Ant-Man (aka Scott Lang) wasn’t even in Avengers: Infinity War, so why was Ant-Man actor Paul Rudd among the select few to know ahead of time that the movie would end on a heartbreaking, finger-snapping cliffhanger?
In a new sit-down with Marvel to promote the home release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Rudd said his role as a co-writer on both Ant-Man movies opened up access to hidden corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially on those concurrently developing films, like Infinity War, that accompany Ant-Man and the Wasp at the tail end of the MCU’s third phase.
“I knew about it before Infinity War,” he confided recently to Marvel’s Earth’s Mightiest Show Bonus. “I knew about it because I’m one of the writers on the [Ant-Man] script, and so I was, uh, aware of some of the things that we saw in Infinity War.”
Without naming names, Rudd also said he likes to think being entrusted with the secret foreknowledge of one of the biggest moments in MCU history has at least something to do with his reputation for keeping his mouth nice and shut. “I’m pretty good at keeping it a secret,” he said. “I have friends who wanna know what’s gonna happen — and I don’t say a word.”
Befitting the kind of secrecy that comes with sitting on classified info about Thanos’ intentions with the stone-encrusted Infinity Gauntlet, Rudd likened being a part of Marvel’s inner creative circle to holding a high-level security clearance. “I feel like I’m being let in on some government secrets,” he confided. “It’s a strange sensation to know these things, and to know that very few people in the world know this.”
Sadly, there’s no mention in the interview of what secrets Rudd might be holding onto for Avengers 4 — including whether Ant-Man will join the Avengers to clean up the ashy mess that Thanos made. It’s a mess that reverberated beyond the confines of Infinity War, as Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne, and Hope Van Dyne also succumb to Thanos’ life-erasing powers at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
It’s almost enough to make you wish that Marvel would share some of its biggest pre-spoilers with some of the MCU’s more loose-lipped stars — you know, people like Chris Pratt and Tom Holland. In the meantime, you can finally start hunting for buried Avengers 4 clues in Rudd’s latest MCU outing starting today: Ant-Man and the Wasp is now available on digital streaming platforms, and will release to Blu-ray on Oct. 16.