This article contains spoilers for “Ant-Man.”
The second “Ant-Man” credits sequence is the big one for fans looking to see what Marvel has coming up next. In it, Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Captain America (Chris Evans) have found Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), but are in need of help. That’s when Falcon perks up. He knows a guy, and the audience does too: Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man.
This is clearly a sequence setting up “Captain America: Civil War,” the next movie coming out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But considering the last “Captain America” film, “The Winter Soldier,” ended with Cap and Falcon on the hunt for Bucky, this seems like a substantial jump forward in time.
That’s because it is. While most MCU credits sequences tease the time between films — think Thanos deciding to take matters into his own hands after “Avengers: Age of Ultron” or “Winter Soldier” revealing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch — this one actually jumps partway into “Civil War.” Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirms to Zap2it that the Falcon/Captain America scene actually takes place in the middle of that movie.
“That is photography from that film that will play a part at a certain point in that film,” he explains vaguely.
At least now viewers have some idea how Ant-Man will come to play a part in the events of “Civil War.” The last time that happened in a major way was when Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) found Thor’s hammer at the end of “Iron Man 2.” It took place partway through “Thor,” but it did set the groundwork that the Asgardian superhero was on the way.
“Civil War” is a “Captain America” sequel, but is jam-packed with Avengers. In addition to Captain America, Falcon and Ant-Man, it stars Iron Man, Black Widow, the Vision, Hawkeye, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man and Black Panther. Feige says it’s not going to feel as bursting at the seams as “Avengers: Age of Ultron” did, though.
“‘Civil War’ is a relatively simple story. ‘Ultron’ had a lot going on,” he says. “‘Civil War’ is a surprisingly grounded story about two characters that most audience members have come to know and like and admire finding themselves on different sides of a political argument, like the country does on many occasions, and how they both respond to that. That’s the story. So it’s actually a very, very simple story, and then how their personal relationships fit into that.”
Plot-wise, “Civil War” picks up not long after “Winter Soldier” left off, “continuing Cap’s attempts [with Bucky],” Feige explains. “Can he save his friend? Can he turn the Winter Soldier back into Bucky? Is that even possible? While the Winter Soldier, from most other people’s point of view, is the deadliest, worst assassin of the past 70 years. So some people are like, ‘Cap, you’ve got to let it go. He’s not the guy that you used to know.’ So it’s a surprisingly personal story with a simple and very efficient plot that I think allows all those characters to have a presence and interact in a way that’s different from other films we’ve made.”
This will be the first time Ant-Man interacts with any Avenger other than Falcon, who he didn’t make the best first impression with in “Ant-Man.” He also has the baggage of Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglas) hatred of the Avengers to carry with him into the new movie. Feige teases that hatred will play a part in “Civil War” “as it relates to Hank’s viewpoint — not that [Scott] shares all of Hank’s views — but that will certainly play a part into it.”
The Falcon cameo in “Ant-Man” came about because the movie needed one extra heist scene before diving into the big one, Feige explains.
“We needed a moment where we wanted to add a pre-heist sequence into the movie in later rewrites, and as Adam McKay and Paul Rudd and Peyton Reed were all talking about it, it felt like a good idea for that pre-heist to involve Falcon and involve the Avengers Facility, because we had those tools available to us, because it’s all the same world,” he says.
That’s the same way characters like Netflix resident superheroes Daredevil and the Defenders can potentially enter into the big screen world as well.
“As I said with the pre-heist Falcon example, as more tools go into the creative toolbox, and we’re working on a story and we go, ‘What do we have in here to use?’ The more that’s in there, the more fun it is,” he says. “The more great stuff they do, the more tools we’ll have.”
“Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters on May 6, 2016.