Film Theory: The Rat That Beat Thanos! (Marvel Endgame)

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    There are TONS of characters that show up in Marvel's Avengers Endgame. Most of them get at least one moment to remind the audience of why they are an awesome superhero and that we should be happy they are alive again. Now, the MVP of the episode is pretty obvious, but I want to talk about the one, tiny hero you probably missed. The rat. Which rat? Why the rat that brought back Ant-Man and made it possible for the Avengers to save the world. What are the odds? Well, you're about to find out!
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  • The Film Theorists
    The Film Theorists  2 months ago +6883

    To everyone asking whether I calculated the rats repopulating, I did and just cut it before the final draft because it got too pedantic and lost in it's own numbers. Also, we wind back up at 50 rats anyway. Here's what got cut in case you were curious:
    "That means that at the beginning of five years, we're dealing with 50-ish rats in Scott Lang's area, which would replenish to their population carrying capacity in the course of just a few generations. Given that rat food supplies might be lower now that there are only half the people on the world, let's assume that they don’t get back to the full 100 rat population in Scott's immediate area, but that they make a good 50% surge back up to 75 rats roving all over Scott. Realistically it's almost impossible to know for our specific area exactly how many rats would be here, but we're making our best assumption right now and I'm trying to at least give Scott a fighting chance.
    So over the course of the six months after the Great Snap, rats would have pretty much bounced back, given that a new generation of rat babies is ready to go every six weeks. To get our final number, we’ll assume that an average-sized rat community would have at most around 50 rats out searching for food at any given time, since about a third of them are statistically in the nest at a given time."

    • Christopher
      Christopher Day ago

      Next episode , The rat that change the universe

    • GlaciusTS
      GlaciusTS 6 days ago

      What about the odds that rats wouldn’t move into that vacant building before the events of endgame? What about the odds that they wouldn’t investigate something that is clearly very colorful? Perhaps that remote had some corn based wiring in it? Or it gave off heat that attracted the rats? I would go so far as to say that a rat would probably WANT to investigate that remote.
      It gets to the point where it seems kinda absurd that it took 5 whole years for this to happen.

    • Catherine Schoeneman
      Catherine Schoeneman 8 days ago


    • arjun aganihotri
      arjun aganihotri 9 days ago


    • sasabnis
      sasabnis 11 days ago

      The carrying capacity for the rat population in SF has also changed since there are fewer threats (human exterminators), so it's conceivable to say the population could shoot past the 1/4 rat to human proportion. Also, when considering surface area I think you have to consider all surfaces in SF, not just the 2D map, meaning a subway section would also count the area of street above it, a 30 story building would actually count 30x the area of 1 floor, etc. I like your implementation of clustering to consider rat nests, and I think the hotspots for rat nests that you highlighted were a good argument as well. For the rat mean free path calculation though, I don't think we need to use unique paths. We can use Brownian motion random walks model to simulate that situation. It also sounded like you assumed a CDF distribution for considering the effect of 50 rats. I don't agree with that approach because it gives the number of rats too much weight in the probability calculation, it doesn't seem right.
      What i really loved about this episode is that it got me to look at the 1 in 14 million chance in a completely new light.

  • hayden animations
    hayden animations 3 hours ago

    There's a theory that the rat is Loki

  • Deacon Huerta
    Deacon Huerta 6 hours ago

    He would be wrong tho bc rats could make more rats especially in 5 years and what if the colony was a bigger one or what if the hadn’t noticed a way into the van

  • Club Headphones
    Club Headphones 8 hours ago

    To sum up this video:Ratatouille saved the entire universe

  • Sean Perales
    Sean Perales 15 hours ago

    Why did he make this video even tho doctor strange saw millions of outcomes and strange knew that rat would push that button

  • Karin Allen
    Karin Allen Day ago

    Just think about how many rats Dr. Strange must have looked at while pursuing all the different time streams. No wonder he looked shaky when he came out of it. ;-)

  • Crash Bandicoot
    Crash Bandicoot Day ago

    I'm not sure if MatPat's ranting about not liking Marvel...

  • Jewel of RANDOM
    Jewel of RANDOM Day ago

    What we should be thinking about is what half the universe mean aka half of every living organism in the universe so this means that half of the people on earth are killed however after Tony gets over Tom Holland kicking the bucket he would begin to feel bad due to half of the bacteria in his body being dusted causing health problems due to sudden loss of bacteria and as most people know most bacteria in your body help keep harmful illnesses out of your body now you could also argue that half of illnesses were killed too but some forms of desease can reproduce incredibly fast and some don't even have those single celled organisms so the desease would drastically reproduced or not get dusted at all so Tony and eventually all the universe died it was inevitable but hey i don't have the rights to say the Matpat line btw this by an eleven year old so sorry for spelling mistakes but I don't care too much so whatevs

    • DejaVoodooDoll
      DejaVoodooDoll 6 hours ago

      It doesn't take long for bacteria to reproduce. Besides, if you want to get ridiculous about it, then half our living cells should be wiped out. The luckiest people die instantly. The rest spend their slow deaths as raw nightmare fuel.

  • JooshHiill
    JooshHiill Day ago

    Who else clicked on this video as soon as they saw the thumbnail?

  • TheRich BoyGaming
    TheRich BoyGaming 2 days ago

    I have 2 pet rats and they are amazing pets. Nothing to do with the video, just rats.

  • James Cuellar
    James Cuellar 2 days ago

    Rat effect=butterfly effect

  • N. Antoine
    N. Antoine 2 days ago

    Thanos: no one can stop me
    Rat: are you challenging me

  • Agent101g
    Agent101g 2 days ago

    When is the "end this person's career" joke going to get old? It's the top comment on every single TheXvid video.

  • sandra schoof
    sandra schoof 2 days ago

    They still have shuri matpat so next time think of a better way to advertise nord vpn

  • Kayagorzan
    Kayagorzan 2 days ago +1

    The chance is how many percentage of bacteria soap can kill

  • Lava 321
    Lava 321 2 days ago

    Why couldn't thanos just double the amount of resources in the universe every year instead of trying to wipe out half of it's population?

    • Lava 321
      Lava 321 4 hours ago

      @DejaVoodooDoll exactly, but he had the power to do something good about it, but chose the path of EVIL instead.

    • DejaVoodooDoll
      DejaVoodooDoll 6 hours ago +1

      Why doesn't humanity share resources instead of wiping out other people all the damn time?
      Thanos is just making the same excuses to kill that real tyrants do. And it's scary how many people thought he was making sense.

  • Opal’s Fantasy World

    I heard that your pet rat was so small that Thanos snapped himself

  • Isabella Ashby
    Isabella Ashby 3 days ago

    we're only 0:13 seconds in and MatPat is already calling me out.......

  • Eatorofsouls 2284
    Eatorofsouls 2284 3 days ago +1


    no hate tho...

  • sub 2 pewdiepie
    sub 2 pewdiepie 3 days ago

    You could also say the rat killed iron man

  • Aussie Animations
    Aussie Animations 3 days ago

    Wait Thanos snaps all things? Fucking R.I.P to platypuses and echidnas and every other endangered species. Thanos is an arsehole.

  • Roaring Thunder115
    Roaring Thunder115 4 days ago

    In the other outcomes there was a rat trap

  • Roaring Thunder115
    Roaring Thunder115 4 days ago +2

    I have a request for this channel:
    Who actually peed Scott Lang’s pants?

  • Mathew Ferreira
    Mathew Ferreira 4 days ago

    When I first saw this video 😧 after I watch it 🤐

  • Ruba Sabagh
    Ruba Sabagh 4 days ago

    I mean obviously the numbers a high 99.99% because u did it without replacement. Like if the rat doesnt go back to the same place. Which it definitly will.

  • XxDallasCoboysXx
    XxDallasCoboysXx 4 days ago

    No it five hours mat pat on earth it been five years .It is five hours because he said and In condom 1year is 1 hour

  • Mr.Galxo O'connor
    Mr.Galxo O'connor 4 days ago

    Not the hero we wanted but we needed

  • CleanixX MC
    CleanixX MC 4 days ago

    Hey people...
    I couldnt but notice how unnecessary Cpt Marvel was in this film! I mean Tony and Nebula should have been way more than capable of re-configuring the Milano into a ship using electricity as fuel and then simply hopping the ARC-reactor onto the system right? (Tony built a suit with an ultra high power electro magnet in a cave surrounded by terrorists as a reminder, the professor who helped him was probably just as intelligent as Nebula...) and when Cpt Marvel destroyed half of Thanos' army... That was just something that made it a lot easier and faster to deal with but wasnt actually needed since the good guys' army should have been able to deal with it...

    • DejaVoodooDoll
      DejaVoodooDoll 6 hours ago

      Tony, even if he was in better shape, doesn't know the alien technology, and an arc reactor is designed to power him, not a starship engine.
      Also, all it'd take is one lucky shot from Thano's forces, and the villains win. Captain Marvel did plenty - they just had to be careful not to let her do too much, or the internet would never stop whining about it.

  • Techa
    Techa 4 days ago

    so that 1 in 14 million scenario was based on when a rat step on a button?

  • Techa
    Techa 4 days ago

    OMG, the MOMENT I saw that rat I knew someone was going to talk about how much of an effect it had on the Marvel universe!

  • John Chavez
    John Chavez 4 days ago

    Thank you ive been saying this for a while i saw a rat free scott i was like bullshit

    EMPIRE MAN 4 days ago

    You can tell that film theory will overthink EVERY small detail, it’s enjoyable yet painful

  • Danniel Sarate
    Danniel Sarate 5 days ago

    Wouldn’t the rats also reproduce and therefore be a changing variable?

  • itz ya girl izzi
    itz ya girl izzi 5 days ago

    Did doctor strange really look through time just to know that the fate of all the universe relies on that one rat? I guess he just thought yeah We're doomed...

  • imanol bello
    imanol bello 5 days ago

    Did I just watch a 15 mins ad?

  • alarcon99
    alarcon99 5 days ago

    I don't think the unbelievable posibility is that a random rat found the button. I think that the unbelievable possibility is that any wire in that van is NOT chewed through.

  • Katherine Poole
    Katherine Poole 5 days ago

    Me at 1 AM: I should probably start studying for my chemistry test...
    My brain: C’mon just 5 more minutes.
    Me: fine.
    Five minutes later
    Me: I gotta study!

  • James Black
    James Black 5 days ago

    Matpat, that was no random rat. his cousin owns the earth. says so in a very special guide. you have your towel right?

  • BilalRB
    BilalRB 5 days ago

    2:25 over 5 minutes* (ant-man said 5 minutes)

  • Susana Siobhan
    Susana Siobhan 5 days ago +1

    Rats can be hella cute tho

  • Monkey Scream
    Monkey Scream 5 days ago

    You used to say aaaaaaaand cut at the end of the vid but now it's a sponsor, Do that at the Beginning!

  • Joshua Delauney
    Joshua Delauney 6 days ago

    I saw Nord VPN coming in from a mile away

  • andrew williams
    andrew williams 6 days ago

    but I am subscribed tho

  • Adam Freed
    Adam Freed 6 days ago

    Yes but what are the odds the rats hit the wrong button instead and unplug the power or mess something up?

  • Insane Darkness | Gaming

    Yes. This is what I watch Film Theory for.

  • BaoHadir
    BaoHadir 6 days ago

    A good theory. Even more interesting is that this doesn't include an explosion in rat population as they breed nearly uninhibited. With a lack of exterminators and a loss of many of their natural predators, the rats would breed like crazy, leading to a population explosion and likely far, far more than 50 rats with a chance to touch the button.

  • Blursed Images
    Blursed Images 6 days ago

    3 hours daily watching mat ruin games and films, you underestimate the actual time that I spend doing that

  • Caitlyn Calder
    Caitlyn Calder 6 days ago +1

    This video is making me glad Alberta doesn’t have any rats!!

  • DANKerTester
    DANKerTester 6 days ago

    To be fair, if it only took just hitting that button once, I think it's inevitable that the button would eventually be pressed. Not even from a rat, but literally anything just flopping on the control panel. Whether it was 2 years, 5, 7, or 20; Scott would be freed at some point and it would still only be hours for him and he would go about as he did in the movie. It just so happened to be a rat after 5 years that pressed the button

    • DANKerTester
      DANKerTester 6 days ago

      To be honest though, I think it would have been better if someone actually found the van and tried to get it working again, thus freeing Scott.

  • Russel Aquino
    Russel Aquino 6 days ago

    What about rat reproduction and natursl death?

  • Ani Balabanyan
    Ani Balabanyan 7 days ago +1

    Thanos: snaps half of the world
    Rat: if you steal my job you’re dead

  • Koemi 01
    Koemi 01 7 days ago

    I can’t be the only one who genuinely thought the rat was Loki.

    • Koemi 01
      Koemi 01 6 days ago

      Тимур М'якшило I was in denial that he died in Infinity War! And since he can change form, I thought maybe he could transform into that rat... Guess I was wrong 😂

    • Тимур М'якшило
      Тимур М'якшило 6 days ago

      WHAT? WHY?

  • Daniel Fisher
    Daniel Fisher 7 days ago

    It gets even better when you consider that anything could’ve pressed that button.

  • I Love Animals
    I Love Animals 7 days ago

    Rat: NO! My MOM! SISTERs x8 and BROTHERS x9 ARE GONE! Oh and like half of my other friends and family!

    Thanos: MWHAHA!

    Rat: Thats it! Im ending this mans career!

  • Christopher Obando
    Christopher Obando 7 days ago

    Ratatouille saved the avengers Lmao

  • Edward Htoo Htet Aung Law

    You need to calculate the probability with "replacement". Afterall, a rat never walks his own path is almost impossible (considering its habits etc).

  • comic sans
    comic sans 8 days ago

    the rat was obviously Bug-Eaten.

  • PongoThomas
    PongoThomas 8 days ago

    Chaos theory be like

  • Dawnphyre
    Dawnphyre 8 days ago

    I know it's a plug and not to be nit picky... who am I kidding what channel am I commenting on? you have hulk.banner who's pretty tech savvy and nebula, who litterally has a hacker hand

  • One thick nick _
    One thick nick _ 8 days ago

    Some wizards: creates hundreds of portals to let out super soldiers, warriors, valkyries, and hundreds of other super hero’s to fight the most powerful being in the universe with 6 Big Bang stones - matpat: I sleep
    Rat: walks across a keyboard- matpat: IMmPoSsIbLe

  • Xx_MASTER_xX
    Xx_MASTER_xX 8 days ago +1

    now that's alot of MATH

  • TheYugster
    TheYugster 9 days ago

    Thanos snaps

    One rat loses their family

  • Antoni Gomez-Pena
    Antoni Gomez-Pena 9 days ago +1

    So your telling me there's a chance

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  • サトルイアン
    サトルイアン 9 days ago

    You know what the best part is? Scott Lang actually said more than a decade before the first "Ant-Man" film that he wouldn't let rats ruin his life.

  • mjensmiata
    mjensmiata 10 days ago

    im way late but the snap killed half of all life meaning some species couldve went entirely extinct while others could be untouched

  • TRPS
    TRPS 10 days ago

    9:47 I mean I got a 1/2052 chance drop in RS yesterday adn I've gotton that 2xs in about 1k kills of that monster *discord shrug emoji*

  • Adna Shifa
    Adna Shifa 10 days ago +1

    you seriously do allot of useless math and thats whats i like about you matpat

  • HEY! Abnah!
    HEY! Abnah! 10 days ago

    The amount of squealing and aww'ing I did over the cute asf rats in this video is embarrassing.

  • Chocolate ThunderBear
    Chocolate ThunderBear 10 days ago

    That rat walking across the control panel is the most "comic bookie" thing to ever happen in a comic book movie. Real talk...