Paul Rudd has revealed that he learned some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's biggest secrets long before his Avengers: Endgame co-stars did. Apparently, Rudd knew about the dramatic ending of 2018's Avengers: Infinity War ahead of time.
Joining the MCU in 2015 for Peyton Reed's Ant-Man, Rudd had a small part in Captain America: Civil War and went on to share joint billing with Evangeline Lilly for 2018's Ant-Man and the Wasp. Despite Scott Lang sitting out Infinity War, Rudd is expected to play a major part in Endgame and the original Avengers' mission to stop Thanos.
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Speaking about when he learned of Infinity War's shocking finale and Thanos snapping half of the galaxy from existence in "The Decimation," Rudd told Digital Spy, "I knew about it early on because when we were writing Ant-Man, I had to know about these things."
"I had to know about some stuff in the future because we were going to have to address it in some way," Rudd said, referring to the snap that wiped out half of the MCU. "I remember hearing about it and thinking, 'Oh wow, that's gonna be major,' and then years later, lo and behold..."
It's interesting to note that the site isn't sure which Ant-Man movie the 50-year-old he is referring to. Given the mid-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp and Lang being trapped in the Quantum Realm, it would make sense for him to be talking about last year's movie.
That being said, it's strange that he specifically mentioned Ant-Man. Considering Reed's 2015 movie first introduced fans to the Quantum Realm, it's entirely possible Rudd knew about Infinity War's shocking twist many years ago.
There are various theories on how the Quantum Realm will fit into Avengers: Endgame, with evidence pointing to time travel and the Avengers trying to gather the Infinity Stones before the Mad Titan. Either way, it sounds like Rudd can keep a secret much better than his spoiler-prone co-stars like Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau and Bradley Cooper, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Brolin. The film arrives April 26.