Paul Rudd has joked that not using a bizarre fan theory to determine the fate of Ant-Man and Thanos in Avengers: Endgame was a “missed opportunity”.

The actor discussed the topic during a recent Hot Ones interview, a format that sees celebrities answering questions while food coated in increasingly spicy sauce.

He was asked about a fan theory that became particularly popular in the lead-up to Avengers: Endgame‘s release in April 2019.

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Ant-Man, who is portrayed by Rudd in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has the power to shrink to sub-microscopic size and to expand to giant proportions.

Fans thus started floating the theory that the superhero could, technically, shrink down and crawl up Thanos’s bottom before becoming a giant – thus defeating the genocidal villain.

“What do you make of the ‘Ant-Man kills Thanos by crawling up his butt’ meme?” asked interviewer Sean Evans.

Rudd let out a deep sign before responding: “I consider it a lost opportunity.”

The actor’s jokingly serious tone was met with laughs from Evans.

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Rudd was appearing on the web series to promote his new Netflix series Living With Yourself. You can read our review here.

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