Ant-Man Ants Marching

14. Scott Lang has been in prison – Early in the movie, Lang has been in prison for 4 or 5 years. When asked what that means for his knowledge of the Avengers, Rudd jokes, “We should probably write that into the movie.” Director Peyton Reed later confirmed that the film does answer that question.

15. The most unique finale yet – Every Marvel movie is known for its big action packed finale and Ant-Man will be no different. However, instead of destroying another city Feige said this was their most unique one yet because the whole thing takes place in a girl’s bedroom — presumably that of Lang’s daughter. Normal objects inside the room will shrink and be enlarged to crazy effect.

16. The ants are this film’s Rocket and Groot – Ant-Man, both the movie and the character, has a lot of ants. In the film, hundreds of thousands of CG ants will be at the beck and call of Pym and then Lang. (Real ones were used for reference, nothing more.) Some of those ants will have personalities and become their own characters. One in particular is Lang’s “noble steed,” the flying ant he calls Ant-Anee (As in “Anthony”). Also, there will be lots of cool visuals using their group mentality including one with wallpaper in Pym’s house. Reed says this film will answer in a definitive way that ants are cool and thinks they are way more crucial and interesting than the shrinking aspect of the character.

17. Not all the ants will look real – When researching ants, Feige said they realized up close, they were just a bit too gross and scary. So some of the hair on their bodies has been cut down and the legs made smaller to make them more friendly looking and less menacing.

18. Macrophotography is everything – Unlike Honey I Shrunk the Kids or something like that, Ant-Man isn’t using scaled sets. There are no big telephones or plants to make Ant-Man look small. Instead, a full stage at Pinewood was dedicated to macrophotography, another first for a Marvel film. Full crews took specialized cameras, lenses and filmed super super close to real household objects for footage that’ll later be used as plates for shots with Ant-Man inserted. More on this soon.

19. Paul Rudd is writing – After Edgar Wright left the film, the script went through many changes. One of the big ones involved Adam McKay coming on board. McKay, a huge comic fan, is best known for comedies like Anchorman, which also starred Rudd. So Rudd joined McKay in sculpting the script and continued to write all the way through shooting. “That was certainly not initially part of the whole thing, for him to write,” Douglas said. “I did raise my hand a little bit, because I didn’t know Paul that well. I said, ‘Excuse me, but the leading actor writing the script? [They said] ‘No, no we’re watching.’ Alright fine.”

20. Adventures Through Inner Space homage – Kevin Feige revealed the film would have an homage to the old Disneyland attraction Adventures Through Inner Space. Peyton Reed seemed to hint it would be auditory.

Paul Rudd in Ant-Man

21. Lots of costumes, lots of pieces – Over in the costume department, we’re told the team made 13 different Ant-Man suits, and 17 different Ant-Man helmets for the film, each of which consisted of 54 pieces.

22. Scott Lang will make enhancements to the suit – While no one would be specific, the costume team and Paul Rudd confirmed that, as the film goes on, Scott will make some improvements to the suit.

23. Quick changes – It takes Rudd and a team of up to four people less than 15 minutes to put on or take off the suit. Men literally stand next to him with screwdrivers. Corey Stoll, on the other hand, doesn’t have to worry about that. His suit is fully CG so it doesn’t exist in the real world. It will move much differently than Ant-Man’s.

24. Digital lenses – One of the main differences in those 17 helmets is that some have lenses and others don’t. For a lot of the film, Rudd will shoot without the lenses in the helmet; they’ll be digitally added in later.

25. The suit is fully functional – Though it may look weird, the Ant-Man suit was designed to be a totally working thing. Everything on the mask, belt and back serves a purpose. It also all lights up when a powerpack is added to the back, both in the movie and in real life.

26. Specific shot, specific costume – Over the course of the film, some shots required the costume designers to improvise. If Ant-Man was being dragged, they had to design a belt without a front so one wouldn’t get totally messed up. If he was being thrown into a wall, the powerpack had to be remade in rubber, but look like it’s metal. Sometimes, they’d have literally minutes to complete such tasks.

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