Right from its early days, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been notorious for hiding Easter Eggs across its various films. While it all started in a low-key manner with the mention of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the original Iron-Manfilm in 2008, the inter-linked nature of MCU soon became prominent with teases of more superheroes and supervillains being shown, who would later appear in other MCU films. Courtesy of smaller roles for characters like Hawkeye, Thanos or Spider-Man, Marvel has been setting up a long-term game and introducing things which were set to play massive roles after many years.
Therefore, it is not surprising to find out that the same is also true for the latest film from MCU, Ant-Man and The Wasp. Right from the time the trailers for the Ant-Man sequel came out, it was clear that Laurence Fishburne would appear as a scientist and Hank Pym’s ex-partner on a Project named G.O.L.I.A.T.H. and now it is clear that this links to the character of Bill Foster (Fishburne) to the world of Tony Stark.
You might not remember, but, the project was first referred in Iron-Man 2 although in an extended scene which was available only with the home release of the movie.
Project G.O.L.I.A.T.H. was discussed during a scene where Tony Stark discovered a new element that was capable of replacing the palladium core of his arc reactor. As you might recall, the scene had Tony staring at a hologram of his father’s miniature replica of the Stark Expo, where Tony studies the schematics to uncover the theory of a new element discovered by his father. However, in the extended scene, he told J.A.R.V.I.S. specifically. “Tap the Oracle grid,” he tells his A.I. system. “I need some things out of storage. Give me everything from Projects P.E.G.A.S.U.S., E.X.O.D.U.S. and G.O.L.I.A.T.H.”
It would be logical for Tony Stark to stay updated with the Project G.O.L.I.A.T.H. since Hank Pym and Bill Foster were working on it for S.H.I.E.L.D. The project that the two scientists worked on had them use Pym Particles to increase their body mass to a gigantic 21 feet in height. As seen in the 2016’s Ant-Man, Hank Pym used to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. in the 1980s, at the same time as Howard Stark. Whether Stark’s files were given to Pym by Nick Fury or courtesy of S.H.I.E.L.D. data, Stark knew the possibilities of this project and of the science being used. Due to the fact that Pym Particles were experimental science, Stark might have evaluated it to discover more about how to create the new element that he was so desperate to prepare.
Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. was also seen in the 2012 film The Avengers. Under the leadership of Erik Selvig, P.E.G.A.S.U.S. was a project where the scientist and his team studied the powers of the Tesseract. Now, six years down the line, we finally see the G.O.L.I.A.T.H. become a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, E.X.O.D.U.S. hasn’t yet been fully revealed. It might come to light in the Captain Marvel or some other future film.
In the world of Marvel, you can’t just predict when and how a certain Easter Egg will become prominent. We came to understand the Project G.O.L.I.A.T.H. eight years after its first mention, that too in a deleted scene. However, this also demonstrates how far ahead Marvel plans its movies. It is such a finely inter-woven fabric which makes the MCU so successful and entertaining, even after ten years.
Ant-Man and The Wasp is currently running in theaters, and the movie 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.