While the superhero’s movies aren’t the biggest box office hits in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man is a huge fan-favorite character, and it’s great news to many that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is arriving earlier than scheduled. 2015’s Ant-Man was a joyous surprise, and 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp doubled down on the fun and inconsequential family-oriented action sequences.
And because of Scott Lang’s general attitude to his role as a superhero and his ex-convict friends, the series and his other appearances are the subjects of some of the funniest MCU memes. Between Scott’s tenure at Baskin-Robbins, the small-scale action sequences, and audiences’ newfound love of ants, there’s some truth to the memes too.
Updated on September 15th, 2022 by Jordan Iacobucci: Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne are returning to the MCU early next year in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which promises to be one of the most important projects in Phase 5. As fans get excited to see any news about the MCU’s two tiniest heroes facing off against the villainous Kang the Conqueror, a few new hilarious memes have come to perfectly describe the franchise.
Scott Lang doesn’t have the best luck, as he was on house arrest in the second movie and is stuck working at an ice cream parlor in the first. Despite having a master’s in electrical engineering, Scott ends up dressed in a pink polo and serving customers at Baskin-Robbins.
However, that may also have something to do with the fact that he’s untrustworthy and any prospective employers would see him as such. But the meme also points out the harsh truth that earning not just a bachelor’s, but even a master’s and post-graduate degree doesn’t guarantee jobs in the current economic climate.
One low-key trend that tends to run through the superhero genre is fight scenes on trains. It isn’t limited to just superhero movies either, as both James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre feature fight scenes inside and on top of trains, and the upcoming Bullet Train is a John Wick-style gun-fu movie set entirely on the mode of transportation.
The meme makes fun of the fact that all of these blockbuster movies have huge, well-crafted, and epic train scenes, but the intense third act of Ant-Man takes place on a toy Thomas the Train set. But ironically, despite the sequence being literally small scale, it’s one of the most meticulous and clever action scenes in the MCU. Its playfulness contribues to the perception that Ant-Man is the best family-friendly superhero movie.
One thing the MCU does better than most other superhero movie franchises is that it brings the actual panels of the comic book to the big screen. One of the best examples is something that Marvel fans never thought they would have seen, not even when The Avengers was a huge success and satisfying payoff.
During the airport sequence in Captain America: Civil War, Hawkeye shoots his bow and arrow while Ant-Man stands on the arrowhead. It’s one of the most exciting moments in a scene that’s jam-packed with exciting moments, and not only is it lifted from a comic book, but it elevates the novelty to an unimaginable cinematic level.
While Ant-Man and the Wasp’s suits have some hilarious and fascinating capabilities, especially as Ant-Man could turn into Giant-Man at this point in the timeline, fans would have been just as happy with a lot less. Luis has a special way of delivering laugh-out-loud funny stories, and as blatant exposition is one of the biggest offenses a film can make, Luis turns that mind-numbing dialogue into something entertaining.
The character recalls stories in a colorful way where everybody he’s imitating speaks exactly in his vernacular and with his limited vocabulary. As Disney is sinking tens of millions of dollars into mesmerizing special effects and huge set pieces, many viewers would happily forego those for more Luis, the lovable, fast-talking ex-con.
One of the last actors fans would have thought would have been cast as a superhero in a Marvel movie is Paul Rudd. Though he had major roles in comedy movies in the 1990s, he was perhaps best known for being a recurring character in Friends, as he played Mike, Phoebe’s fiancé. Going from that to Ant-Man is skipping a few rungs of the Hollywood ladder.
However, Marvel Studios has made a habit out of casting comedy actors as superheroes who haven’t had much experience as leading men, whether it’s casting Chris Pratt as Star-Lord or Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo. But, in fairness, Mike is one of Friends‘ best supporting characters, and his sense of humor isn’t too different from Scott Lang’s.
When it comes to the tone of the Ant-Man series compared to other movies in the MCU, it’s relatively low stakes, even compared to the funnier movies like Thor: Ragnarok. Ant-Man and the Wasp is easily the most playful and inconsequential MCU movie of the 28 films in the universe, and something as lighthearted as the 2018 movie was needed, as it followed the emotionally exhausting Avengers: Infinity War.
But then the post-credit scene appears, which turns up out of nowhere and makes audiences feel like they’ve been hit by a train. During an experiment where Scott ventures into the quantum realm, he gets stuck there when Hope, Hank, and Janet get turned to dust by Thanos.
In the year between Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, fans were speculating to no end how the superhero team would defeat Thanos. One popular Ant-Man rumor spread across the internet like wildfire. Fans believed that Scott would turn into Giant-Man after crawling inside Thanos.
Though it would have made for a hilarious conversation between the electrical engineer and Tony Stark, Scott got really lucky that Tony invented time travel. But in fairness, it’s in keeping with the humor of the Ant-Man series and is a great use of the superhero’s powers.
Ants have always been annoying, whether it’s when a colony disrupts a picnic in a park or when they enter homes on a hot day. But after seeing Ant-Man, nobody would do any such thing, many see the ants in a new light.
Ant-Man did for ants what A Bug’s Life did 17 years earlier, as it depicts the insects as interesting and unique. Scott even names the ants that he feels close to, like Ant-thony in the first movie, which is why it’s surprisingly heartbreaking when the ant gets killed.
Ant-Man and its sequel had genius marketing, such as the poster for the first movie being an entirely blank canvas with just a black dot in the middle of it. But the team got even more creative by creating mini-billboards and leaving them on floors of bars and restaurants.
This meme brilliantly refers to the comedy Zoolander, and has changed the iconic quote, “What is this, a school for ants?!” which the model (Ben Stiller) exclaims when he sees a miniature model of a school. With stunt casting becoming increasingly popular in the MCU, so many fans’ dreams would come true if Stiller had a small role in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
There’s no denying fans’ confusion when Rudd was cast as the titular superhero, but by going through the rigorous Marvel exercise and training leading up to the movie’s production, he grew into the role. On the other hand, Michael Douglas, who plays Hank Pym, doesn’t exactly have the same physique as his comic book counterpart and is a solid 50 years older too.
However, the picture that the meme uses is from a storyline where Hank is currently Ant-Man, and Douglas plays a much older and wiser version of the character in the Marvel movies. And while the casting might have seemed like a huge leap when it was first announced, it’s hard to see anybody playing Hank better than Douglas.
The Ant-Man franchise might deal with superheroes and a bold fictional world of the MCU, but, as this meme points out, the series seems quite content with its heisting roots. It always seems, no matter the film he appears in, that Ant-Man is involved in some sort of heist, with his signature Time Heist even saving the universe in Avengers: Endgame.
Even Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, one of the most exiciting movies of Phase 5, is rumored to have a heist at its center, with Kang sending Scott on a perilous mission to retrieve something that was stolen from him. It would seem, no matter how epic his journeys become, Ant-Man will always save the world with a good, old-fashioned heist.
As news broke about Ant-Man’s involvement in Avengers: Endgame in 2019 and the months preceeding the film’s premiere, fans had one simple theory about how the superhero might defeat Thanos. Now, as one meme points out, this theory is being applied to the new big bad, Kang the Conqueror.
Fans were beffudled to say the least when news broke that Kang would be the main villain of Quantumania, resulting in plenty of hilarious memes of a similar nature. While it is safe to say that Ant-Man likely won’t kill Kang in the way many fans expect, the question remains pertaining to how exactly he will defeat the multiversal supervillain.
If there’s one thing the MCU is terrific at, it’s making seemingly minor lines or props become incredibily meaningful. One Twitter user posts a meme theorizing that the ugly bunny doll Scott gave Cassie in the first Ant-Man film will induce tears by the time Quantumania‘s credits roll.
While there has been little news pertaining to Quantumania‘s plot, many fans have theorized that the film could end with Ant-Man’s tragic death. If this proves to be true, Cassie Lang and every MCU fan would certainly find new emotional weight behind Scott’s gift to his daughter from all those years ago.
One meme on Instagram points out a plot hole with the Ant-Man films, asking how exactly Ant-Man and the Wasp are able to breathe when they shrink. The shrunken heroes would be incapable of breathing oxygen molecules at such a small size, and would realistically suffocate shortly after employing their superpowers.