There are a lot of funny characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, ever since Guardians of the Galaxy proved to be such a success, every MCU movie has been a laugh riot. Thor has gone from a Norse god to the Dude.
But Ant-Man is the only one whose solo movies can be classed as full-blown comedies. His position as the comic relief made him the least likely candidate to come up with the plan that would save everyone in Avengers: Endgame. Everyone expected it to be Captain Marvel. But then Ant-Man pulled through, still making us laugh as he did. Here are Ant-Man’s 10 Funniest Quotes From The MCU.
10 “Okay, the first thing we should do...is call the Avengers.”
As the superhero population in the world of the MCU gets bigger and bigger, it’s becoming increasingly less believable that each one has their own solo adventure. Why would they struggle to battle a villain on their own when they have 30 other superpowered friends?
In the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, the title character rattles off a bunch of names to Nick Fury, and Fury has an excuse for each one of them. Scott Lang started this when Hank Pym told him about the threat of Darren Cross and he replied, “Okay, the first thing we should do...is call the Avengers.”
9 “Anyone see a Southern gentleman carrying a building?”
Ant-Man was a classic heist movie in the style of something like Ocean’s Eleven, but Ant-Man and the Wasp was more of a wacky caper in the vein of an Elmore Leonard novel. Walton Goggins’ crime boss villain Sonny Burch is ripped straight from the pages of Leonard’s books.
The only difference with Ant-Man and the Wasp is the insane technologies that Hank Pym has designed. For example, instead of the characters chasing a briefcase like they would in a Leonard story, the characters chase a laboratory that’s been shrunk down to the size of a briefcase. It’s great fun.
8 “As far as I’m concerned, that’s America’s ass.”
Marvel fans are rejoicing that Captain America’s butt is finally getting the recognition it deserves after years of being a point of discussion. In Avengers: Endgame, Ant-Man goes back in time to the Battle of New York with Iron Man, Captain America, and the Hulk.
Iron Man makes a comment about Cap’s butt and Ant-Man says, “As far as I’m concerned, that’s America’s ass.” Later, when Cap confronts his past self and they have an intense fight, he ends up using Loki’s Scepter to knock himself out. Then he admires his past self’s butt and proclaims, “That is America’s ass.”
7 “Hats and sunglasses? That’s not a disguise, Hank. We look like ourselves at a baseball game.”
In Ant-Man and the Wasp, all three main characters are on the run. Scott has violated his house arrest by stepping out to join Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne in their fight, while the latter two are wanted for a litany of felonies they’ve committed in the name of justice.
In one scene, they’re wearing a disguise and Scott says, “Guys, it’s not a good idea to be out in the open like this.” Hank assures him, “Relax, no one’s going to recognize us,” and Scott hilariously counters, “What, because of hats and sunglasses? That’s not a disguise, Hank. We look like ourselves at a baseball game.”
6 “Everything is unpredictable. Is that anybody’s sandwich? I’m starving.”
When Scott Lang emerges from the Quantum Realm in Avengers: Endgame, he figures out what happened, makes sure his daughter is okay, and then heads straight to the Avengers’ headquarters to tell them his plan to save the world.
He explains that the Quantum Realm could be the key to everything as he spent five years in there, except: “For me, it was five hours. See, the rules of the Quantum Realm aren’t like they are up here. Everything is unpredictable.” Then he spies Black Widow’s peanut butter sandwich on the table and says, “Is that anybody’s sandwich? I’m starving.”
5 “I’m gonna call him Antony.”
Unlike characters like Spider-Man and the Hulk, Ant-Man was pretty obscure going into his 2015 solo movie. He’d been a popular Marvel Comics character for decades, but he wasn’t really known by mainstream audiences.
That’s a thing of the past now that Paul Rudd has made him one of the most beloved characters in the MCU, but in his first solo movie, everything that gives Ant-Man his powers needed to be spoon-fed to the audience, including his ability to communicate with ants. We figured out his connection to ants pretty quickly when he made an ant friend and said, “I’m gonna call him Antony.”
4 “So, Back to the Future’s a bunch of bulls**t?”
There were a lot of surprises in Avengers: Endgame – namely, that a rat is indirectly responsible for saving humanity – but one thing a lot of people saw coming was that time travel would be involved in the plot.
Based on the fact that Ant-Man was lost in the Quantum Realm when Thanos snapped his fingers and leaked set photos revealed the actors in their 2012 costumes, a time travel plot was expected. Ant-Man comes out of the Quantum Realm with a half-baked idea to travel through time. The actual scientists debunk the logic of Doc Brown’s time-traveling DeLorean and Ant-Man says, “So, Back to the Future’s a bunch of bulls**t?”
3 “No, no whistling! This isn’t The Andy Griffith Show.”
The producers of the MCU like to make every movie a different genre. Of course, they’re all superhero movies, but they each fit a different genre construct. The first Ant-Man movie, for example, is a heist movie. As they’re plotting the central heist and Luis is required to impersonate a security guard, he suggests casually whistling in order to fit in.
But Scott turns down the idea: “No, no whistling! This isn’t The Andy Griffith Show.” The MCU makes a lot of references to its own movies to connect the universe, but it’s also fun when it references other movies and TV shows.
2 “Hold on, you gave her wings?!”
It was about time the Wasp was introduced in the MCU. Joss Whedon had originally wanted to put her in 2012’s The Avengers, but producer Kevin Feige told him to hold off until they could do the character justice.
To be fair, Evangeline Lilly got to develop the character – first, her alter ego Hope Van Dyne, and second, her superhero identity the Wasp – more over the two Ant-Man movies than she would’ve been able to in The Avengers. As soon as she shows off her Wasp suit, Scott is immediately jealous of the cool thing her suit has that his doesn’t: “Hold on, you gave her wings?!”
1 “I know you know a lot of super-people, so...thinks for thanking of me!”
After the first Avengers movie put all the superheroes out in the open – establishing them as sort-of celebrities in a news montage at the end – the MCU has gotten pretty meta in outsiders referencing its best-known characters.
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, some girls in Peter’s school play “Kiss, Marry, Kill” with the Avengers. And in Captain America: Civil War, when Scott Lang is brought onto Cap’s team for the fight at the airport in Germany, he’s starstruck. He’s so giddy to be speaking to Captain America, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and the Falcon that he mixes up his words: “I know you know a lot of super-people, so...thinks for thanking of me!”