the comics, Starr was a government scientist who was jailed for smuggling blueprints to sell on the black market. Dubbed “Egghead” by the media, he was freed by a crime lord to defeat the original Ant-Man. He failed and narrowly avoided capture. Time and again, he would try to defeat Hank Pym, and he regarded Pym as his arch-nemesis and grew desperate to prove Pym’s genius was inferior to his own.
With the introduction of Egghead aka Professor Carl Striker, founder of Masters of Evil, is Marvel setting up a Masters of Evil in the future? Zemo is still alive and he’s the main villain in that group of supervillains.
20. Giant-Man Passing Out
When GiANT-Man passes out, it’s a callback to when he passes out in Captain America: Civil War. I know, so many Cap references. It’s like Cap and Ant-Man are inseparable after Germany.
21. Wasp Sting
When Scott gets stung on the neck in his bedroom, it’s a nod to the security guard at Pym Tech getting bitten on the neck in the first Ant-Man before Luis drags him into the locked area as they’re getting ready to steal the Yellow Jacket suit.
22. Scott Getting Knocked Out
When Scott gets knocked out and wakes up in the car with Hope, he has the same reaction he did the first movie when she knocked him out and he woke up in the bed in their house. You’d think he’d learn.
23. Scott’s Reaction to Being Ant-Sized
Luis had the same reaction to being ant-sized his first time as Scott had his first time, and Scott had a similar reaction when he realized he was ant-sized in Hope’s Santa Fe. Like I said before, you’d think he’d learn.
Ghost is an Iron Man villain whose been borrowed and repurposed for this role. Ava Starr is a new character. The original Ghost was first seen in Iron Man #219, “the man who would be known as The Ghost was once a promising data engineer for a major computer corporation.”
25. Baba Yaga
Kurt talks about Baba Yaga, a witch woman of Russian folklore. She’s made several Marvel-related appearances in Captain Britain comics.
In the classroom scene with Hope and Scott, there is an ant message on the board: “- the flowers that my ants grow” is written in the student instruction on the chalkboard.
Speaking of chalkboards, the chalkboard in the classroom of Dr. Bill Foster has a nod to the Matrix. It literally says “Matrix” in the text. That has to be a Laurence Fishburne add-in and not simply a “math” term. He will always be “Morpheus” from The Matrix (1999).
28. Star Wars
In Ghost’s house, there’s what appears to be a Darth Vader mug on the table behind the hostages. I mean, I guess she’s part of the Dark Side given that she's the villain, but Ghost's Hannah John-Kamen was also a First Order Officer in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
29., 30., & 31. Goliath
Laurence Fishburne plays a former S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague of Hank's named Dr. Bill Foster, who mentions to the “disguised” Scott and Hope that he worked with Hank on Project Goliath. This is a nod to comic book origins. Bill and Scott spend a few minutes comparing size, but really it’s a nod to his Black Goliath character.
Goliath was one of Marvel’s first prominent Black characters, along with Black Panther. Bill Foster was Pym’s lab assistant in the 60s. In the 70s, Foster used the Pym Particles to become the 3rd person to become Goliath, briefly referred to as Black Goliath in a solo, self-titled comic series.
I asked Laurence Fishburne if we would see him as Goliath when we interviewed him but he wouldn’t budge.
Side note: Laurence’s son Langston Fishburne plays the decades younger Bill Foster in Ant-Man and the Wasp, rather than using special effects to make him look younger.
Continuing with Goliath, Luis shows on more than one occasion he’s interested in a suit. In fact, he literally says, “I want a suit,” and doesn’t care if it doesn’t have any powers. Could he be the next Goliath? Could be ne another Young Avenger? Luis certainly has a propensity for helping people. And we can all use a little more Luis in our lives.
32. Iron Man
Lots of Iron Man nods in this movie, and I don’t even like Iron Man. Bill Foster reference the Goliath Project. Tony Stark makes a reference to the Goliath Project in Iron Man 2 when he begins looking for a breakthrough to cure his illness. Tony Stark tells his A.I. assistant Jarvis to “tap the Oracle grid. I need some things out of storage. Give me everything from Projects PEGASUS, EXODUS, and GOLIATH.”
33. Busted Regulator
Scott has a busted regular is the first Ant-Man and the regular in Ant-Man and the Wasp is constantly malfunctioning.
Luis makes a ridiculous reference to the Budweiser “Wassap” commercials, which aired in 1999.
35. Pym-Van Dyne House Training Scenes
Some of the scenes in the house when Scott is training in the first Ant-Man are very similar to the flashback when Hank entangles with Janet in the quantum realm.
36. The Quantum Touch
That’s what I’m calling it. I’m sure there’s a real name. When Ghost and Janet touch people to heal and read energy, it’s reminiscent of what The Ancient One and Doctor Strange are capable of…
37. & 38. Supervillain Centurion and Sonny Burch
We’re about to get nerdy AF on you. Ready? Walton Goggins is the Southern gentleman villain Sonny Burch. In the comics, Sonny Burch is the head of Cross Technologies, which was the company of Darren Cross (Cross was played by Corey Stoll in Ant-Man). Let’s go back to Iron Man here (2008) because he’s also an associate of Obadiah Stane. Burch’s good FBI buddy Geoffrey Ballard isn’t as law-abiding as the FBI should be we learn as the movie goes on. Yes, the FBI should technically be enforcing Scott’s house arrest and ensuring that the Pym/Van Dyne duo don’t violate the Sokovia Accords.
However, Ballard just wants the tech for Burch. In the comics, Ballard took the name Centurion, a known enemy of Iron Man, Black Goliath, Ms. Marvel, and a few other heroes. Centurion debuted in Black Goliath #4.
Like Ghost, Sonny Burch is also a repurposed Iron Man villain. Sonny Burch was a single-story line character in 2003-2004 in Iron Man #73. In the comics, Burch only cared for profits and tried to exploit this tech he had access to at Stark Technology and it became a public disaster. He committed suicide in the comics.
39. Agents of Atlas
If my beloved Agent Phil Coulson can get a spin-off, so can Agent James Woo! Randall Park was a riot, but so much more than just a comic addition and a contact of Agent Melinda May.
FBI Agent James Woo first appeared in Marvel’s Yellow Claw #1 comic in 1956. Informed by typically Asian stereotypes of the era, Woo was out to oppose the Yellow Claw, one of the usual “yellow peril” racist comic villains. He was later alongside S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agents of Atlas. In 2013, he became Headmaster of the Pan-Asian School For The Unusually Gifted, a school for Asian teens with superhuman abilities. He’s most known for leading the Agents of Atlas, a team of obscure characters from the 50s.
40. Ferry Terrorizing Take Two
As if Spider-Man splitting the Staten Island Ferry in two trying to stop Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming wasn’t enough, now Ant-Man is terrorizing another ferry in order to take back the shrunken building from a terrified Sonny Burch. This scene definitely feels like a nod to that webbed crawler.
41. “Antmusic” by Adam and the Ants
Music is everything. The song “Ants Invasion” by Adam and the Ants in the trailer and the band’s song “Antmusic” is used in the feature.
42. Ant Movie at the Drive-In
Bill Foster notices a bunch of ants crawling through the lab he shouts out, “It’s them!” It seems basic, but it’s almost certainly a subtle reference to the 1954 movie Them! about giant ants—the very same classic black-and-white film that is being watched by Hope, Scott, and Cassie at the end of the movie.
43. That Cookie Credit, Though
Thanos’ snap hits while Scott is subatomic. Hank, Janet, and Hope are dusted. Scott is hanging out in the quantum realm. So, does he need anyone to get back from the quantum realm? He didn’t in the first film. Presumably, Ava (Ghost) and Bill probably know he’s there since he’s getting particles for Ava. How important are those “Time Vortexes” Janet warned him about? How will his being in the quantum realm help the Avengers in the next movie? All this did was leave me with more questions. Rude. Too soon, Marvel, too soon.
What Easter Eggs did you see? Did we miss any? Leave yours in the comments below!