(Warning - MAJOR POTENTIAL SPOILERS for Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man are to be found below...Proceed with whatever degree of caution your natural level of SPOILER-averse-ness dictates...)
One of the most surprising moments in Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn't, as it turns out, something that we actually saw. Instead, it was a noticeable and almost-shocking absence: the lack of a post-credits scene.
Sure, we got another brief glimpse at everyone's favorite mad Titan, Thanos, in the mid-credits, but anyone waiting through the credits for another hint of what's to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was sadly set for disappointment.
From the sounds of it, though, that won't be the case when the upcoming Ant-Man is finally released on July 17. Y'see:
Not Only Will Ant-Man Have Mid and Post-Credits Scenes...but We Might Just Know What They Are
Yup, that's right - if the latest rumors from Heroic Hollywood are to be believed, then not only are there set to be two - count 'em, two - scenes running through Ant-Man's credits, but they might just be as important as they come...
(Note, this is where those GIANT HULKING SPOILERS we were talking about earlier come in...)
The Mid-Credits Scene Looks Set to Tease a New Hero
Or, rather, the transformation of one regular hero into a distinctly super-heroic (and legendary) one:
"Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) gives the WASP costume with wings to Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). Hank explains to Hope what happened to Hope's mother Janet Van Dyne."
That's right - it seems we will see Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne become The Wasp - if only briefly, and during the film's mid-credits sequence. Which, from a Captain America: Civil War-centric perspective, could come to be seen as an important moment - especially if Hope ends up playing a key (minor) role in the movie.
That, though, may well be less integral to the plot of Civil War than what comes next. Y'see:
It Looks as Though Ant-Man's About to Get Called Up to the Majors...
Specifically, in the post-credits scene, we may well be set to see a pretty strong hint of things to come:
"The scene has Captain America, The Falcon, and The Winter Soldier. Cap and Falcon have located The Winter Soldier to a remote location where The Winter Soldier is tied up.
Falcon asks Cap "Should I call Stark?"
Cap replies "No."
Falcon replies "I know who to call." Implying Ant-Man."
Which, it seems, suggests Ant-Man could well be set to play a far more integral part in Captain America: Civil War than we previously suspected - perhaps not only ending up a part of Cap's Avengers, but also playing a major role in Bucky's storyline.
The Reason Falcon Suggests Calling Ant-Man, Though?
Well, according to Heroic Hollywood, that's because, as has long been rumored:
"Falcon is in Ant-Man in a few key scenes."
Thus not only giving the ever-awesome Anthony Mackie a little more to do in the MCU, but also further connecting Ant-Man himself to the rest of the world's heroes.
The big question now, though?
What do you think?