Luis, Scott Lang's former cellmate and current business partner, has stolen every scene he's graced since he first appeared onscreen in 2015's Ant-Man. As played by Michael Peña, Luis is the fast-talking, boisterous comic relief in the MCU's comic-relief films, Ant-Man and this past weekend's Ant-Man and the Wasp, which premiered in theaters on July 6. While Paul Rudd's titular hero is a delightful goof, smiling his way through the Quantum Realm and embodying Michelle Pfeiffer in one particularly memorable scene, Luis has always been the one to truly delight fans and provide a laugh.
In Ant-Man and the Wasp, MCU fans were treated to Luis' attempts to start a business, the appropriately titled X-Con Security Consultants, which employs ex-convicts as private security consultants. In a post-Captain America: Civil War world, Luis' best buddy Scott has been on house arrest for 2 years, helping Luis build the endeavor. Seeing as Luis was once arrested for stealing two (yes, two) smoothie machines, he's come a long way. But just because he's a business owner now doesn't mean he's any less delightful.
In honor of Luis' dominating on-screen presence, we've decided to pay tribute to his best, funniest moments in the MCU. Given that Luis doesn't appear outside of the Ant-Man films, this list only contains scenes from Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp, but it's still packed with some of the funniest moments in the MCU, all courtesy of storyteller extraordinaire Luis.
A special mention before we begin: Literally any story that Luis tells in Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp is perfect. Whether it's the story of how Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) tracked Scott down to join Steve Rogers' Avengers faction pre-Civil War or filling Scott in on a new job, Luis' over-the-top, unnecessary details are always good for a laugh.
And now, without further ado, here are the five funniest Luis moments in the MCU.
"Back it up."
On their way to help save the day in Ant-Man, Luis, Dave (T.I.), and Kurt (David Dastmalchian) run into a police blockade. This funny moment has nothing to do with the overall plot, but Peña's spot-on delivery. It's funny in the kind of way you expect your friends to be. Luis is never overly clever or dropping one-liners — he's awkward and energetic and just here to have a good time. In a world of heroes, someone has to know when to back it up.
"Because we just robbed you."
After Luis, Scott, and the gang "break into" Hank Pym's house to try to steal whatever's in the old man's fancy safe, Hank (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) bring them back for a business opportunity. Bright-eyed and nervous as always, Luis laughs his way through several jokes about the unlikelihood of ever being invited back to a place they'd just robbed. Hank and Hope are less than charmed — luckily, though, audiences everywhere loved it.
Ant-Man and the Wasp calls back to this scene by having Luis grin his way through a reminder to Dr. Pym that they once robbed him, and now he's coming to them for help. It's all very circular.
As we've already covered, Luis' habit of filling silence can be endearing and even helpful in certain situations. Adding the "not a truth serum truth serum" from Ant-Man and the Wasp to Luis' motormouth was probably not the best idea an MCU villain has ever had; the dude just does not know when to stop talking. What results is a weird kind of high and a verbal mishmash of too many thoughts, and it's perfect.
"That's like some David Copperfield s***."
For the most part, Luis is weirdly calm when Scott first shrinks in front of him. Actually, he's amazed — he seems to think it's a magic trick until he finds his miniaturized buddy crawling around on his shoulder. That's when the screaming and running begins. That's maybe the best part about Luis; sure, he's a criminal with a less-than-savory penchant for taking stuff that doesn't belong to him, but he's just as easily freaked out as the rest of us. In a world inhabited by superhumans, Luis' frankly normal reactions to weird things is refreshing.
The human jukebox
Luis' storytelling skills are legendary. Anyone who watched Ant-Man probably assumed we'd be getting more overly detailed tales from Luis in Ant-Man and the Wasp and they were not disappointed. The hallmark Luis story in Ant-Man and the Wasp comes from Luis' time with Sonny Burch, in which he regales the villain with the story of how he and Scott met in prison on his way to the point. Sonny, unaccustomed to Luis' preference for oversharing, interrupts.
"You put a dime in him, you gotta let the whole song play out," Dave warns, to which Kurt helpfully explains, "He's like a human jukebox." Never before has Luis' unbridled enthusiasm been so well described. Plus, it's just nice to hear the origins of Luis and Scott's killer friendship.
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