It’s not much of a surprise anymore that the Avengers have a – well, let’s just call it a "presence" right now – in the upcoming Ant-Man movie. And while you will be caught up in the surprise of the sequence, there’s more that you have to pay attention to. But I still want to point out that this might be a mild spoiler for Ant-Man, in case you want to bail now before we get into it. I’ll even put the story under this photo.
So, there’s a great scene in Ant-Man where Paul Rudd’s hero is sent on a mission as part of his training. Only, instead of infiltrating a deserted facility, it turns out he has to access the Avengers’ new training center. And during the mission, he encounters Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie. But while your eyes are popping at the sight of an unexpected Marvel crossover, Marvel President Kevin Feige says that there is more going on in that scene than you might have realized. He tells Fandango:
If you were to freeze the frame when Ant-Man is flying over the Avengers facility, there are new landmarks and buildings in that frame that you won’t see until Captain America: Civil War."
It does happen fast. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) descends from the clouds on the back of a flying ant, and notices that the building in question actually belongs to the Avengers. After that, he starts to feel his way around, eventually encountering the Falcon.
What could the "landmarks and buildings" be? Well, when last we left the Avengers at the end of Age of Ultron, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) were heading up a new iteration of the superhero fighting team that included the Vision (Paul Bettany), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and War Machine (Don Cheadle). But they also appeared to have a class of soldiers that were training at the facility, running laps and perhaps preparing to be part of the Avengers’ global protection system. Because, you know, Ultron was a failure, so Captain America is going to need another strategy.
The new buildings could be bunks, or training stadiums, or "Danger Room" type arenas where Cap’s new crew hones their skills. But the exciting part is that we will find out more about them in Captain America: Civil War. You will also hear more about The Winter Soldier in Civil War… and even in Ant-Man. But really, I’ve said too much already. Just go see Marvel’s latest when it opens in theaters on July 17.