(Warning - a MAJOR SPOILER for Ant-Man, and smaller ones for Avengers: Age of Ultron, may well lie below...Proceed with whatever level of caution your natural SPOILER-averseness dictates...)
When it comes to the various rumors floating around the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there're usually a whole lot more that very much won't turn out to be true than there are rigidly factual ones. After all, the very nature of rumor means a whole lot of what we hear is disinformation, or at the very least misconstrued fact.
A solid rule of thumb, then? If a member of the cast or crew of the movie hasn't said it, and there's no documented evidence to support it, then it's best to take any given rumor with a substantial pinch of salt.
Which is why the latest TV spot for Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man is so darned exciting. Y'see:
We Might Have Our First Look at an Avenger in Ant-Man
Now, there have been murmurings of an Avenger cameo-ing in Ant-Man for months now - but as of yet, very little has come from the kind of sources that we can plausibly get our hopes up off the back of.
Until now, that is.
Take a look at this here Ant-Man TV spot for a second:
Notice anything a little...unusual?
Something in the background, say? Something...costume-like?
Something an awful lot like this?
Well, if so, then you may well have noticed the same thing as Ross Burlingame over at ComicBook.com:
That Gunman Looks an Awful Lot Like the Falcon
Except, not so much in the hero's original appearance - since he didn't really have a costume at that point.
Instead, that blurry figure looks a whole lot like The Falcon in his post-Avengers: Age of Ultron finery:
Notice the black, grey and red detailing, and the large (collapsible) wings?
Well, it seems all those elements are also very much present in that still from Ant-Man...
Or, in other words:
It Looks as Though the Rumors Were True
After all, it was just a few days ago that we (once again) heard talk that Anthony Mackie's Falcon would be making an appearance - and from the looks of that image, that rumor's turned out to be bang on the money.
Which, since Mackie's Falcon is awesome, is clearly good news.
What do you think, though?