How Do Falcon And Ant-Man Know Each Other? The Superhero Friends Go Way Back

A new superhero is joining the Avengers for the first time in Captain America: Civil War, and he's got a past with the Falcon. Ant-Man, aka Scott Lang, might be new to this whole superhero thing — he just made his big screen debut in summer 2015 — but he already has an in with Cap's right hand man. In a newly released clip from Civil War, Scott, played by Paul Rudd, is seen meeting Captain America for the first time, along with other Team Cap members Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Falcon. But he and Falcon seem to have a past — so just how do Falcon and Ant-Man know each other?

Falcon and Ant-Man might be fighting on the same side in Civil War, but that's not how they began their working relationship. The two tech-abled superheroes clashed in Ant-Man when Scott broke into the Avengers compound to get a piece of tech to help save the day. Falcon, who was working security by himself, faced off with Ant-Man, and became the first Avenger Scott ever met. After exchanging a few pleasantries, the two fought, with Ant-Man narrowly beating Falcon with his surprising abilities. Or, as Falcon describes it in the Civil War clip: "It was a great audition. But it will never happen again."

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The Falcon-Ant-Man scene was one of the highlights in Ant-Man partly because of the noted Avengers tie-in, but mostly due to the comedic chemistry between the two. According to Falcon himself, Anthony Mackie, their on-screen relationship mirrors what the two actors are like in real life. "Paul Rudd and I just make fun of each other all the time, so it carries over into the movie," Mackie said in an interview with CInemaBlend, adding that their love-hate relationship would continue to develop in Civil War. In fact, if the end-credits scene from Ant-Man is any indication, it's likely that Falcon is the one who puts the call into Scott to ask him to join Team Cap in the first place.

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It doesn't look like Falcon and Ant-Man are going to stop bickering any time soon, and that's probably a good thing. After all, they have so much in common, they really should be BFFs — or at least partners in fighting crime. Both Falcon and Ant-Man are not superheroes by birth or Gamma Rays, their power comes from courage and technology. Iron Man aside, men with tech should stick together (as long as they stay Team Cap). Furthermore, their superhero identities are both tied to animals, so they're basically soul mates.

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I know that Ant-Man and The Wasp is coming up in 2018, but can we just start shipping Ant-Man and Falcon now? (How about #SoaringAnt, anyone?)

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