(Warning: spoilers for Ant-Man and Marvel's Phase 3 follow. Read on at your own risk.)
Ant-Man was an excellent movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it. But because I'm terrible at writing movie reviews, you won't find one here. However, if you want to read a great review for Ant-Man, then make sure to stop by Screen Rant and read their review here: Ant-Man: The Review.
If you've seen Ant-Man, then you know there's lots of Easter eggs and hints at what's to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For example, this movie ended Marvel's Phase 2 and launched Marvel's Phase 3 at the same time. There's several things from Ant-Man that give us an idea of what Marvel's Phase 3 might look like.
When Evangeline Lilly signed onto Ant-Man we had suspicions that she may end up as The Wasp. It turns out we were right. Throughout the movie, Evangeline Lilly plays Hope Van Dyne. Hope Van Dyne is Scott Lang's significant other. So yes, it was only a matter of time before she dawned the famous Wasp costume.
It was the end-credit scene that Hank Pym finally revealed The Wasp suit to Hope. She smiles and then says, "It's about damn time." The Wasp is a key member of the Avengers and ally of Ant-Man. When she'll dawn the supersuit is the question. It could be in Ant-Man 2, or it could be during [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), Avengers: Infinity War, or even Captain Marvel. In any case, I think I can safely say we're all pretty excited to see The Wasp and Ant-Man kick rear together!
Hydra Is Still Around
You thought Hydra was gone. We knew Hydra had infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. ever since the days of World War II. We thought the Avengers had destroyed them in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But for the true Marvel fans who watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we knew that was anything but true. Then Ant-Man rolls along and confirms are fears. Hydra is still alive.
Darren Cross in Ant-Man tries to sell his Yellowjacket suits to Hydra, which is obvious sign that Hydra is still a major threat to the Avengers and the world. Things go sour and a battle breaks out out Pym Tech. We watch in horror as Hydra sneaks off with the Yellowjacket serum.
Who knows what they'll do with the Yellowjacket serum or what they'll be able to do with it. We could see this plot threat pop up anywhere in the future; maybe it'll be brought up in Captain America: Civil War or maybe we won't here about it again until Ant-Man 2. In any case, Hydra's a threat and the Avengers should be worried about them.
Spider-Man Is Already A Friendly Neighborhood Superhero
It was so fast, you may not have seen it, but there's a huge Spider-Man reference in Ant-Man. It occurs when Luis is telling his wacky, comedic story about how Falcon wants Ant-Man as an Avenger. As he's telling the story, he mentions other heroes; heroes who can "climb walls" and "swing". FREAK OUT!
Obviously, this is a clear indicator Spider-Man is alive and saving lives in New York City at the time of Ant-Man. This also means that we'll probably not see Spider-Man's origin story in the new stand-alone movie. Most likely, we'll see Spider-Man for the first time in Captain America: Civil War and maybe in one other Marvel film, before he gets his own movie. Are you excited to see Tom Holland's Spider-Man? It'll be awesome to see him finally by the side of the Avengers.
There's A Spy Among The Avengers
At the end of [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), we saw a new team of Avengers and a snazzy, modern looking Avengers hideout. We learn from Ant-Man, that it was formerly an abandoned S.H.I.E.L.D. warehouse.
Even though it's S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.0, guarded by the Avengers, and watched over by Nicky Fury and Maria Hill, there still spies inside the hideout. How do we know this? When Darren Cross in Ant-Man lays a plan to catch Hank Pym and Scott Lang, he says that he got information from some source about Scott's infiltration of the New Avengers hideout. Could it be Hydra or maybe some other evil organization working undercover? We'll find out, but assume the worst is still to come. This could pop up anywhere in Marvel's Phase 3, and could be as big as Hydra's reveal in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Captain America Has Bucky
At the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier we were left with Falcon and Captain America leaving to hunt down Bucky Barnes. Apparently, it continued through Avengers: Age of Ultron. Well, the hunt ended at the very end of Ant-Man. They have Bucky Barnes and he's going through some serious rehabilitation.
This is HUGE for Captain America: Civil War. Not only can Captain America: Civil War skip the hunt for Bucky Barnes, but it can also start in a place where Bucky is almost himself again. That way Captain America: Civil War can really focus on what it needs to: Captain America vs. Iron Man. Plus, Captain America chooses not to tell Iron Man, which is probably not something Iron Man's going to take lightly. Expect this to be a major instigator for Civil War next year.
Ant-Man Will Be On Team Captain America
In the comics, Hank Pym (the first Ant-Man) joins Team Iron Man. He's for pro-registration; superheroes must become controlled by the government. But nowhere in the comics does Scott Lang's version of Ant-Man join the fray during Civil War. He'll be appearing in Captain America: Civil War, which leaves a lot of people wondering which team he'll join.
My guess? Team Captain America. It appears that Falcon and Captain America are going to enlist Ant-Man's help in rehabilitating Bucky Barnes. So assume Ant-Man will at least start on Captain America's team. I imagine he'll be very pro-registration since he's been hunted down by police and the government for most of his life. Hiding with a bunch of superheroes might be just the ideal type of vacation for someone like Paul Rudd's Scott Lang. We'll find out in just a few short months.
So there you have it! I'm already looking forward to Marvel's action-packed Phase 3. If there's anything I missed, make sure to let me know in the comments!