Did Ant-Man And The Wasp Hint At The Arrival Of Norman Osborn In The MCU?


Hey, remember that Southern gangster guy from Ant-Man and The Wasp? You know, the charming co-antagonist of the movie who was trying to steal all of Hank Pym’s stuff to sell to some ever ominous, mysterious buyer?

In case you forget, his name was Sonny Burch, played by the criminally underrated Walton Goggins, and he stole every scene he was in. But, in the midst of the third act cavalcade of shrinking shenanigans, affecting family drama and that stinger of a post-credits scene, we all forgot to ask who Sonny was working for. The answer? Well, we can’t say for sure, but rumors suggest that it’s none other than Spider-Man‘s arch-nemesis, Norman Osborn.

That’s right, current chatter points to Sonny Burch’s arc from the movie being a backdoor entry point for the Green Goblin himself. As first reported by Twitter user DanielRPK, a noteworthy source for superhero news, Osborn’s apparently taking Burch’s calls in the film and Marvel may be using this dangling plot thread to introduce Spidey’s greatest foe into the MCU. As noted by his Tweet, DanielRPK’s indicating that he knows something we don’t, saying: Oh, I’m PRETTY sure the “Mysterious Buyer” who wanted Hank’s Lab/Technology in Ant-Man and The Wasp is Norman Osborn.

This remains to be confirmed by Marvel Studios or any other official source, but it’s consistent with other rumors we’ve heard regarding good ol’ Normie and the Spider-Man franchise as a whole. After all, we never found out who bought the Avengers tower in Homecoming and speculation points to it being the curly-haired fiend. Furthermore, Marvel’s allegedly asked Sony not to use Osborn in any of their Spider-Man based movies, which suggests that they have their own plans for him.

Again, this is all just speculation, but there’s certainly credence to the theory. Billionaire villains, such as Osborn, have always been adept at insidiously buying things and here are two ever insidious purchases that’ve been presented to the audience. Also, Marvel, as evidenced by how the Vulture was introduced in Homecoming, seem to be going with the angle that the web-head’s villains are already operating and established in the MCU and Spider-Man’s simply stumbling onto them as he starts his superhero career. As such, it’s not too crazy to think that the seeds for the Green Goblin may’ve very well been planted in Ant-Man and the Wasp.