WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp, in theaters now.
One of the main themes running throughout Ant-Man and the Wasp is the relationship between father and daughter. On the one hand, you have Hank Pym and his daughter Hope, while on the other, there's the surrogate father/daughter relationship between Bill Foster and Ava Starr, aka the Ghost. But the most important relationship of both Ant-Man films is undeniably the relationship between Scott Lang and his daughter, Cassie.
In the original Ant-Man movie, almost everything Scott did, from getting out of prison and embracing a life of crime once again to becoming a superhero, was all for Cassie. From the very beginning of Ant-Man and the Wasp, we're reminded of the importance of this relationship by seeing father and daughter play a game of high-stakes heist while Scott is under house arrest. Once again, Scott is trying to do right by his child, reinforcing the relationship that makes Ant-Man one of the most unique superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's that much more rewarding, then, when after two years of house arrest, Scott ends the film a free man, able to spend as much time as he wants with Cassie.
The final scene is an endearing end to a heartwarming film, as Scott, Cassie and Hope enjoy a film at what appears to be the drive-in theater. However, that's not the case at all; all three are actually miniaturized, watching a film on a mobile phone in a scene that is lifted straight from the comic books.
In January 2015, Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas launched a new Ant-Man comic series. The title was meant to bring the focus back on Scott Lang's Ant-Man, considering that the character was set to star in his on Marvel Studios film later that summer. In Issue #1, Scott once again tries to do right by his daughter Cassie, and though he has trouble succeeding in his goal, the issue ends with a final page that sees the both of them miniaturized, watching a movie on the "big screen" of a mobile phone.
This being Marvel Comics, Hope isn't there, and they may not be inside of a car (or watching the same film), but Spencer and Rosanas' sequence appears to be the inspiration behind the final scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp. The relationship between Scott and Cassie is important in both the comics and the movies, and nowhere is it clearer than in this very scene, where Scott uses the abilities that come with his superhero life to give his daughter something special.
In theaters now, director Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and The Wasp stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Randall Park and Walton Goggins.