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  5 days ago +5598

    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."

    • Noel Duffy
      Noel Duffy 19 hours ago

      +Nicolás Maduro I care

    • Mercy Knight
      Mercy Knight 22 hours ago

      but did you account for the fact that over the five years humans making trash to feed the rats would breed and change their numbers? i mean folks who lost a partner in the snap would move on, single folks would move on... the world would have moved forward in 5 years.

    • Travian Staten
      Travian Staten 23 hours ago

      The Film Theorists if you’re reading this, I have to tell you I think I found a way to fix the Spider-Man: Homecoming year problem
      In Homecoming, it says it takes place 8 years after the first Avengers, meaning it took place in 2020. But that can’t happen because he bit the dust in 2018 and doesn’t come back until 2023. But there is one way it can work, there’s a different universe. In Endgame, the Ancient One is explaining to Bruce Banner what would happen if one of the stones were to disappear from her time. If we were to apply this same logic to living beings, then that could actually explain why Spider-Man is alive in 2020. When Iron Man snapped Thanos and his army out of existence, he made a new timeline/universe, one where their Thanos just disappears one day and is no longer a threat and where none of the Avengers bite the dust.
      But for now remember, that’s just a theory,

    • Lindy your videos so awesome
      Lindy your videos so awesome Day ago

      Rugrats theory Game Theory do game theory

    • MichaeLJPS
      MichaeLJPS Day ago +1

      Dude, it's called FATE

  • Mary MAC
    Mary MAC 5 hours ago

    I have a sweet-toothed mouse living in my basement and I bet the Marvel rat is its hero and honestly I agree

  • Marlon Montiel
    Marlon Montiel 5 hours ago

    That’s not the Transamerica building, that’s the salesforce new building

  • Astro!
    Astro! 5 hours ago +1

    This aint theory this is legit confirmed by the directors of the movie

  • YO Gaming
    YO Gaming 5 hours ago

    the mouse is another hero who will appear in revengers

  • John McCarthy
    John McCarthy 5 hours ago

    Do the amazing world of gumball banana Joe's nom

  • dimitry pavlun
    dimitry pavlun 5 hours ago

    Rat superhero

  • Jenaye M
    Jenaye M 5 hours ago

    We need more Marvel theories!!! Like WHAT WAS DR STRANGE'S PLAN?????
    How many people agree?

  • B Squad
    B Squad 5 hours ago

    I have a new theory for u:How Old Is Scrooge

    DEFENDER OF LGBTQ 6 hours ago

    Hey Matpat, do you think you can start doing theories on stuff like Be More Chill or Dear Evan Hansen?
    Would be cool of ya just saying.

  • Harijot Khalsa
    Harijot Khalsa 6 hours ago

    This video is the nerdiest nerd of all nerds. Well done sir.

  • Gaetana Dixon
    Gaetana Dixon 6 hours ago

    You’re crazy if you think Shuri can’t hack into anything!

  • dljprogun
    dljprogun 6 hours ago

    You know you left out how quickly the rats can recover.

    Yes half the rats were turned to dust by the snap, but they are fast reproducers. Rats can reach sexual maturity at 5 weeks, a single female rat in decent health can have 12 babies every 3 or 4 weeks so in those 5 years a female rat can make 1,020 more rats and that is just from ONE female rat that is not including the other female rats that she is producing that are reproducing themselves after they reach age 5 weeks.
    And with half of the human exterminators gone rats would be doing very well. So those numbers would actually be higher.

  • Sona Karnik
    Sona Karnik 6 hours ago

    You are actually wrong because although 50% got snapped away it has been 5 years since the snap in the movie meaning that the rats could have repopulated

  • Andrew Brown
    Andrew Brown 6 hours ago

    I decided to watch endgame and then watch this

  • GoodSports Evening
    GoodSports Evening 6 hours ago

    Ant-man more like Ratman

  • ThatAsianKid Who’sNameIsGabe

    Can we please have a moment of silence for our savior Rat

  • Izriboss
    Izriboss 6 hours ago


  • GoodSports Evening
    GoodSports Evening 6 hours ago +1

    I calculations or 1 and 37 quadrillion

    Me explain so there’s a chance that the rat that stepped on the button could’ve never been born it could’ve been snapped out of reality it could’ve been eaten by a hawk it could’ve been stepped on someone it could’ve been shot it could’ve been eaten by a wild fox that just decided to come in the city for some reason it could’ve been eaten by someone’s dog could’ve been poisoned it could’ve been exterminated it could’ve been never even worn it could’ve been and over by a car he could’ve been eaten by a hobo on the street that’s desperate

  • Jaronius
    Jaronius 6 hours ago


  • Vinylguy 123
    Vinylguy 123 6 hours ago

    rat chews through wires on the quantum universe machine

  • Always_ Music
    Always_ Music 6 hours ago

    The rat is Loki he’s alive!!!!!!

    R3TRO_MAFIA 6 hours ago

    What the fuck do you mean rats have nests

  • Vortex
    Vortex 6 hours ago +1

    2:26 it's actually 5 hours because every thing in the realm is shorter

    Like if agree

  • MCFinalNinja FTW
    MCFinalNinja FTW 6 hours ago

    0:44 There's a well known comedian named Gabriel Iglesias who made shirts back then to match his size and weight. Maybe Hulk did something like that.

  • DragonRaider7567
    DragonRaider7567 6 hours ago

    This all started with a mouse

    A Mickey mouse XD XD

  • Tom TCB
    Tom TCB 6 hours ago

    The fact that people are getting this annoyed about this scene is just sad

    • Tom TCB
      Tom TCB 6 hours ago

      Still love you though, Matt. That was a joke

  • Clyde Tiburcio
    Clyde Tiburcio 6 hours ago

    How much time do you have?!

  • Kyle Osial
    Kyle Osial 7 hours ago

    Your out of ideas
    Why matt. Why

  • Walter
    Walter 7 hours ago

    Did you calculate how the rat got inside the van? The chances that a rat would do that and how many of those rats weigh enough to apply the force needed to get through into van and step on the button.
    But don't also don't forget that within the five years, somebody sometime took that van from the parking garage and put it into a storage without taking anything or using the van for any other purposes.
    Then how long can a van battery last without being started. If the button has access to the battery power that means it must being using it or was it in sleep mode? That button did a lot for a machine that took 3 humans to yeah the rat was an act of OAA.

  • Doodleboy
    Doodleboy 7 hours ago

    remy is a avenger stupid

  • TheBroz Gaming
    TheBroz Gaming 7 hours ago

    Wow, rats beat both THANOS and JOTARO? They really need to be stopped.

  • get In It for Truth
    get In It for Truth 7 hours ago

    It's a fantasy movie with characters that can turn into rats. Also, um, yeah, it's fantasy. 1 in 14 million holds up

  • G K WooD
    G K WooD 7 hours ago

    This is the dumbest video I’ve ever seen from you.

    I understand being upset with the narrative framework resting on this natural occurrence rather than the actions of one of our many heroes but it was obviously a likely possibility. They gave it five years. You didn’t even calculate the reproduction rate which would lead to a resurgence in the rat population.

    I'm not really mad but- -
    I mean- -
    It’s just- -
    This video seemed like a waste of your time.

  • S0uptime
    S0uptime 7 hours ago

    Ratatouille, the strongest avenger

  • panggop jio
    panggop jio 7 hours ago

    Let's just praise the rat

  • Yuji Yagi
    Yuji Yagi 7 hours ago

    13:50 covers about MCU but uses Superman's body

  • Lps Feisty
    Lps Feisty 7 hours ago

    MatPat I dare you to Do a theory on Popee the Performer

  • Alex Brown
    Alex Brown 8 hours ago

    You're assuming it's a normal three-dimensional nonsentient rat. It's very possible if not probable that there was way more to that rat than just "accidentally" pushing that button.

  • Tim Parsons
    Tim Parsons 8 hours ago

    That Jacksfilms burn, though... Haha!

  • Ian Patton
    Ian Patton 8 hours ago

    Wow I thought I was the only one who realized the rat saved the whole universe

  • Arc_099
    Arc_099 9 hours ago

    hahaha wait what? Why the Fuck would you be annoyed by this idea? Why the Fuck would you even think that it was Fucking impossible in the first place? haha It’s not Fucking impossible for a rat to hit a button!! hahahaha jesus Fucking christ Animals sometimes randomly walk over shit it’s not Fucking impossible for a rat to randomly walk over a Fucking button in 5 Fucking years!! also the rat population might not have even been halved, it’s not 50% of each individual species it’s 50% of all life, that might be the only rat on the planet or there might have only been 1 rat that got dusted. Oh my god I am frustrated now 😂 Fuck me!! 😂

  • Let'sPlay Derek
    Let'sPlay Derek 9 hours ago

    Hey matpat I was hoping you could make a theory about who should win if thanos and one punch man battled

  • Jessica Mann
    Jessica Mann 9 hours ago

    There’s something I noticed-I don’t know if it matters, but rats don’t live very long.
    As someone who’s actually had pet rats, rats only live two to three years, three being the maximum. So would the older rats die out and the younger rats have to learn their territory? Would that influence if they found the van, because the younger rats don’t know their territory as well as the older ones, who have passed?
    I honestly have no clue, I’m just throwing things out there.

  • MiniBeast Kid
    MiniBeast Kid 9 hours ago +1

    What if it was a mouse...

  • Hacklord360
    Hacklord360 9 hours ago

    You didn't count that half the rats died in thanos snap

  • Bloody Fortnite Legend

    This is just what I said when I watched End Game

  • Alok Kumar
    Alok Kumar 9 hours ago

    it wasn't any regular rat... it was mickey. mouse mickey.

  • paperclip
    paperclip 9 hours ago +1

    Hey matpat which of the three jokers is the joker from the trailers

  • 9 Naibe 9
    9 Naibe 9 9 hours ago +1

    Tmnt crossover rat's splinter

  • Yew
    Yew 9 hours ago

    sponsership basically encourages breaking the law

  • Nicolas Wilson
    Nicolas Wilson 9 hours ago

    *COUGH* Markiplier needs a theory on a video he made called DAMIEN *COUGH*

  • SCAiNT
    SCAiNT 10 hours ago

    but its about 5 years now

  • Shannon Connelly
    Shannon Connelly 10 hours ago

    I mean, rats are incredibly intelligent, so I wouldn’t put it past them!

  • SCAiNT
    SCAiNT 10 hours ago

    Let's just praise the rat

  • Dustin Dreampine's Stories

    You know film theroy, I am watching a old movie with killer clowns 🤡 from outer space and I think that there should be a theroy about this because there's 1 Question, what is the clowns weaknesses because there's good research for this theroy

  • knipping
    knipping 10 hours ago

    The film theorist claimed Antman would be only trapped forever in 4 out of 14,000,605 futures. But I think it even looks very good for Antman in these cases. If I got the video right it just calculated his probability of being freed by a rat *within five years*. There is again a good high are that he will be freed in the sixth year. In fact, the bigger danger would be to be released early on, like after just some minutes, and then not realizing about the different time flow.

  • Ro Nin
    Ro Nin 10 hours ago

    You could of done a theory about time travel in Endgame... Why this?

  • Lag Tech
    Lag Tech 10 hours ago

    And people complain about GoT having bad writing...

  • sagiv etedgi
    sagiv etedgi 10 hours ago

    thay come to tell a story so statistcks are not relly effected

  • LeeW89
    LeeW89 10 hours ago

    While statistically possible for the rat to walk over the button, there are several other factors that make the premise impossible, imo:
    1) The sequence to release Ant-Man is set up to just need one button to be pressed
    2) The rat doesn't mess everything up by hitting other keys before hitting the correct one
    3) The rat does hit other keys but they have no effect
    4) Rats haven't chewed through the cables in the 5 year interim
    All of the above, while varying degrees of unlikely, I am willing to suspend my disbelief and accept. However, there is one point I refuse to accept:
    5) The device still has power after 5 years of inactivity!
    If the device is connected to the van's battery, it would've been running until it was found and either drained completely or been turned off after being moved to the storage garage. If it had a separate external power source, it would've drained completely or been disconnected to move it. Even if the power source could survive 5 years of constant draining, and nobody disconnected it or damaged the cables, the machine itself would have begun to fall apart with no maintenance. The entire premise of the device being functional after 5 years is too unrealistic for me to suspend my disbelief. I challenge you, MatPat, to prove me wrong and see if there is a way that the device could still be functional at the time the rat walked over the appropriate button.

  • Eimear Cullen
    Eimear Cullen 11 hours ago

    When he started talking about how the avengers needed a hacker i couldn't have been the inly one that immediately went NED!!!

  • Vir Prasada-Bridle
    Vir Prasada-Bridle 11 hours ago

    But Vision is coming back stoopid.

  • Fake Account 1984
    Fake Account 1984 11 hours ago

    Make a film theory on the
    Netflix film How It Ends

  • Hadius
    Hadius 11 hours ago

    Can’t believe I watched this

  • Tan Yu Yong
    Tan Yu Yong 11 hours ago

    Mat Pat, could you do a theory of the Godzilla: King Of The Monsters movie?

  • Sean Jamerson
    Sean Jamerson 12 hours ago +1

    MarPat you should do a theory why we don’t have Wakey Wakey yet.

  • Praveen Rohira
    Praveen Rohira 12 hours ago

    That rat was probably Disney's Mickey mouse. I think it was a metaphor that Disney saved marvel

  • joe
    joe 12 hours ago +1

    MatPat can you calculate how long Jake from adventure time can expand? It would be good

  • FT 02667
    FT 02667 12 hours ago

    Your theory about daenerys going to be the mad king is now a fact

  • Zahirulhaq Azri
    Zahirulhaq Azri 12 hours ago

    make a theory on hulk's theory on time travel

  • zoroark MASTER
    zoroark MASTER 12 hours ago

    I don’t know if the snap actually affected wild creatures (they’re one of the ressources that thanos say the surviving population will have plenty of A.K.A meat to eat) I think that only sentient being were affected by the snap

  • Sloth Gaming
    Sloth Gaming 13 hours ago +1

    Thanos: I am inevitable!

    Rat who freed Ant Man: hold my beer

  • KrAzY_ nUg
    KrAzY_ nUg 13 hours ago +1

    Sooooo everyone is going to ignore the fact that the controller is out in the open and not in the van

  • Goritom Gorila
    Goritom Gorila 13 hours ago

    Where's the actor who plays the rat?

  • MangoesAndGrapes
    MangoesAndGrapes 13 hours ago

    Loki stans: LOKI WAS THE RAT!!!! *sobbing*

  • Norman I
    Norman I 14 hours ago

    When you finally stop procrastinating and go watch Endgame so you can finally watch all of the Endgame episodes of Film theory

  • TheGoldenRaptor
    TheGoldenRaptor 14 hours ago

    Wouldn't animal population skyrocket if there aren't as many humans to be predators?

  • Burak ERKOL
    Burak ERKOL 16 hours ago +1

    Mickey Mouse saved marvel universe. Thank you Mickey Mouse

  • Bella Galaxyheart
    Bella Galaxyheart 16 hours ago

    Who else freaked out a the galaxy background💜✨

  • Bella Galaxyheart
    Bella Galaxyheart 16 hours ago

    Please do a Umbrella Academy theory!

  • Liz
    Liz 16 hours ago

    I mean, after 5 years, the rats will have multiplied a ton, so the chances are even higher.

  • Maida
    Maida 16 hours ago


  • James Copsy
    James Copsy 17 hours ago


  • Oliver
    Oliver 17 hours ago

    Get some cats San Francisco.

  • Sportnugget
    Sportnugget 17 hours ago

    Okay but I found it ridiculous that Scott could be brought back by a single button press. Not necessarily that a rat could press a button.

  • Lady Misuto
    Lady Misuto 17 hours ago

    I have not actually watched the video yet, but I said this exact thing to my brother after I saw Endgame.
    I said, “So in all those 4 million+ possibilities that Dr. Strange saw, the one chance they had at winning relied on that rat to accidentally bring Scott back from the Quantum Realm.”

  • dahighbar
    dahighbar 17 hours ago

    You Fucking Nerds be doing the most!!!!!!

  • Zara Something
    Zara Something 17 hours ago

    oh so this is why maths is useful!

  • DatWhiteGuyJ
    DatWhiteGuyJ 17 hours ago

    Enter Marvels Captain Falcon

  • Lazlo Morphine
    Lazlo Morphine 17 hours ago

    laaaaaaaame , bye Mat

  • Imagine L
    Imagine L 17 hours ago

    Hey Matpat, would a fox be able to make all the sounds it does in "What does the fox say?" if it was trained properly?

  • blaze of glory
    blaze of glory 17 hours ago +1

    matpat should do a avatar video.

  • Vineet Sharma
    Vineet Sharma 17 hours ago

    Theory: the quantum realm could transport tony before the snap and put him in place instead of the snapping tony

  • Bethany Curtis
    Bethany Curtis 17 hours ago

    Can you do a happy death day theory (specifically how she revives)

  • Relatable Arts
    Relatable Arts 18 hours ago

    Spoiler warning? Will come back later..

  • Koen Sanchez
    Koen Sanchez 18 hours ago

    I have an idea for your next video and i think you’ll like it
    “What is frozones body temperature?”

  • WallofVespiquen
    WallofVespiquen 18 hours ago

    You kinda forgot about the fast reproduction rate of rats. Combine that with fewer threats, (mainly cats and humans) there would be a much larger population of rats than you estimated.

  • Naomi Akerman
    Naomi Akerman 19 hours ago


  • Jackattack 00
    Jackattack 00 19 hours ago

    How weren't peter parker's friends graduated when he goes back to high school?Some of them wouldn't have been snapped away and would've been graduated.