Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) survived Thanos' initial attack on Avengers HQ in Avengers: Endgame, but how? The 22nd Marvel Cinematic Universe film was packed with small details and Easter eggs for fans to discover. Most of these details were unearthed during the theatrical run of Avengers: Endgame too, as fans kept checking out the 3-hour epic until it became the highest-grossing film of all-time.
However, some details from the film continued to be questioned through its release on home video. The repeat viewings that have come from the accessibility of Avengers: Endgame has since revealed new time travel Easter eggs and more. But, the frame-by-frame analysis of Avengers: Endgame's ending has also pointed out the answer to one question that many viewers had. When Thanos first attacked Avengers HQ, missiles land close to Ant-Man and he isn't seen again until he's small amid the rubble. Many wondered when he shrunk down to this size, and it turns out this is how he evaded the blast of Thanos' attack in the first place.
As pointed out in a new video by Screen Rant, Ant-Man can barely be seen shrinking when Thanos' attack begins. He is standing by a window when the firing starts and some of the earliest missiles explode nearby. He is in the blast radius and is in danger when the force of the attack blows through Avengers HQ. It is at this exact moment that Scott utilizes the power of his suit and shrinks down to his ant size to avoid getting hit directly by the blast. There are more details like these in the video at the top of this post featuring similar moments across the MCU.
For those who questioned how Ant-Man survived the blast and when he became tiny, this quick moment explains it all. Because of how fast it happens, it is understandable why many did not catch onto this moment right away. You'd need to be paying very close attention to the scene to see him shrink in real-time. Thanks to the advantages of Avengers: Endgame's digital release, those looking for this answer have been able to figure it out. This is why when Avengers: Endgame shows him next he is small and buried in rubble and on his way to help Hulk, Rhodey, and Rocket.
While there may be some minor continuity errors in Avengers: Endgame, it is small details Ant-Man shrinking down at the perfect time that shows the care that directors Anthony and Joe Russo put into the movie. Details like these are seen throughout the MCU, so this may be more of a byproduct of Marvel Studios' system and attention to detail. Either way, fans can now point to this moment to explain what happened to Ant-Man if others continue to question his survival at this point in Avengers: Endgame.
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