We may never discover every easter egg hidden in each Marvel movie, but with the mass searching going on right now in Marvel Studios' newest release, you can be sure that we'll catch a pretty massive collection of them. Without further ado, I present to you my collective list of easter eggs I've found from Earth's tiniest hero, Ant-Man! (obviously, SPOILERS)
1) The Triskelion
Ant-Man contains a grand easter egg with it's opening view: The Triskelion in 1989, which seems to be expanding for a larger base. For those of you who can remember, the Triskelion is the headquarters of S.H.I.E.L.D. and where most of Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes place.
2) Mitchell Carson, Agent Carter, and Howard Stark
It's always nice to see Howard Stark, father of Tony. Agent Carter's appearances in the movies has almost become a tradition now, as she's been seen in Winter Soldier, [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), Ant-Man, and next will be appearing in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). Mitchell Carson, however, is interesting. In the comics, Mitch was the SHIELD agent set to be the next Ant-Man after Scott Lang, but the suit fell instead into the hands of Eric O'Grady, who became the third Ant-Man.
3) Janet Van Dyne
In the comics, Hank Pym's wife, Janet, is the Wasp. Only Hank Pym himself ever wore the Wasp suit outside of Janet, so fans were a bit scared that we might never get the chance to see the winged female superhero on screen when it was revealed that Janet had died in 1987, two years before we see the scene with the Triskelion at the start.
4) Hank Pym's Aggression
When Hope van Dyne mentions that she hasn't even been told how her mother died all those years ago, I'm sure some comic book fans recalled how Hank Pym was actually well-known for having beaten Janet during one scene in the comics, causing quite the bit of controversy. While this comic book side of him was rather dark, it seems they utilized his more aggressive side in the movie when he punched both Darren Cross and Mitch Carson during the course of the movie. Way to redirect your violence towards beating bad guys, Hank!
5) San Quintin State Prison
Originally, I theorized that Scott Lang would be leaving Seagate Prison at the start of the movie after the first trailer dropped: Seagate Prison being the location of the one-shot All Hail the King and the prison that once held Luke Cage, who is coming to Netflix soon with the [A.K.A. Jessica Jones](tag:1168773) Netflix show. As it turns out, however, Lang was being kept in San Quintin State Prison, which once kept another Marvel comic hero of the Defenders: Punisher, who has been officially cast and will appear in Daredevil's second season next year.
6) A Masters in Electrical Engineering
Scott Lang is very much an electrical engineering type of guy in both the movies and the comics. In the comics, after getting out of prison, instead of going to work at Baskin Robbins, Lang goes and works for Tony Stark to install a new security system for Avengers Tower since who knows how to protect a place better than a world-class burglar. After the security nightmare that was Ultron, and Stark's old security system now being its own superhero (Vision), Tony might just find Lang very useful in Civil War, no?
7) Milgrom Hotel
The hotel thank Scott Lang and his band of burglars (NOT thieves) is actually named after famous Marvel comics artist Al Milgrom who inked many issues of the West Coast Avengers, which feature Ant-Man quite frequently, as well as Janet van Dyne.
8) Cross Tech
When Hank Pym comes to visit Darren Cross upon invitation, he spots models for Pym Technologies to become Cross Technologies. In the comics, Pym Tech didn't exist, but Cross Tech was its own operating company. Also in the comics, Hank Pym used the Yellowjacket costume for good, while Darren Cross's villainous form looked more like a pink Hulk.
9) Tales to Astonish
You'd have to be a major comic book nerd to notice this, but Darren Cross directly referenced old Ant-Man footage as "tales to astonish" the Soviets during the previous wars. What you may not have realized is that the very first appearance of Ant-Man in a comic book was in "Tales to Astonish #35". This is essentially a direct reference to the fact that Hank Pym and all of his wild adventures happened in secret in the past.
It's amazing how Marvel Studios seems to convince us that HYDRA is finished in every movie. First, it was Red Skull, then Alexander Pierce, and then Baron von Strucker. But with a motto like "Cut off one head, two more will appear", it's no surprise they're still around. This reference to HYDRA still being very active could be a reminder that we'll be seeing Baron Zemo, a major leader of HYDRA in Captain America: Civil War.
11) The Ten Rings
Remember the terrorist group from the first Iron Man movie? They were known as the Ten Rings, and were led by the Mandarin, Iron Man's biggest supervillain: the Loki to his Thor. Everyone thought we were finally going to meet the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, until the person we thought was the Mandarin turned out to be an actor. The Mandarin is still at large, as we found out in All Hail the King, but something in Ant-Man reminded us that the Ten Rings are still at large like HYDRA. While Darren Cross revealed he was selling the Yellowjacket suit to HYDRA, one of the other buyers interested in the suit actually has Ten Rings tattoo. Are Marvel's big villains uniting to create the Masters of Evil? They certainly all seem to be in contact now.
12) Cassie Lang
Scott Lang's daughter is sure to bring smiles to everyone's faces, with her love for a hideous bunny toy that has its front teeth missing just like her, and her feeding of a very over-sized pet ant. What you may not realize is that Cassie becomes her own superhero, Stature, who uses the Pym Particles' powers in reverse, to grow to extraordinary heights as the superhero Stature. With all of Marvel's movies planned out until 2019, if Ant-Man 2 were to come out as soon as Marvel Studios finishes its last announced movie, Cassie would be a teenager, at the perfect age to become a Young Avenger like in the comics.
13) The Avengers & Sokovia
It seems the Avengers' multi-national events are getting worldwide notice. With Pym's quip about disliking the Avengers, it's apparent that everyone knows that Sokovia was dropped out of the sky, about the damage the Avengers can have, even though they are still regarded as helpful. Could the mass destruction lead to superhero laws in Captain America: Civil War?
14) The Falcon
If you weren't sure if Falcon was a full-fledged Avenger, or just a trainee, now you know. One of the coolest moments in Ant-Man had to be the battle between him and Falcon in fully upgraded gear seen at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. With his regards to not wanting to be seen as a failure to Captain America, along with War Machine wanting to impress Stark with his story at the dinner party in Age of Ultron remind us that Stark and Rogers' super-powered sidekicks would make one badass fight scene in Civil War! Surely it's on the way, no?
15) It's A Small World
First Ultron sings Pinnochio, and then Michael Pena whistles It's A Small World on his fake security job inside Pym Tech. Disney is definitely utilizing their huge money-maker Marvel Studios to make their stamp on the films after acquiring the film rights from Paramount in 2009.
Most of the movie, Ant-Man explores the idea of turning things smaller. However, with the help of some size-changing discs at the end of the film, we begin to see some exploring into the world of making small things large, including a Thomas the Tank train and an ant the size of a dog. This somewhat foreshadows the news/rumors that Ant-Man will be turning into Giant-Man in Civil War (Yes, Gi...Ant-Man). Giant-Man or Goliath is another name for Ant-Man when he uses his powers to grow to the size of skyscrapers rather than shrink to the size of an insect.
17) The Microverse
The Subatomic Realm shown in Ant-Man is actually a direct reference to Marvel's Microverse: a realm that Henry Pym describes as being outside of the Reality of Time and Space, and where Scott Lang can't remember anything that happened in it. With the fact that reality, time, space, and presumably mind (four of the six infinity stones) have no real bounds in the microverse, could this be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's answer to escaping the power of the Infinity Gauntlet?
While Kevin Feige has already explained the the reference was unintentional, as the scene was filmed before they got the deal with Sony to include Spider-Man in the MCU, fans are still thrilled with the reference to the superhero that can "jump, that can swing, and that can crawl up walls" referenced at the very end of the movie.
19) The Wasp
For the first time in awhile, we got a really good post-credits stinger.. literally! With confirmation that Hope van Dyne will become the Wasp, everyone is dying with excitement that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will finally see its first super-powered female (unless you count Pepper Pots' short-lived fiery Extremis form).