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


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  • The Film Theorists
    The Film Theorists   2 months back

    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  1 days back

      Next episode , The rat that change the universe

    • GlaciusTS
      GlaciusTS  6 days back

      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  1 weeks back


    • arjun aganihotri
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    • sasabnis
      sasabnis  2 weeks back

      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.

  • Sean Perales
    Sean Perales  2 hours back

    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  13 hours back

      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  15 hours back

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

        • Jewel of RANDOM
          Jewel of RANDOM  22 hours back

          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

          • JooshHiill
            JooshHiill  1 days back

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


            • TheRich BoyGaming
              TheRich BoyGaming  2 days back

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

              • James Cuellar
                James Cuellar  2 days back

                Rat effect=butterfly effect

                • N. Antoine
                  N. Antoine  2 days back

                  Thanos: no one can stop me

                  Rat: are you challenging me

                  • Agent101g
                    Agent101g  2 days back

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

                    • sandra schoof
                      sandra schoof  2 days back

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

                      • Kayagorzan
                        Kayagorzan  2 days back

                        The chance is how many percentage of bacteria soap can kill

                        • Lava 321
                          Lava 321  2 days back

                          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?

                          • Opal’s Fantasy World

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

                            • Isabella Ashby
                              Isabella Ashby  2 days back

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

                              • Eatorofsouls 2284
                                Eatorofsouls 2284  3 days back


                                no hate tho...

                                • sub 2 pewdiepie
                                  sub 2 pewdiepie  3 days back

                                  You could also say the rat killed iron man

                                  • Aussie Animations
                                    Aussie Animations  3 days back

                                    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 back

                                      In the other outcomes there was a rat trap

                                      • Roaring Thunder115
                                        Roaring Thunder115  4 days back

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

                                        • Mathew Ferreira
                                          Mathew Ferreira  4 days back

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

                                          • Ruba Sabagh
                                            Ruba Sabagh  4 days back

                                            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 back

                                              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 back

                                                Not the hero we wanted but we needed

                                                • CleanixX MC
                                                  CleanixX MC  4 days back

                                                  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...

                                                  • Techa
                                                    Techa  4 days back

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

                                                    • Techa
                                                      Techa  4 days back

                                                      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 back

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

                                                        • EMPIRE MAN
                                                          EMPIRE MAN  4 days back

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

                                                          • Danniel Sarate
                                                            Danniel Sarate  5 days back

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

                                                            • itz ya girl izzi
                                                              itz ya girl izzi  5 days back

                                                              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 back

                                                                Did I just watch a 15 mins ad?

                                                                • alarcon99
                                                                  alarcon99  5 days back

                                                                  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 back

                                                                    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!
                                                                    Brain: IT’ S EDUCATIONAL

                                                                    • James Black
                                                                      James Black  5 days back

                                                                      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 back

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

                                                                        • Susana Siobhan
                                                                          Susana Siobhan  5 days back

                                                                          Rats can be hella cute tho

                                                                          • Monkey Scream
                                                                            Monkey Scream  5 days back

                                                                            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 back

                                                                              I saw Nord VPN coming in from a mile away

                                                                              • andrew williams
                                                                                andrew williams  6 days back

                                                                                but I am subscribed tho

                                                                                • Adam Freed
                                                                                  Adam Freed  6 days back

                                                                                  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 back

                                                                                      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 back

                                                                                        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 back

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

                                                                                          • DANKerTester
                                                                                            DANKerTester  6 days back

                                                                                            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 back

                                                                                              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 back

                                                                                            What about rat reproduction and natursl death?

                                                                                            • Ani Balabanyan
                                                                                              Ani Balabanyan  7 days back

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