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Yes, Paul Rudd Has Heard About THAT Avengers: Endgame Theory & He Doesn’t Seem to Love It

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Of all the myriad Avengers: Endgame theories out there, by far the best–or at least the most creative–is the so-called “Thanus” theory. In case you’ve somehow managed to miss it, the Thanus theory posits that the way the Avengers will beat Thanos in the next film is by sending Ant-Man inside of Thanos via his lower deck, and once inside the villain, Ant-Man will then expand into Giant-Man, the extra-large alter-ego we saw him become in Captain America: Civil War.

The theory first popped up on Reddit and has since spread like crazy. We’ve gotten a Thanus musical anthem and people are finding “proof” of the theory’s potential anywhere they can.

Even Paul Rudd himself has heard the theory. During a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Graham made Rudd explain the concept to the audience and the other guests (Chris Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, and Kit Harrington) and he seems less than comfortable.

“That would do it,” Norton and Thor agree. To which Rudd asks the usual questions: “Why not the ear or the nose? Why does it have to be … ?” Norton doesn’t think just exploding Thanos’ head would be as effective and Rudd agrees that “scientifically, you’re right” about that.

This isn’t the first time Rudd had had to address this particular theory. It’s come up in numerous interviews, starting all the way back during the Ant-Man & the Wasp press tour, and he was clearly no more comfortable with the theory back then.

Others have weighed in on this theory, too. The Russo brothers appear to love it.

The Russo Brothers made their Instagram icon a tribute to one wild Thanos theory.

image: Instagram

Josh Brolin (aka Thanos) also made a not-so-subtle allusion to the theory.

Even Neil deGrasse Tyson, the master of ruining our enjoyment of movies with his hyper-literal scientific analysis, has weighed in. He points out the obvious: that that wouldn’t be the most pleasant job for Ant-Man. Thanos, as a powerful and evil guy, probably has especially “powerful, evil poop.” And if the plan is to send something into Thanos that can expand, why not send some other quantum object? Why does it have to be Scott?

I guess we’ll have to wait to find out.

I know we’re all excited for Endgame, but I wonder if anyone is more excited than Paul Rudd, since once the movie premieres, he’ll (probably) get to stop talking about going into Thanos’ butt.

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.