I can count the number of comic books I owned as a kid on one hand. I grew up with Superman, Batman, Spiderman; pretty much any hero with “m-a-n” at the end of their name. In the 70s and 80s, there were plenty of comic books, but not as many comic book movies. Even when we were treated to a super-hero film, the technology had not caught up yet with the god-like capabilities commandeered by our favorite, fantastic characters.
Fast-forward 40 years, comic books fans, affectionately known as fanboys, can now enjoy the perfect storm of their favorite heroes on screen thanks to CGI-computer generated imagery. Since 2008, I have been enamored with the technology that makes the likes of Ironman, Thor, and Captain America actually seem plausible.
April 26th brought Marvel fans the conclusion of the Infinity War; Endgame. One prevailing question was, “How will the villain Thanos be defeated?” Of course, the internet provided several theories. The theory that gained the most traction and went viral involved Ant-Man saving the universe from the big purple bad guy. Ant-Man has the ability to manipulate his cellular structure; which means he can make himself really small or really large.
Marvels’ Endgame has been playing for a while, so chances are if you wanted to see it, you’ve seen it by now. For two years, internet users propagated the theory that Thanos’ demise would come as a result of having “Ant-Man in his pants” so to speak.
As crazy as it sounds, if you are a fanboy, you are aware that the comic book canon actually has a storyline involving a version of Captain Marvel literally getting inside Thanos’ brain. Since Marvel decided to make all of their films suitable for a PG-13 rating, Ant-Man causing Thanos a Greek-god size case of indigestion just wouldn’t work. In today’s world of end-credit scenes, Blue-Ray bonus scenes and DVD alternate endings, hope springs eternal for the comic book faithful.