Could The Ant-Man Thanos Butt Theory Defeat Kang? Paul Rudd Responds
Paul Rudd has preempted fans who may potentially look to theorize whether the infamous “Thanus” theory could be used to defeat Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Before Avengers: Endgame was released in 2019, fans spent a great deal of time speculating how the Avengers could possibly defeat Thanos following the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War. One of the more bizarre yet entertaining theories posited that Rudd’s Ant-Man could shrink down, sneak into Thanos via his rear end, and kill the Mad Titan by enlarging himself from the inside.
Dubbed the “Thanus” theory, the idea quickly spread across the internet, prompting a wild assortment of memes and other off-color jokes. The theory became so popular that Rudd himself directly addressed it in character as Scott Lang for an interactive video shown as part of the Disney Wish cruise ship. Amazon’s The Boys would also parody the concept in truly graphic fashion during their season 3 premiere.
Now, Rudd addresses the theory once more, this time in the context of Marvel’s next big bad, Kang the Conqueror. Speaking to ET following the release of the Ant-Man 3 trailer, Rudd acknowledges that some fans consider the Thanus theory “a missed opportunity” and jokingly suggests that those who are keen to see the move put into action “just have to see the next one.” He also isn’t sure Kang could be defeated in such a manner, saying “I gotta assume all parts of him are tough. » Check out his full comments below:
I know what you’re talking about, a way to kill Thanos. And that some people consider it a missed opportunity. Well, I guess you’ll just have to see the next one. I don’t know if you can take Kang out that way either, Kang’s pretty tough, and I gotta assume all parts of him are tough.
Marvel fans first met Majors as the Kang variant He Who Remains in the Loki season 1 finale. While that variant was a much more peaceful iteration of the character, the Kang audiences will meet in Quantumania is likely to be a far more formidable foe than the former creator of the TVA. A master of time travel who can access all parts of the time stream, and someone who is in possession of almost unprecedented levels of intelligence, Quantumania’s Kang should prove himself more than a match for Rudd’s incredible shrinking superhero.
While it is not clear whether the Kang variant which appears in Quantumania will be the same one to eventually appear in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, the events of the next Ant-Man film will almost certainly establish his character as an Avengers-level threat beyond that posed by Thanos himself. Without the benefit of his fellow Avengers beside him, Scott Lang’s Ant-Man will certainly be hard-pressed to find a way to survive his encounter with the MCU’s next overarching villain, even with the highly unlikely Thanus manoeuvre at his disposal. The stakes of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania are sure to test Scott Lang in ways he has never been tested before.