Warning: this article contains the lowdown on a certain character's introduction to the MCU in Ant-Man. If you don't want to know anything about it, leave! But if the last film of Phase 2 has already graced your eyes, come in! Come in.
Imagine being offered the honor of directing the first MCU movie with the first bonafide reference for, arguably, Marvel's biggest and most renowned character?
You'd be right in guessing that Peyton Reed must've had a smile as wide as Spider-Man's swinging radius when Marvel Studios handed him the opportunity to welcome the web-crawler to the MCU in Ant-Man! Pretty overjoyed, but with that comes a monumental amount of stress.
At the close of the film when Falcon (Anthony Mackie) is attempting to track down Scott Lang, in conversation with someone, he describes Ant-Man's abilities - a guy that can get really small. In retort the person states that Falcon should be more specific because:
"We’ve got one that jumps, we’ve got one that swings, we’ve got one that crawls up the walls."
Which is blatantly a reference to a Spider-Man who has always been operating in the background of the MCU, but as more of a myth or mystical being of sorts to the populous at the time. But you better believe that the Avengers have young Spidey on their radar.
How the Reference Came to Be
A few months back, Marvel king Kevin Feige attempted to persuade fans that the Spidey reference was just a generic, throwaway line that was written before the Marvel/Sony deal was struck:
"When that was shot, that was before the whole [Spider-Man] thing had happened. It really was just her listing relatively generic powers leading into Falcon saying, ‘I’m looking for someone who shrinks.’ Now that the Spider-Man deal has been announced, it takes on a different connotation."
But after the movie dropped and people promptly lost their s**t, Reed had a very different take on how the reference came about:
"It was something that very late in the game happened. We had those conversations about, 'Are we going to deal with it in our movie?
Should we deal with it in our movie and if so, how?' We liked the idea of just dropping a little, tiny reference toward the end of the movie."
Here's a snippet of Reed's interview with CB's Brandon Davis:
What did you guys make of the reference?
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