Yes, it may be a year and a half since Avengers: Endgame debuted in cinemas but that doesn’t mean Marvel fans have stopped theorizing about it and dissecting it, and the ramifications it will have on Marvel movies to come. But there was also room for speculation about things that happened when the cameras were ‘off’, so to speak.
Because of its sheer size, and the amount of story it needed to wrap up, Endgame was always going to leave things to the imagination. And yes, those behind the movie are human and mistakes are made.
One mistake was the inclusion of two Ant-Men during the final battle scene, which given there’s only one Scott Lang, made no sense. Most people assumed it was just a mistake, but thanks to one Redditor, that mistake has been given an explanation that, while totally not true, is pretty great.
The moment comes when Scott Lang is attempting to hot-wire his time-van with Hope van Dyne, but you can also see him in his giant-size battling Thanos’ forces. Given that we actually see Scott in the van, the Giant-Man must be someone else, but who?
The theory posits that the person in the suit is none other than Scott’s BFF and partner in crime, Luis. The timing (which is already wibbly-wobbly in Endgame) checks out.
We have to presume Luis wasn’t snapped for this theory to work which, given that Michael Peña himself had no idea what his character’s fate was, is an okay assumption to make. We also have to assume that at some point ‘off-camera’, Lang checked in on his bestie.
This is when Lang discovers that Luis has, in the intervening five years in which Lang was trapped in the quantum realm, gotten his hands on an Ant-Man suit somehow. (In the Ant-Man movies, Luis expressed the desire to have one for himself, so it isn’t super far fetched.)
Scott would at some point fill Luis in on the Avengers’ Time Heist plan, and at this point, Luis wouldn’t want to sit back and just watch his friend potentially die. Again. So Luis heads to the New Avengers’ compound just as Thanos and his forces arrive.
Like a good side-kick, Luis dons his Ant-Man suit to go into combat with Thanos’ forces (in particular, he lands a solid punch against Leviathan and we know from the Ant-Man movies that Luis has a mean left hook). Through the helmet, he hears Lang’s call for help, and it’s Luis, not lang, who rescues Hulk, War Machine, and Rocket (along with an invisible-to-the-naked-eye Scott Lang).
There’s so much chaos going on in the fight, and given how quickly a tiny Ant-Man can travel, it’s reasonable to assume the Avengers didn’t notice two Ant-Men. And when the battle winds down, and Iron Man makes his ultimate sacrifice, Luis decides it’s better to leave than to raise more eyebrows and have to explain himself to the grief-ridden Avengers.
Of course, this theory is a total pipe dream, but it’s one that we can’t help but enjoy. If Marvel wanted to somehow make it canon, there’s always a way. The Redditor suggests that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania could open with a patented Luis soft jazz voiceover recap of his experience with the suit, and to prepare us for what’s to come.
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