"What's up tic-tac?!" Sam Wilson's words to Scott-Lang erred on the side of taunting when the two met once again in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, albeit Falcon had a viable reason to heckle. After all, in their first encounter in 2015's Ant-Man, Scott Lang did get the best of an Avenger in dare we say, embarrassing fashion. Falcon's defeat at the hands of this so-called "Ant-Man" was so embarrassing that he conveyed to someone that it was important that "Cap never finds out about this." Now, who did Sam divulge that information to? Thanks to director Peyton Reed, who will be back once again to direct the third Ant-Man film, that subtle reference has now become an added easter egg for Marvel fans.
In responding to an Ant-Man Q&A thread on Twitter, Peyton Reed answered a fan's question regarding the aftermath of the fight between Scott Lang and Sam Wilson. According to Reed, Falcon was directly speaking to fellow Avenger Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow in hiding his embarrassing defeat:
WHAT THIS MEANS
Prior to 2015's Ant-Man, the last glimpse we saw of Earth's Mightiest Heroes came in Avengers: Age of Ultron, with Captain America and Black Widow leading the new roster of Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and War Machine. Ideally, Falcon could have been referring to anyone (a security guard, for example) after his defeat to Ant-Man, but Peyton Reed revealing that he was speaking to Natasha is a fresh new Easter egg for fans. It's also an added layer to the relationship between Black Widow and Falcon, which we saw tested in Civil War and further explored as they both went on the run with Cap following the film's events. Peyton Reed is clearly willing to shed some light on hidden details within his Ant-Man films. Perhaps he'd be willing to answer one of the notable MCU unsolved teases, coincidentally found in Ant-Man and The Wasp? Clearly, it's time for him to start another Q&A thread.