Here’s The Iron Man Reference You Missed In Ant-Man

Arriving on the heels of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man might have seemed curiously detached from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but director Peyton Reed did make efforts to include additional references to Ant-Man’s Marvel peers. However, it appears that at least one of these was left on the cutting room floor. For proof of this, look no further than a deleted scene that has been released in the build-up to the movie’s upcoming Blu-ray release.

Featuring commentary by Reed and star Paul Rudd, this scene shows Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) pitching his groundbreaking shrinking tech to potential investors. Toward the end of the clip, Reed points out a tattoo on one buyer’s neck that appears to be the 10 Rings logo. (As you may recall, this is the organization that kidnapped Tony Stark in Iron Man and has continued causing irritation and/or anxiety for the wealthy superhero ever since.)


While a reference this fleeting—particularly one left on the cutting room floor—is unlikely to alter the course of the MCU, it doesn’t hurt to speculate. But don’t expect Rudd to break a sweat over this problem. As far as he’s concerned, the tattoo in question is the logo for “the ’96 Olympics… from Atlanta.”

To watch all the deleted scenes (with or without commentary), pick up the Ant-Man Blu-ray when it arrives in stores on December 8th.