How This NSFW Ant-Man and Thanos Theory Became MCU Canon

When the first preview voyages of Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Wish, took to the ocean, some interesting and slightly disturbing information about the Marvel Cinematic Universe was given to the world. During the Worlds of Marvel Cooking Experience, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Evangeline Lilly (Wasp) appear in a pre-recorded presentation to demonstrate quantum science. Of course, not before Rudd’s Scott Lang puts his foot in his mouth.

As previously reported, Lang touches on a fan-favorite MCU theory. Why didn’t Ant-Man just shrink, step into Thanos’ butt, and then grow giant, eliminating the mad titan? “I heard a lot of chatter asking why I didn’t shrink, kill Thanos in a really creative way,” he said in the video. “First, rude. Second, it’s a lot more complicated than that.” Of course, that’s where Wasp cuts it.

How, exactly, did this end up in a Disney-sanctioned piece of MCU canon? Oddly enough, you can thank Loki executive producer Michael Waldron for that.

Speaking to GameSpot while on a preview cruise aboard the Disney Wish, Walt Disney Imagineering Senior Creative Director Danny Handke walked us through the process.

“The direction and the script come from Imagineering. We’re developing it and we have a partner at Marvel Studios, whose name is Dave Bushore,” he explained. “We usually bring in a Marvel writer to polish the script and it turned out that [Loki executive producer] Michael Waldron. Kevin [Feige] brought in Michael specifically to help work out some of the jokes and he added the Thanos joke.”

At first, Handke and his team weren’t sure they’d even be allowed to do this particular joke. However, it ultimately made sense in terms of the story being told. Said Handke, “It’s one of [Scott’s] first speeches after Endgame. So how would that be? It’s public now, more people know who Ant-Man is. We saw Avengers Con on the first episode of Ms. Marvel and he has a podcast.”

Once the joke made sense, in terms of the story being told, the team moved on to Rudd. After all, it was all for nothing if he didn’t want to make the joke. Luckily he was on board – having done a bit of work on the delivery himself.

“When we went to see Paul, Paul wrote it up in his own words, and that’s how it goes,” Handke said. “In a very Pauline way he delivered it so beautifully and Evangeline’s reaction to it was just priceless.”

In addition to Ant-Man and Wasp, a number of other MCU characters appear in the Worlds of Marvel experience, all via video screen. The event sees Captain America (Anthony Mackie), Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani) and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) all show up to help take down an invasion of Ultron robots, who are voiced by The Walking Dead star Ross Marquand . Marquand previously voiced Ultron in Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, with Marvel’s What If…? Disney+ series.

Worlds of Marvel is an exclusive experience for passengers on the Disney Wish cruise ship.

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