What is THANUS? Thanos Butt Theory resurfaces, and guess who came up with it in the first place
'Avengers: End Game' is probably an all-time favourite of us all. A million speculations on a possible alternative ending, and character deaths that left us bawling. And quite a few fan theories that made rounds and had the internet in splits.
Months before the release of 'Avengers: Infinity War', a bizarre fan theory had started doing the rounds of the internet where Ant-Man, after shrinking himself, was supposed to go up Thanos’ butt and explode him from the inside.
A number of fan theories were making rounds before the release of the movie but one theory that stood out was Thanos Butt Theory. The theory gained momentum in 2019 right before the release of 'Avengers: Endgame' and had its directors, as well as cast, react to it. The concept of Ant-Man crawling up Thanos’ ass was out there, floating around far corners of the internet. But the theory made it to Twitter just a few days after 'Infinity War'.
During 'The Graham Norton Show', Paul Rudd who plays Ant-Man stated, "A lot of people have asked me recently if I shrink down and go… into Thanos, in a certain orifice, and then grow giant size. But why not the ear or the nose? Why does it have to be that? " Later, on the Hot Ones challenge, he had said, “I consider it a lost opportunity”.
The theory went so wild and popular that it is now believed that it could be incorporated into the 'Avengers: Quantum Encounter'. A video has gone viral from the 'Avengers: Quantum Encounter' dining adventure aboard the Disney Wish cruise ship, where Ant-Man can be heard saying, “Hi, I'm Scott Lang, but you might know me as Ant-Man... Look, before we start, let me address the elephant in the room. There's a lot of chatter out there asking why I didn't shrink down, go in and uh... kill Thanos in a really creative way. First of all, gross. Secondly, it's much more complicated than that. Allow me to explain...” He is then interrupted by The Wasp who clearly thinks the conversation is going to a different zone and it needs to be stopped before kids heard anything.
In July 2017, when Marvel fans knew little about Infinity War beyond its promise of an Avengers-Thanos showdown, Reddit users began to brainstorm some of the “worst ways to they can stop Thanos.” The theories included Thanos dying of natural calamities or even Hulk borrowing Ant-Man’s suit, shrink down, crawl into Thanos’s mouth and explode in his digestive system. This is when some fans wondered, suggesting that Ant-Man could, and should, do it himself. This idea was reinforced when another Reddit user made a poster and uploaded it to the Marvel subreddit in December 2017 on how Ant-Man could crawl into Thanos’s ear and simply destroy him from inside his head.
The tweet that started it
When 'Infinity War' released, fans noticed that Ant-Man was missing. In fact, Marvel didn’t reveal Ant-Man’s whereabouts until July 2018, when one of Ant-Man and the Wasp’s end credits scenes showed that he’s trapped inside the quantum realm. So in the period between Infinity War’s release and that of the Ant-Man sequel, fans are forced to draw their own conclusions. This is around the time when Filmgloss’s tweet started gaining velocity garnering more than 11,000 retweets and 30,000 likes. Filmgloss tweeted about the Butt Theory stating, "Marvel saw the post about how ant man could defeat thanos by crawling into his a** and instantly growing in size and that’s why they didn’t put him in the movie, send tweet".
From there, it even made its way to Paul Rudd himself, when a journalist asked him about it during the Ant-Man and the Wasp press tour. Rudd expressed his doubts that such a plan would work also callig it gross. How keen are you in seeing this theory come to life?