Ant-Man
Paul Rudd broods as Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Marvel Studios)

Early reviews of Marvel's upcoming release Ant-Man have revealed that the film has several references and tie-ins to the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie reportedly helps in setting up the plot for Captain America: Civil War, which will also feature Ant-Man in a key role.

Actor Paul Rudd, who plays Ant-Man, recently shared some details about being a part of the ensemble cast and becoming one of the Avengers in Captain America 3. (via ComicBookMovie)

"I went to the set of Captain America 3 and all of a sudden I'm standing next to some of the Avengers and I turned into a little kid!" he told Entertainment Tonight (ET). "And they're calling me by my character name!"

Rudd, who has finished filming his portions for the superhero team-up flick, called his Ant-Man director Peyton Reed to share his excitement.

"Paul called up and he was so excited [saying] 'I know I'm a superhero – we just did an entire movie together – but now I'm in this other movie, and I'm like talking to Captain America, it really is sinking in. I'm a part of the Marvel Universe!' He was like a kid, it was amazing!" Reed told ET.

Captain America: Civil War is slated for release on 6 May 2016.