Quirky cameos are nothing new MCU. Whether we are talking Pop-inch Stan Lee, Bruce Campbelll’s pugnacious pizza seller, or the a cross-universe reunion of Spider-Mens, anything is possible in Marvel’s sprawling superhero saga. But the coolest cameo in Ant and the Wasp: Quantumania of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind. (It’s not, I don’t mean Bill Murray.) And if you did clock it, maybe you didn’t understand how meta this really looks. One hint: It’s all about the multiverse, baby.
Well, there are two correct answers. Let’s take on Mark Oliver Everett or E, as he has long been known to fans of the band Eels.
Who plays Mark Oliver Everett in it Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantummania?
Credited as Jogger With Dog, Mark Oliver Everett appears in Ant and the Wasp: Quantumania‘s initial sequence.
When Scott “Ant-Man” Lang (Paul Rudd) is happily strolling through his hometown of San Francisco, the chippy Avenger crosses paths with a star-crossed fan who eagerly asks, “Will you take a picture with my dog!?” That’s Everett.
Just as Mountain Goats fans were quick starting spot John Darnielle popping up i Poker facethis longtime Eel devotee was quickly recognized by E’s signature beard and glasses. My first introduction to his band came in 1996, when a dreamy jam “Novocaine for the Soul”(Opens in a new tab) was the romantic indie comedy A dream for Insomniac(Opens in a new tab). And I’ve been hitting every heartbreaking, uplifting song ever since.
When it comes to movies and television, Everett’s contributions are often accompanied by soundtracks. Eel songs have been heard on more than 100 films and shows, including Scream 2 (“Your Lucky Day in Hell(Opens in a new tab)“), Daria (“Novocaine for the Soul”), The Jinx (“Fresh Blood”(Opens in a new tab)), and the first three Shrek (“Dear monster,”(Opens in a new tab) “I need some sleep,” and “Royal Pain”).
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All these Hollywood connections might be enough to draw Everett in Ant-Man 3‘ open. But as this film deals with the ongoing madness of the multiverse, this particular rock star has a deeper reason.
What a Mark Oliver Everett cameo adds Ant and the Wasp: Quantumania mean?
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Everett is not only a singer/songwriter/musician with a gift for composing songs that mix bubbly joy with bittersweet pain. He is also the son of the late Hugh Everett III, the physicist who came up with the Many Worlds Theory of quantum mechanics, which theorizes — per. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy(Opens in a new tab) — “that there are many lives that exist parallel to the same space and time as our own.”
Basically, Everett is the scientist who founded the idea of a parallel universe (aka the multiverse), a concept that inspired a series of great sci-fi films including Oscar nominee 11 times Everything everywhere all at once.
Mark Oliver Everett’s own work was inspired by his father’s theory and legacy. The two themes of family life and loss feature heavily in the band’s sales as well. For example, Electro-Shock Blues(Opens in a new tab) It is an album of remembrance and mourning. In his autobiography Things the Grandchildren Should Know(Opens in a new tab)E describes his father as “a humble mechanic…a quiet man…red by a sad youth and then fired as a quack, but later – too late – to be recognized as a genius.”
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First published in 1957, Everett’s Many Worlds Theory was widely criticized. I “The Many Lives of Hugh Everett,”(Opens in a new tab) Investigative reporter Peter Byrne notes that this negative reaction prompted him to “shorten his Ph.D. thesis on the subject to make it seem less controversial.” Eventually, “Everett left physics and worked on mathematics and military and industrial computing.”
It wasn’t until the 1970s that his theory began to gain traction, but sadly Everett died not long after, in 1982. At the time, his son was unable to grasp the sheer accuracy of his father’s theory. But over the coming years, Mark Oliver Everett would become his father’s advocate.
In 2007, a documentary called 60 minutes was broadcast Simultaneous Life, Simultaneous Life(Opens in a new tab) E followed him as he tried to understand the Theory of the Great Life, ie a theoretical idea that is still being debated(Opens in a new tab), and the twisted man behind it. A very personal journey scored by the songs of Eels, the musician is interviewing his father’s colleagues, as well as scientists and other admirers. Viewers are welcomed into the quest, aided by a soothing narrator and playful animation to break down dominant concepts.
Ant and the Wasp: Quantumania It plays with Everett’s Many Worlds Theory.
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In the third act of the film, Ant-Man is tasked with finding a power source for Kang. But as he approaches this powerful MacGuffin, Scott begins to do a double take, overwhelmed by these ghosts. could have made different choices – including staying employed by Baskin Robbins(Opens in a new tab).
Hope “Wasp” Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) experiences a similar twist, as she rises towards Scott, surrounded by versions of herself. Even the mid-credits of the film and post-credits scenes play with the idea of versions, though probably not in the ways Everett envisioned.
Superpowers aside, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania no doubt inspired by Everett’s theory. So, the inclusion of his son in the film is a grateful nod to his genius – in this universe and perhaps beyond.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is in theaters now.