Ant-Man is the final Phase 2 Marvel movie, and as you should already know, Spider-Man will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Phase 3 release Captain America: Civil War (which will also see Paul Rudd reprise the role of Scott Lang).
(SPOILER WARNING) During the final few minutes of Ant-Man, a reporter mentions that there are all sorts of heroes in the world now, including one who swings and sticks to walls. Who was she referring to? Spidey of course!
In a recent interview, Ant-Man director Peyton Reed talked about including that reference and how it managed to find its way into the movie at a fairly late stage. “Well, as everything the Marvel Universe, things are constantly changing and evolving,” he said. “It was something that very late in the game happened. We had those conversations about, ‘Are we going to deal with it in our movie? Should we deal with it in our movie and if so, how?’ We liked the idea of just dropping a little, tiny reference toward the end of the movie. That excited me. Just to have that connection with a character I grew up loving – it was great.”
This is a moment easily missed in the movie if you’re not paying close attention, but it’s a very cool nod to the existence of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel’s Spider-Man will be skipping the origin story, and it appears as if Peter Parker has been an active hero for at least a few weeks during the events of Ant-Man. Hopefully these two heroes will get to share a scene of two next year…