How will the Avengers defeat the all-powerful Thanos in Avengers: Endgame? If you ask the internet, the answer to that question is easy: Ant-Man will shrink down and enter Thanos’ butt, and once inside, he will return to his normal size or, if he wants to maximize the splash zone, expand into Giant-Man, thus exploding the Mad Titan. This viral theory has gained serious traction, to the point that even Josh Brolin has addressed it.
Another person who has addressed the so-called “Thanus Theory” is astrophysicist and person who tears apart science fiction movies, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. The Cosmos host has some hilarious thoughts about the obstacles such a tactic would present for Ant-Man. Neil DeGrasse Tyson said:
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, perhaps best known for using cold logic and hard science to explain why things in movies wouldn’t work in real life, is here conjecturing about the fecal matter of a fictional alien dictator. Fantastic. He brings up an interesting point too, namely that Thanos is an extra-terrestrial and an ultra-powerful being and venturing inside him could pose some major dangers to Ant-Man.
The Avengers and Ant-Man don’t know exactly how Titanian physiology works, and Thanos especially, as a corrupted and powerful being, may indeed have 'powerful poop.' These are unknown variables, and as Neil DeGrase Tyson said on StarTalk, you don’t want to find yourself in that environment. His comments actually remind me of Armageddon. In that film the heroes too sought to destroy a threat from the inside, describing the asteroid as the “scariest environment imaginable.”
Venturing into Thanos’ butt might turn out to be a suicide mission for Ant-Man. He may be successful, but is his suit built for that? Being exposed to poop that powerful and malicious might be a death sentence, either from a biological standpoint where contact results in an incurable affliction or where the psychological trauma of seeing Thanos’ poop and the inside of his butt is too horrible to comprehend and Ant-Man’s psyche fractures beyond repair as a result of it.
Beyond the potentially fatal nastiness of this theory and strategy, Neil DeGrasse Tyson also believes that it is completely unnecessary and there are easier answers. He went on to say:
‘Whatever it takes’ may not need to mean that Ant-Man has to go in to Thanos himself. We have seen that the Pym tech in the films allows the shrinking and expansion of objects in addition to heroes like Ant-Man and the Wasp. So Ant-Man can just use something else to expand in Thanos instead of going in himself. See if he can borrow Stormbreaker from Thor, or maybe that Hello Kitty Pez dispenser from Ant-Man and the Wasp is still available.
Of course, that leaves things to chance, and this dirty job may be something that Ant-Man has to do himself to ensure that it’s done. You can hear all of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s thoughts on the matter in the video below.
These are just a few of the obstacles Ant-Man could face in order to defeat Thanos. We still don’t know if he has protections in place against such an incursion, and one imagines that if he is aware of it, he can utilize the Space or Reality Stone’s to render the plan useless.
Find out if this theory pans out when Avengers: Endgame opens in theaters on April 26. Check out our 2019 release schedule to keep track of all the biggest movies headed your way this year, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more sophisticated discussions such as this.
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Nick grew up in Maryland has degrees in Film Studies and Communications. His life goal is to walk the earth, meet people and get into adventures. He’s also still looking for The Adventures of Pete and Pete season 3 on DVD if anyone has a lead.