Any Marvel fan worth his or her salt knows that you shouldn't leave the theater immediately when the credits start rolling, because there will be at least one additional scene that pops up after the movie appears to be over. And sometimes there are even two scene. Avengers: Age of Ultron only had one such scene, which essentially set up Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. The villainous Thanos (Josh Brolin) is seen picking up the Infinity Gauntlet, stating he will take care of things (i.e. collect the Infinity Stones) himself. While fans weren't treated to a second scene in that movie, this weekend's Ant-Man features two fantastic credit cookies, both of which help set up the future of the MCU in different ways. There will be SPOILERS for Ant-Man below, so read on at your own risk.
Last month, producer Kevin Feige confirmed that Janet Van Dyne, a.k.a. The Wasp, is featured in a brief flashback sequence in Ant-Man. In the comics, both Janet and her husband Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) were founding members of The Avengers, but that isn't exactly the case in this movie, where the Avengers are already assembled. Throughout most of the movie, Hank's semi-estranged daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) resents her father for choosing a criminal like Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to don his precious Ant-Man suit, even though she is clearly more capable of handling the technology. And fans watching the movie will question Hank's motives as well. Towards the end of the film, Hank comes clean, admitting to Hope that he didn't want to put her in the Ant-Man suit because he lost his wife, her mother Janet, on a mission where she was wearing the Wasp suit.
The first end credits scene features Hank showing Hope a secret chamber that houses a new Wasp suit that both Hank and Janet were designing for Hope, before Janet passed. Hope smiles and says, "It's about time," as the scene comes to an end. This teases that Evangeline Lilly, who has been contracted for multiple Marvel movies, could certainly return as The Wasp. Of course, this would be a departure from the comics, where Hope eventually turns into the villainous Red Queen, but it surely wouldn't be the first time the studio strayed from the source material. We don't know when exactly Hope will suit up as Wasp, but we know Paul Rudd's Scott Lang will be featured in Captain America: Civil War, so perhaps she could show up to give Scott a hand.
The second scene has a direct link to Captain America: Civil War, and helps set up why Scott Lang will be a part of this massive superhero adaptation. Ever since the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America (Chris Evans) and his new running buddy Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Falcon (Anthony Mackie) have been trying to track down The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Sam even makes a brief mention of his "missing persons case" during the party scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This second end credits scene shows that Cap and Falcon have in fact found The Winter Soldier, but he is in quite the bind, literally.
While it isn't clear where The Winter Soldier is found, he's seen caught in some sort of a vice contraption, which is clamped down over his metal arm. This is only speculation, but it's possible that The Winter Soldier is starting to become Bucky again, and he wanted to remove this infernal metal limb himself, to no avail. For reasons unknown, Cap says they can't call the rest of the Avengers to help break Bucky free, when Falcon says "I know a guy." The guy he's referring to is, in fact, Scott Lang. Earlier in the movie, while Hank, Scott and the rest of his crew are preparing for their main heist, Scott is tasked with breaking in to what he thought was a warehouse, which has now been turned into the new Avengers facility, where he has an unexpected run-in with Falcon. An amusing battle ensues before Scott's tiny self manages to evade capture by the Falcon, a scene that comes full circle in this second end credits scene.
When Captain America: Civil War started filming a few months ago, many were surprised that Paul Rudd was confirmed to star. Producer Kevin Feige confirmed to /Film that a version of this scene will be featured in Captain America: Civil War, perfectly setting up Scott Lang's introduction to, at least, Captain America, and presumably the rest of the Avengers, perhaps after he helps Cap and Falcon bring The Winter Soldier in. What do you think about the Ant-Man end credits scenes? Is there anything else you noticed that we may have missed?