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  4 months ago +7245

    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."

    • Walter Kinney
      Walter Kinney 29 days ago

      The Film Theorists it was all sentient life that was wiped out

    • Ben A
      Ben A Month ago

      The Film Theorists Any chance the rat was Loki cause i like that theory the most and that was my first thought when i saw that seen

    • Keene Lu
      Keene Lu Month ago

      So... The Russo brothers basically confirmed part of this theory by saying that the 1 in 14 mil chance was referring to the chance of a rat hitting the button

    • Seraph 37
      Seraph 37 Month ago

      The Film Theorists I have a fascinating film theory for you that I think you’d like. Dr. Stranges 14 million to 1 odds is the one where most of our favorite heroes don’t die, except iron man and black widow. He actually chose the one odd where iron man would die when he could have chosen another of the 14 million where Iron man doesn’t die. So is it possible that Dr Strange, like Deadpool, is breaking the fourth wall in knowing what the audience wants? Just a theory ;)

  • FrenchToffe
    FrenchToffe 8 hours ago

    Am i the only one who forgot that he usually does sponsors, and thought he was going to say that Peter Parker was the new tech genius?

  • PyThoN_-
    PyThoN_- 13 hours ago

    but they produce like A LOT sooo they are 100 rats after 5 year blablabla :)

  • Czech Mate
    Czech Mate Day ago

    Im surprised it didn't happen earlier.

  • Sebastian The Goat

    First ten seconds: People serching for the best bathroom break in Marvel.
    Lord of the rings fans:

    SNIPERSHOT888 GAMING 2 days ago +1

    Matpat chillax remember the rat had 5 years of trial and error

  • Kamo Hd
    Kamo Hd 2 days ago

    If you kill half of the rats it takes them not more than half a year till they have had so many childs that the rat population is at 100 again.

  • Илья Матюшенков

    7 million square meters is only 7 square kilometers. Just saying

  • MuyMuy A Youtubing Boi

    Thanos: i fear no man but that thing?
    (a rat walking)
    Thanos: it scares me

  • Brian Seiler
    Brian Seiler 3 days ago

    You didn't take rat breeding into account. There would have been growth in five years. It improves the odds as you've calculated them, but there's another problem you're going to run into.

    The problem here isn't whether the event would happen somewhere in five years - you need the fat part of the bell curve to land close to or directly on five years for all of the rest of the necessary intervening events with everybody else's characters to happen. That's going to substantially affect your likelihoods. What you need to be solving for here is the necessary initial rat population required to construct a curve where maybe 85+% of the possible outcomes fall around 4 to 6 years. Once you have that number, you would then have to calculate what the odds are that that number of animals would end up in San Francisco subsequent to the snap. The problem you solved is both trivial (even including the dozens upon dozens of confounding factors you left out, the chances of something reasonably plausible happening within the span of five years approaches 100%) and not particularly relevant to the question at hand.

  • GAforts Olama68 and Noonecares21311j

    Doctor strange did say that we only win in one timeline

  • Noobsaibot21
    Noobsaibot21 4 days ago

    Lets be honest, there might have been a donut or Candybar nearby in the van too

  • TomatosquidOlivia
    TomatosquidOlivia 4 days ago

    Oh shoot a rat

  • That one Zelda gamer

    Your dad should’ve pulled out

  • Tyler McCallum
    Tyler McCallum 5 days ago

    Legitimately watched you for 3 hours yesterday 😂 work is crazy boring and I'm here for theories while its slow, padding mad Pat's stats.

  • Daniel Moolman
    Daniel Moolman 5 days ago

    Here's an interesting thought. If you lived in the MCU, where would you have been at the time of the snap? I've worked it out to be 26 April, 2018 at 4 pm GMT.

  • Daniel Moolman
    Daniel Moolman 5 days ago +1

    Well, there are several movie that start with tiny events. Take the Lego movie, which starts only because Emmett just so happened to lose his pamphlet (his instructions), fall into a hole, and finding the piece of resistance.

  • Daniel Moolman
    Daniel Moolman 5 days ago

    I mean, it could've been anything, so long as it was a freak accident. Maybe a power surge could do it, or anything. I assume it took a press of a button to release Scott, so statistically it could happen.

  • Zuno Zoo
    Zuno Zoo 6 days ago

    ... *counts* Jump, this is my third hour straight watching your videos this morning.... I need a life!!! XD

  • gpr127
    gpr127 6 days ago +1

    The real question I would ask is, "If you previously got stuck in the Quantum Realm and got out by having one of Hank Pym's size altering discs, why would you EVER enter the realm again without having the same back up method in reserve?

  • Ai Enma
    Ai Enma 6 days ago

    At the end of the day no matter what math you do there’s always gonna be % chance that rat pushing that button

  • Christopher Edwards
    Christopher Edwards 7 days ago +1

    Why am I not surprised this video is sponsored by Nord VPN
    *flashback of over 30 episodes sponsored by Nord VPN*

  • The Godzilla
    The Godzilla 7 days ago

    100,000 of the rats live in central park

  • Coconut & Cookie
    Coconut & Cookie 8 days ago

    Rats are adorable tho I have two at home 😁😍

  • TheInator1234
    TheInator1234 8 days ago

    6:05 what an interesting way to estimate pi, using rats and football fields. My favorite way to estimate pi is shown on a video by "3blue1brown" called "The most unexpected answer to a counting puzzle"

  • Fiona W
    Fiona W 9 days ago

    In hostpitl

  • KLJ videos
    KLJ videos 9 days ago

    Bruce is the genius

  • Keegan Wahlmeier
    Keegan Wahlmeier 9 days ago

    You forgot to calculate the number of rats after the snap.

    • Keegan Wahlmeier
      Keegan Wahlmeier 9 days ago

      Look at this idiot, didn't even watch the rest of the video.

  • Jeffrey C
    Jeffrey C 10 days ago

    Rats reproduce extremely fast. Their natural predators have also been half snapped away without the extreme breeding capability. With half the humans as well, you can see the city going into disarray. I prime breeding ground for a plauge of rats. 5 years isnt enough time to deplenish the food supply of such a huge city so exponential growth in that time would be expected.

  • BenDoge44 -
    BenDoge44 - 10 days ago

    Omg ratatouille

    Is our SAIVIOR

  • rat
    rat 11 days ago +1

    so amazing

  • Rokenrolas Lankanlolas

    I thought he gonna talk about the black death tho what the frick

  • Mark Oman
    Mark Oman 11 days ago

    I can live with the idea that one rat randomly saves the universe, but the thing I really can't get behind is that out of the 14m-1 possibilities where Thanos is victorious, there isn't one Thanos aware of the fact that someone tries to stop him via time travel (as we see in Endgame). Let's say there is one version of the final battle in Endgame with Thanos winning. Wouldn't he make sure by using the IS that no one use time travel?

  • House of Entertainment
    House of Entertainment 12 days ago +1

    Wait a minute wasn’t it kinda useless to snap the animals

  • House of Entertainment
    House of Entertainment 12 days ago +1

    Or it’s just remi

  • Ben Vacco
    Ben Vacco 13 days ago

    I’m not gonna lie, when me and my brother walked out of the theater, we were discussing our favorite parts, and I was like “the rat that saved the universe”

  • Jeffrey Mariche
    Jeffrey Mariche 14 days ago

    Me:Omg why so much math😤😤😤😤😤

  • Wadas 90
    Wadas 90 14 days ago

    i think it was bran from game of thrones who warged to rat and save all

  • Daddy Dandy
    Daddy Dandy 14 days ago

    How dare you use superman a dc character to advertise nord on a mavel episode

    BERNARDO MAGAÑA 14 days ago

    The odds of one rat pushing the bottom might be mayor.
    It's never mentioned what lifeforms disappeared with the snap, it could be the half of the universe living organisms and considering the extension of the universe the earth could not even been afected, the we know it did but it might not erase any rat!!

  • kuuhaku 「」
    kuuhaku 「」 15 days ago

    We need a hacker
    Ned: allow me to introduce myself

  • Halo Nadz
    Halo Nadz 15 days ago

    I live 30 mins away from sf and I see more homeless people than rats

  • Epic
    Epic 16 days ago

    Still rats would likely go to places they find food so you shouldn't say they only go places 1 time

  • Peachy Chu
    Peachy Chu 16 days ago


  • Nick Ramirez
    Nick Ramirez 16 days ago

    Or the watcher sent it

  • Gabe the ape
    Gabe the ape 16 days ago

    is no one going to talk about how when the avengers snap in endgame they technically snapped out half the universe cuz they can't just snap out thanos

    BUuRStDEADLEY GAMER 17 days ago

    Idk bout you guys but I believe that in the movie captain marvel was the most useless character

  • Awesomeness 11
    Awesomeness 11 17 days ago

    I don’t know if you say this later in the video but I’m in the start, what if the rat was a skrull?

  • Khoi Le
    Khoi Le 17 days ago +3

    But hey, that's just a theory. A rat theory, thank for watching.

  • Mig Arogan
    Mig Arogan 18 days ago

    That was Tekashi 69

  • MegaShon
    MegaShon 18 days ago

    Its like the clickbite thigs but its not

  • unknown user
    unknown user 18 days ago

    Gosh Darnit Ratatouille, I TOLD YOU,NO DISEASES !

  • TShanks11
    TShanks11 18 days ago

    Tony stark was working on this for a long time

  • NFSF1McLaren
    NFSF1McLaren 18 days ago

    the most ridiculous thing isn't the rat kickstarting the movie's plot, but the fact that even when he's in danger, Bobby Newport's rescue was handed to him

  • ReJecT BlaZeD
    ReJecT BlaZeD 19 days ago

    When he said "Get dunked on ", look closely at what the ball turns into...5:15

  • Success Mahle
    Success Mahle 19 days ago

    Mat pat is pretty cool

  • AngelRodney
    AngelRodney 19 days ago

    yeah, but who actually put the van on the storage building? When antman 2 finished, they were on the roof of another building! who had the time to take the van and move it to the storage after half of the people died?

  • Ryle Alvarez
    Ryle Alvarez 19 days ago

    It wouldn’t just be 50 rats because over the course of five years they would have re-populated

  • Mokey Man
    Mokey Man 19 days ago

    Who else realized that they weren't subscribed until he said to subscribe

  • le medic
    le medic 20 days ago