SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains mild spoilers about Ant-Man and The Wasp Easter eggs. Proceed at your own risk.
Marvel’s newest film Ant-Man and The Wasp is buzzing into theaters this weekend and we did our best capture each and every Easter egg, comic book reference, and film location nod in the film. Did you spot all these?
The Ant-Man films are different than other Marvel films because they don’t film in iconic Marvel locations like Washington D.C., or New York City, they film in San Francisco. This was true of the first film and is true of the second. Here are the recognizable San Francisco landmarks we caught in the film.
Lombard Street: One of the funniest scenes in the film takes place during a car chase through San Francisco’s downtown area. This scene in particular saw multiple cars crash down San Francisco’s windiest street, Lombard.
Pier 39: The final battle takes place here with Giant Man in pursuit of Hank Pym’s tech. He may owe the city of San Francisco some money for the damage he did here.
Coit Tower: Coit Tower can be seen a few times throughout this film. This iconic stone tower is recognizable to anyone who has lived or visited the city by the bay.
Salesforce Tower: The newest and tallest building to grace the downtown skyline, this building was actually still under construction during the film’s production in 2017. It officially opened in 2018.
Blue and Gold Fleet: The car chase mentioned above ends in Pier 39, with Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) getting onto the Blue and Gold Ferry. Ant-Man grows to Giant Man to stop the Ferry and hilarity ensues.
Movie & TV References
Marvel movies often reference other movies. Spider-Man’s Empire Strikes Back AT-AT walker takedown of Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War is just one example of a movie reference in a Marvel film. Ant-Man and the Wasp continues this fine tradition by not just quoting another film, but by actually showing it on screen.
Animal House: While Scott is under house arrest, he has time to watch a lot of films and television shows. In one scene, Scott is watching Animal House, see the clip above. Donald Sutherland and Tom Hulce are discussing particle physics and the idea that an entire universe can fit inside of an atom. This is a perfect clip for Ant-Man and The Wasp because it references the Quantum Realm.
Bud Light Commercial: Wassup! Who can forget the memorable Budweiser tagline from the late ’90s. Luis references the commercial in the film.
Them!: Towards the end, the black and white film featuring giant ants was the 1954 sci-fi classic Them! The first “big bug” film ever made is paid homage to briefly.
Every Marvel movies find a way to pay homage to the comics in some way. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, they did so by introducing the film’s villain, Ghost, and her pseudo-father, Goliath.
Ghost: Born Ava Star, Ghost gained her ability to become intangible after being exposed to quantum energy. She is in a constant state of molecular displacement, which is slowly killing her. In the comics, she was a hacker. Her role changed in the film, as she was recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. for her stealth-like abilities.
Goliath: William “Bill” Foster was a former colleague of Hank Pym’s. He became a professor at U.C. Berkeley. after his work with Hank in S.H.I.E.L.D. When Hank and Janet were superheroes, Bill went by the name Goliath, because he could grow to near giant sizes.
Elihas Star: Elihas is Ava’s father and experimented with quantum energy. He and his wife Catherine were killed during an explosion at his lab. The incident left young Ava in her current state of Quantum Flux. In the comics, Star was a known villain of Ant-Man’s.
Baba Yaga: In the film, Kurt believes that the Ghost is actually a spirit called Baba Yaga. In the comics, the Baba Yaga is a real character. Her comic book history is closely tied with Captain Britain and Colossus.
Ant-Man and The Wasp is the 20th film in the MCU. While it is more of a stand-alone film, it clearly connects to various films in the franchise.
Captain America: Civil War: In Ant-Man and The Wasp, Scott is put on house arrest because of his involvement with Captain America. By helping Cap protect Bucky during the events of Civil War, he was in violation of the Sokovia Accords. Hank and Hope are also on the run because of Scott’s actions.
Avengers: Infinity War: This film takes place three days before the events of Infinity War. While Scott is not aware of Thanos or his plan for the gems, he knows something has gone horribly wrong when he loses contact with Hank, Janet, and Hope while in the Quantum Realm. Spoiler alert: they’ve been dusted.
Stan Lee: No modern Marvel movie would be complete without a cameo from Stan Lee!
Ant-Man and the Wasp is currently in theaters.