Ant-Man and the Wasp is the 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has the unenviable position of coming on the heels of the biggest film in the franchise to date, Avengers: Infinity War. Whether you think it feels inconsequential in the wake of Thanos’ assault on the universe or a refreshing change of pace, Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man sequel doesn’t skip a beat when it comes to packing in fun gags and subtle nods to the comics and other bits of pop culture (check out our review if you’re curious where we landed on it). Although Ant-Man and the Wasp is one of the most “standalone” films we’ve seen in the MCU for some time, it still has enough Easter Eggs worth pointing out (and if it’s anything like the first movie, there are likely a few that no one has yet spotted). Here are 15 hidden details you may have missed in Ant-Man and the Wasp!
15. Animal House
Scott Lang has been on house arrest for nearly two years when we catch up with him at the beginning of Ant-Man and the Wasp, so he’s had to find a number of ways to entertain himself over that span. A delightful montage confirms that Scott spends his days learning the drums, planning elaborate play-dates with his daughter Cassie, and watching movies, among other things. Getting “kidnapped” by Hope and Hank effectively puts an end to Scott’s house arrest routine but we do get a glimpse at one movie he’s been spending his time watching: National Lampoon’s Animal House.
The specific scene that’s playing in the background is interesting, as it involves Professor Dave Jennings (Donald Sutherland) theorizing about the nature of the universe, stating “our whole solar system could be, like, one tiny atom in the fingernail of some other giant being.” Sounds like a nice little (pun intended) nod to the Quantum Realm, no?