A new fan-made animation posits that Thanos won't be so easily defeated by THAT popular Ant-Man meme, the "Thanus Theory" in Avengers: Endgame. Earth's mightiest heroes experienced their first true loss in Avengers: Infinity War - when Thanos succeeded in his quest to acquire all of the Infinity Stones, using them to wipe out half of all life in the universe. Audience's hearts were left broken as characters such as Spider-Man and Black Panther was reduced to dust in what has since come to be known as The Decimation. Since then, theories have abounded as to how the remaining heroes could avenge the fallen and undo Thanos' actions.
As of now, the most popular theory suggests the Avengers will use time-travel to restore the universe to its natural order. The idea was bolstered by the increased significance of the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which even had Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) mentioning time vortexes. Another theory suggests that past MCU villains will be the key to defeating Thanos. By far the most popular and hilariously simplistic, however, is that Ant-Man will simply shrink down and enter Thanos via his anal cavity, all before enlarging again and destroying Thanos from within. That particular theory has since caught on, spawning numerous gifs and fan-made videos. The Russo Brothers, who directed both Infinity War and Endgame, have even commended fans' dedication to the theory.
The latest, however, turns the tables on the conceit. Produced and animated by Mightyraccoon!, the video features Scott Lang psyching himself up to go through with an idea he's long been pondering. Waiting for the perfect opportunity and angle, Ant-Man lunges furiously at Thanos' rear-end. Before he can make it, though, the shrunken hero finds himself frozen in mid-air. Having seen the threat coming, Thanos had his Infinity Gauntlet ready. Check out the full video below:
The video is not too dissimilar from recent artwork created by artist Bosslogic. The character of Ant-Man was last seen in a similarly dire fate in his last big-screen outing. With each member of the Pym/Van Dyne family also wiped out by Thanos' infamous snap, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) was left stranded in the Quantum Realm. Each of the Avengers: Endgame trailers have since revealed that Scott will successfully escape in time to aid the Avengers on their quest. Whether or not he lives through the highly anticipated battle, however, remains to be seen.
Though the Russo Brothers got their start in comedy, directing on such acclaimed shows as Arrested Development, it's unlikely that they would actually utilize such a unconventional method to defeating Thanos. As funny and unique as it would no doubt be, it would ultimately take away all the dramatic weight garnered by the events of the previous team-up. According to recent reports, and a sterling early review from Doctor Strange's Scott Derrickson, the film will build on the emotional rollercoaster that came before. It's fun to imagine, but the defeat of Thanos will surely be a more bittersweet affair. Whatever the case, with the film set to include the final Stan Lee cameo and widely suspected to be Captain America and Iron Man's final mission, Avengers: Endgame will be an end of an era in more ways than one. As such, like Thanos suggests in the video amid callous laughter, maybe it's time to move on from the meme.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019