Neil DeGrasse Tyson has weighed in on that infamous Avengers: Endgame theory concerning Thanos and Ant-Man. 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. Some recently released posters served to highlight the extent of the team's devastating loss. For months now, 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 expanding to his Giant Man form and destroying Thanos from within. That particular theory has since caught on, spawning countless memes. The Russo Brothers, who directed both Infinity War and Endgame, have even commended fans' dedication to the theory.
On the latest episode of his StarTalk podcast (via ComicBook), DeGrasse Tyson was the latest to examine the theory. After comedian Chuck Nice presented the viral concept to DeGrasse Tyson and Charles Liu, the trio discussed the viability of such methodology. Strangely enough, the famed astrophysicist offered nothing to disprove that such a notion could work. In that regard, the science of the maneuver remains technically sound. DeGrasse Tyson does, however, questions it from a different angle, remarking: "Why not put something else in there that expands? Why does it have to be your own self?" DeGrasse Tyson also references the gross nature of the theory, saying: "That's nasty. Because, if Thanos is as powerful and evil as he is, then he's going to have powerful, evil poop." Check out the full clip below:
This isn't the first time DeGrasse Tyson has applied his scientific acumen to popular culture. As well as consulting on The Orville, the renowned scientist has assessed the science of everything from Star Wars to Game of Thrones. Previously, he even weighed in on that infamous Titanic debate regarding whether there was room on the door for both Jack and Rose. He also starred as Merlin in The Last Sharknado: It's About Time and will host National Geographic's upcoming Cosmos: Possible Worlds.
Although the conversation rapidly shifts towards Eddie Murphy impressions and the notion of Thanos having quantum butt armor, Degrasse Tyson does make a good point. Why wouldn't somebody utilize something else rather than themselves? There must be, after all, a limit to being a hero. Over the course of two standalone movies and one mini team-up in Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang and his allies have made use of all manner of unconventional tools. Everything from toy cars to a Pez dispenser has been used against a host of villains. Famously, even Thomas the Tank Engine featured heavily in Ant-Man's climactic moments. As such, there are countless better options than willingly putting yourself in the proximity of evil poop. Whatever the case ends being regarding how the Avengers finally defeat Thanos, fans will find out soon enough when Avengers: Endgame finally hits theaters in a few weeks time.