Just which heroes were teased at the end of Marvel's Ant-Man? The film ends with a brilliant scene in which Michael Peña's Luis reveals that an Avenger is looking for Scott Lang. It's hardly the news the new superhero wants to hear; the only Avenger who knows Ant-Man exists is Falcon, and Sam could be forgiven for having something of a grudge.
But Luis' account is particularly exciting because part of it involves Falcon asking a reporter if she knows a guy "who's got, like, bomb moves, right?" The journalist's response was an amusing one:
"Well, we got everything nowadays. We got a guy who jumps. We got a guy who swings, we got a guy who crawls up the walls. You gotta be more specific."
Even allowing for Luis's creative interpretation of events, this line seems to reference a number of other superheroes active in the MCU - and, tellingly, none of them sound like any of the Avengers we'd seen on the big screen before Ant-Man. Most viewers took that to be a first reference to Spider-Man, but according to Kevin Feige it was just a happy coincidence. "When that was shot," he told i09, "that was before the whole [Spider-Man] thing had happened. It really was just her listing relatively generic powers leading into Falcon saying, 'I'm looking for someone who shrinks.' Now that the Spider-Man deal has been announced, it takes on a different connotation." Curiously enough, though, director Peyton Reed disagreed. He told ComicBook.com it was a deliberate nod to Spider-Man, "a little, tiny reference towards the end of the movie."
Whatever the truth may be, the quote has clearly been retconned to point to Spider-Man. But here's the key point; the quote suggests the reporter is referring to three different characters, one who jumps, another who swings, and a third who crawls up the walls. This doesn't just refer to Spider-Man. So who are the other two characters?
- This Page: Spider-Man's Reference In Ant-Man
- Page 2: The Other Two Heroes Referenced To In Ant-Man
Spider-Man is Probably the "Guy Who Swings"
Of course, all three of these powers and traits are actually associated with Spider-Man. But the MCU's iteration of Spider-Man has really focused in on the idea of his webbing. In Captain America: Civil War, Tony Stark has spotted videos of Spider-Man swinging through the streets of New York. It's the webbing that has caught Stark's eye; "the tensile strength is off the charts," Stark tells Peter. He's noticed Spider-Man's other powers - including the ability to climb walls - but he leads with the swinging, and with the webbing. Both Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming emphasized Spider-Man's web-swinging, albeit with a lot of humor due to the fact Peter wasn't exactly good at it.
It seems safe to say, then, that the "guy who swings" is probably Spider-Man. But that leaves us with two other characters, heroes who we may not even have seen in the MCU to date. Who is the reporter referring to when she mentions "a guy who jumps" and "a guy who crawls up the walls?"
Page 2 of 2: The Other Two Heroes Referenced To In Ant-Man
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019