Several months after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, thief Scott Lang must aid his mentor and former hero Dr. Hank Pym in safeguarding the mystery of the Ant-Man technology—which allows its user to decrease in size but increase in strength—from various new threats, and plot a heist that will save the Earth.
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Miscellaneous The gun Dr cross uses to threaten ant-man is a glock which doesn't have a hammer which can be blocked.
This marks Paul Rudd's first time as a Marvel Superhero.
Scott Lang has red hair in the comics. Paul Rudd has dark brown hair. Edgar Wright himself pointed to Rudd's natural charisma, which would make Scott likeable despite being a criminal in-story; essentially, he was the natural choice for the role.
Scott lives at the Milgrom Hotel. This was named after comic-book artist Al Milgrom.
The film was originally going to start Phase 3 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but instead was changed for Phase 2 with Captain America: Civil War (2016) to start the new phase.
Like The Mask of Zorro (1998), this film involves the aging original hero (Michael Douglas/Anthony Hopkins) acting as a mentor to a younger one (Antonio Banderas/Evangeline Lilly) who eventually takes over the superhero role, and also becomes romantically involved with his daughter. The daughter in The Mask of Zorro was played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is Michael Douglas's wife.
Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace both starred in a Phase Two Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie, and both also starred in films from The Hobbit trilogy. Lilly played Tauriel in both The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), while Pace played Thranduil in all three films.
The movie is set in San Francisco. Michael Douglas starred in The Streets of San Francisco (1972).
Michael Keaton, who played Batman, had to change his name from Michael Douglas. Here Michael Douglas plays a superhero of his own.
Garrett Morris, the man in the car Scott lands on after first putting on the suit, costars with Thor (2011) supporting actress Kat Dennings on 2 Broke Girls (2011).
David Dastmalchian has been in a DC Comics film as well: The Dark Knight (2008).
Hank wants Scott to use the Ant-Man technology to pull off a heist. In the comics, Scott Lang stole the Ant-Man suit in hopes of pulling off enough heists to save his sick daughter.
Yellowjacket in this film is a combination of Yellowjacket (a mentally unstable superhuman), Darren Cross (a villainous businessman and enemy of Scott Lang), Eric O'Grady (an amoral and selfish person with Pym tech) and Ultron (a deranged apprentice of Pym). In the comics, Yellowjacket was one of Hank Pym's alternate personalities.
Will contain 2 scenes. 1 Mid Credit and 1 Post Credit. The first shows Dr. Pym giving Hope the Wasp suit, and explains that it is a prototype that he and her mother, the original Wasp, worked on. The second shows Captain America and Falcon finding The Winter Soldier tied up in a secret base. Falcon afterwards talks about calling someone implying Ant Man.
References Spiderman once near the end of the film. A woman says she knows a man who jumps high, a man who shrinks, and "a guy who can crawl up walls".
According to Peyton Reed, Scott shrinking into the Microverse to save Cassie is a homage to sci-fi writer Richard Matheson's stories "Little Girl Lost" (from Twilight Zone (1959)) and The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), and the inter-dimensional travel films 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and The Black Hole (1979).
Hank Pym mentions that not wearing a proper helmet might unbalance the brain's chemicals. He is also shown to be taking some sort of pills when going through a metal detector. This may be a reference to his multiple personality disorder, which at least is known to exist in the comic books.
Janet van Dyne (Wasp) ends up shrinking herself into a microscopic dimension and was presumed dead. This was her fate in the Marvel comic "Secret Invasion".
After showing archival footage of Ant-Man (Hank Pym) in action, Cross jokes that the whole idea sounds like a "tale to astonish." The character Hank Pym debuted in the comic Tales to Astonish #27(Jan. 1962) and first donned the suit and moniker of Ant-Man in Tales to Astonish #35 (Sep. 1962.)
Scott uses one of his discs to increase his own size. Besides the ant-man suit, Hank Pym has also used his science to create the Giant Man persona.
Falcon makes an appearance.
Stan Lee makes a cameo in the movie as the bartender who says a woman looks "stupid fine."
Originally the film was meant to focus on the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym. However, the filmmakers deemed Pym as having a too family-unfriendly history (Pym developed several split personalities, one of whom abused his girlfriend Janet) and instead decided to focus on Pym's successor Scott Lang, with Pym becoming a mentor and supporting character.
Originally, director Edgar Wright, a big fan of Ant-Man, proposed the film to Marvel in 2003, describing it as "an action-adventure comedy; a cross-genre action and special effects bonanza." He had been developing the movie since then, shooting a test reel, hiring the cast, and was close to begin shooting the movie. Then, in 2014, he dropped out due to 'creative differences' between him and Disney, which had bought out Marvel Studios two years prior.
This was originally supposed to be the the first chapter of Phase Three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now Captain America: Civil War (2016) will open Phase Three and this has moved to the end of Phase Two.
While Edgar Wright was working on the film, he requested that Marvel would refrain from using Ant-Man or Wasp until he had finished the movie, which is why they were absent from The Avengers (2012).
According to Michael Douglas, the costume for Paul Rudd had to be altered because of his muscles. Rudd had gone on an extensive training and workout regimen in order to build the proper muscle size for a superhero, but Rudd had become so muscular, they had to soften his costume up.
This will be the first time John Slattery has portrayed Howard Stark since Iron Man 2 (2010). In the interim, Dominic Cooper plays a younger version of Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Agent Carter (2015).
Posters for "Pingo Doce," the Brazilian soda company Bruce Banner worked for in The Incredible Hulk (2008), can be seen in the San Francisco scenes.
Scott Lang suggests calling the Avengers to assist. In the comics Ant-Man was an original Avenger.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was considered for the role of Scott Lang / Ant-Man.
The film has been in development since the late 1980s. "Ant-Man" creator Stan Lee had made a pitch to New Line Entertainment but they found the premise too similar to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989). The project thus languished for two decades.
Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) asks Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) if it's too late to change the name of Ant-Man. Pym has had a number of superhero titles throughout the Ant-Man comics, including Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket and Wasp.
Corey Stoll describes his character of Darren Cross as a shadowy version of Hank Pym: "Cross is a guy who is not that dissimilar from Michael Douglas' character Hank Pym. A brilliant scientist, who is not ethically pure. The great thing about the whole movie is that everybody is in those shades of gray."
Ant-Man's helmet is influenced by the helmets of Iron Man and the Autobot Transformer Bumblebee.
When the role of Wasp (Hank Pym's lover and wife) was in the script, Rashida Jones and Emma Stone were considered for the part.
According to the filmmakers, the main theme in this film is "passing the torch."
In the comics, Hank Pym created Ultron. This movie is the next Marvel movie released after Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
The VFXperts decided to incorporate techniques that would make this film different from other "shrinking" films and give an "experimental" look to the film. These techniques include macro photography (digital mattes of enlarged environments) and motion-capture.
Filmed in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, rather than the usual 2.35:1 for most Marvel films, to resemble the short stature of the title character.
Michael Douglas compared Hank Pym to his role as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra (2013): "Sometimes you've got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun."
Paul Rudd stated in an interview with New York Times columnist Tom Riddle that he purchased a massive ant farm and watched how the ants worked together. He was so inspired by them that he decided to keep the farm after the filming was complete.
Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan and Gary Oldman were considered for the role of Hank Pym.
Ant-Man is the first production to film in the sound stages at the new Pinewood Atlanta Studios.
Simon Pegg described Edgar Wright's script as 'daring, fun funny and hugely exciting'. He lamented that this script will not be made.
Paul Rudd is the second Parks and Recreation (2009) cast member to be cast as a main lead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
Garrett Morris who portrays a cab driver in the film appeared as Ant Man in a Saturday Night Live (1975) sketch when Margot Kidder guest hosted. The sketch was a superhero cocktail party. When Ant-Man arrives, he's given a hard time by the other, more popular superheroes.
Although Edgar Wright dropped out of the movie, a large portion of the script he wrote is still in the story.
In an interview at Comic-Con, Peyton Reed said that Marvel originally wanted Steve Buscemi for the role of Hank Pym, but due to a scheduling conflict, they had to go with Michael Douglas, their second choice. Buscemi would later be rumoured to be in the running for the role of Uncle Ben.
Director Peyton Reed stated that Ant-Man's suit would look different from the one shown in the test footage.
The idea of a potential Ant-Man movie had been kicked around before Marvel had its own movie studio. Once the Marvel Cinematic Universe was founded, there were plans to include him in the Phase One films and be a member of the Avengers. Those plans fell through and he was supposed to have a film in Phase Two instead. The movie was then pushed back to becoming the first part of Phase Three, until it was decided that this movie would actually be the finale of Phase Two, after Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and that Captain America: Civil War (2016) would lead Phase Three. In short, its release date didn't change so much as its classification.
Jessica Chastain turned down the lead female role of Hope van Dyne due to scheduling conflicts.
In the comics, Cassie Lang becomes the size-changing super hero Stature.
Paul Rudd and stuntmen wore actual Ant-Man suits while Corey Stoll wore a motion-capture suit as Yellowjacket. This decision was made early on when creating and filming with a real Yellowjacket costume was found to be impractical.
John Slattery reprises his role as Howard Stark, Tony Stark's father. He last played the role in Iron Man 2 (2010) and can be seen when Tony is watching the home videos of his father.
'Michael Douglas' said one of his reasons for taking on the role of Hank Pym was so that his kids could see him in a movie.
Adrien Brody had been interested in playing Scott Lang.
Patrick Wilson was cast as Paxton. But after the movie was delayed, scheduling conflicts forced Wilson to drop out and Bobby Cannavale took the role.
The director of this film, Peyton Reed, was considered to direct Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), another Marvel Studios film, which was later directed by James Gunn. Reed was also attached at one point, to direct Fantastic Four (2005), a film adaptation based on another Marvel property, that was released by 20th Century Fox.
In an interview, Peyton Reed admitted that the reason Edgar Wright left was because he wanted to make the film's story to be about an ant who is given the power to become a man, instead of a man becoming the size of an ant.
In addition to getting in shape with the help of a trainer and weights, Paul Rudd worked with a gymnast. Rudd said of using a gymnast, "I knew I was going to have to do rolls and flips and things like that. I just wanted to be as convincing as possible."
Bobby Cannavale was convinced by Paul Rudd and Adam McKay to do the film, saying that they developed his character a bit more with a script rewrite. Cannavale said "They both called me and said, 'You've got to do this.' They called me before Marvel called." Cannavale felt that the big budget film's atmosphere felt more like an independent film, as he was able to improvise a lot with his fellow cast members.
The preview for the first teaser was ant-sized... Which is to say that it's almost completely impossible to tell what's going on in it. A human-sized trailer went up the next day.
Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer, Rawson Marshall Thurber, Nicholas Stoller, Michael Dowse and David Wain were considered to direct the film.
'Paul Rudd' studied up on ants as part of his preparation for the role.
Darren Cross at one point remarks that rumors of Hank Pym shrinking himself down to the size of an ant was "a tale to astonish". Hank Pym first appeared in Tales to Astonish #35 (1962)
Ewan McGregor was in the running to play Scott Lang/Ant-Man.
The Yellowjacket armor is based on the G.I. Ant-Man armor from the "Irredeemable Ant-Man" comic (which was worn by Eric O'Grady, a ).
Bobby Cannavale (Paxton) and John Slattery (Howard Stark) appeared in the hit TV series Will & Grace (1998): Cannalvale was Will's love interest and Slattery was Will's brother.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead wanted to play The Wasp.
Dave Callaham did a rewrite before filming.
The toy train that a miniaturized Ant-Man and Yellowjacket fight on is a Bachmann Thomas the Tank Engine with four coaches; Annie, Emily's Composite Coach, Clarabel, and Emily's Brake Coach, respectively.
In the comics Scott's daughter Cassie eventually dons the ant-man costume herself to become the heroine Ant-Girl. She currently uses the name Stature as she can grow to giant size.
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