With Avengers: Age of Ultron now passing through theaters on its run to $1 billion+ dollars, MCU fan attention is starting to zero in on a smaller target: Marvel’s Ant-Man, which hits theaters this July. With Avengers 2 doing nothing in the way of setting up the Ant-Man origin story (but the hero already confirmed to appear in Captain America: Civil War) many are wondering how Ant-Man will tie itself back into the larger Avengers mythos.
As such, beyond the routine turns of an origin story (which superhero movie fans know all too well, these days), it is the ending of Ant-Man (and its mid-credits button scene) that arguably hold the most intrigue for hardcore fans. Well, Marvel is keeping those details secret, but Ant-Man director Peyton Reed is happy to provide a fake ending for anyone who doesn’t mind a little ribbing.
Here’s the “Ant-Man ending” Reed posted to his Twitter account:
In a major act of self-sabotage, I have decided to spoil the ending of ANT-MAN. Here it is, in two parts. Part One: pic.twitter.com/PEAQSIrStz— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) May 11, 2015
And ANT-MAN Ending Spoiler, Part Two: pic.twitter.com/31krqZ4tEU— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) May 11, 2015
As per CB, the comic panels in the tweets come from Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe. It was a 1989 comic book in which parody cartoonist Fred Hembeck used the clown character Crackers as an avatar of death, who went around wiping out characters of the Marvel Universe in humorous ways. For those who cannot read the panels:
- Crackers heads off to find Ant-Man.
- Ant-Man is battling the Water Wizard.
- With a nudge from Crackers, Ant-Man is knocked out by a water spigot.
- The old lady whose lawn Ant-Man and Water Wizard are battling on tries to help Ant-Man by putting him in the microwave to dry off.
- Ant-Man explodes in the microwave like a Gremlin (off panel, of course).
It’s a funny little joke from Reed that fans can probably appreciate; in fact, most of the promotional campaign for Ant-Man thus far (official or through social media) has seemed to come from a similar angle of self-deprecation about the character and his… unique powers. One can only wonder what that same promotional humor would’ve looked like, had original Ant-Man director Edgar Wright stuck around. Those who were lucky enough to catch Wright MC’ing the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World panel at Comic-Con know how funny he is as a marketing man.
The ending of the Hembeck strip has a little bonus extra: Crackers’ next target after Ant-Man happens to be Asgard during Ragnorok, where a scheming Loki has Thor and The Warriors Three in his thrall…. to play a Clash album in concert.
Absurd, yes, but it could also be taken as a possible comedic head-nod to the current state of Asgard in the MCU (Loki usurping the throne disguised as Odin) and the events of Thor: Ragnarok to come. As for Ant-Man: the smart money is on that film’s button scene focusing on setting up Captain America: Civil War, rather than teasing anything Thor related.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is now in theaters, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.
Source: Petyon Reed
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