– WARNING: Spoilers for Ant-Man below. Continue at your own risk –

Since 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done a fantastic job of ensuring that every single one of its films has some sort of tie-in to a bigger world than what each movie contains. From Nick Fury’s appearance in Iron Man, to Thanos putting on the Infinity Gauntlet at end of Age of Ultron, seven years of puzzle pieces are finally starting to come together.

Ant-Man is yet another piece to that puzzle. In the following TV spot below, you can catch a glimpse of how it may fit in:

A new international television spot for Ant-Man reveals that Falcon (played by Anthony Mackie) will appear in the upcoming Marvel film – although how and when and in what capacity is still unclear. Rumours of the character’s appearance have been circulating for a while now, but this is the first time we’re getting official confirmation of Falcon’s involvement.

Falcon made his first appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and briefly reprised his role in this year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Viewers will recall that by the end of the Avengers
sequel, Falcon was being positioned as one of the main new Avengers team members as we enter Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’ll show up again in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War (as will Ant-Man!).

There isn’t much context yet – Falcon pops up for just a split second in a quick-cut montage – but we figured it’s a setup for bringing Ant-Man into the fold for Civil War.

And speaking of cameos, a recent viral video for Ant-Man also helps connect Avengers: Age of Ultron to the new Marvel film. Check out this “news report” featuring a familiar face from Iron Man hosting a news segment about Scott Lang’s upcoming release from prison. Yep, you saw correctly – that’s Christine Everhart (played by Leslie Bibb) who worked for Vanity Fair in the 2008 Robert Downey Jr. film, as well as the 2010 sequel. Since then she’s worked her way up to hosting her own news program:

What do you think Falcon’s involvement will be? Is he just doing a “fly-by,” or is he the link to Captain America: Civil War? Will he only be in the after credits scene? Let us know in the comments below!

Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, and Michael Douglas, opens in theaters July 16.

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