[Warning: This post contains minor SPOILERS for Ant-Man.]
Outside of making billions of dollars at the box office, the one thing the Marvel Cinematic Universe is probably best known for is how interconnected its films are. Naturally, this has extended to many instances of characters making cameos in films where they aren't the star, such as Captain America (via Loki) appearing in Thor: The Dark World or Tony Stark popping up at the end of The Incredible Hulk.
Thanks to a new Spanish-language TV spot for Ant-Man, we now know what the latest Marvel cameo will be, and it serves to confirm rumors that were artfully dodged by director Peyton Reed a while back.
While it's only a split second of footage - visible at about the 18-second mark in the clip above - Sam Wilson a.k.a. The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) can clearly be seen, clad in a new red and black armored suit no less. Falcon has seemingly gotten an upgrade since formally joining the Avengers at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. This also confirms speculation by ComicBook.com from earlier this past week, whose eagle-eyed staff spotted an extremely close-up frame of someone resembling Falcon at about the 41-second mark of a previous TV spot (check it out below).
With Paul Rudd set to appear as Ant-Man/Scott Lang in next year's hotly anticipated Captain America: Civil War, it makes perfect sense that an Avenger would make their presence known in the character's solo film. Nick Fury will surely be interested in offering Scott a spot on his ever-changing team of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and who better than Falcon to make the sales pitch? After all, Sam Wilson isn't a physical demigod like a Captain America or a Thor; he's just a man with a particular set of skills that are augmented and enhanced by cutting edge technology.
Of course, that presumes that Falcon's presence in Ant-Man extends no further than a 1 or 2 scene cameo. It's very possible that he plays a larger role in the film's plot, and Marvel has just been coy about his level of involvement until now. After all, we didn't even officially know Sam Wilson was going to be the film at all until this TV spot confirmed it. Who's to say that Falcon won't play a supporting backup role in Ant-Man along the lines of what Black Widow did in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? At this point, we can't rule that possibility out for sure.
Now that we know Falcon will appear in Ant-Man, one wonders whether he'll be the only additional Marvel hero to show up. After all, Scott did jokingly suggest calling the Avengers for help in one of Ant-Man's trailers, and there's no real reason to assume that Falcon would be flying solo for whatever mission sends him to Ant-Man's neck of the Marvel woods. Could we see Captain America himself turn up? Will Black Widow pop in to say hi? About the only Avenger we can be 100% sure won't appear in Ant-Man is Tony Stark, since Robert Downey Jr's high asking price has become very well known. Partial Avengers, assemble!
Ant-Man opens in theaters July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.