Ant-Man Hank Michael Douglas

53. Cross is aware what he’s getting into… – …with the 10 Rings, Martin Donovan’s character and whomever else sitting there. Stoll confirmes his character is well aware what he’s doing isn’t exactly moral.

54. “How’s Your Face” – The line of the day, and maybe the movie, goes to Hank Pym. As he and Cross walk away, he’s stopped by Martin Donovan’s character. “Long time no see Dr Pym, how’s retirement?” “How’s your face?” Pym asks him as they shake hands and he walks away. Douglas would later explain. “He insulted my deceased wife in an office [flashback] scene, and it calls for a punch.”

55. Michael Douglas plays himself in flashback – Though they hadn’t shot it yet, Douglas was looking forward to shooting the aforementioned flashback where he played himself from several decades ago. He wasn’t allowed to give specifics but the above Donovan punch was going to be part of it, as would him shaving his beard and goatee. Months later, we’d find out this is the opening scene of the film.

56. Using the Ant-Man suit isn’t good for you – The reason Hank gave up being Ant-Man is the constant shrinking and growing isn’t good for the human body and it has messed him up.

ILM Stuff

(8 Months Later, Disney flew us to Industrial Light and Magic to meet with Peyton Reed again. There we saw a bunch of footage from the movie, and asked more questions about it.)

57. “Tip Moments” – In the film, Michael Pena plays Scott Lang’s former cell mate and current best friend. We saw him in multiple scene and his humor steals the movie. Several of these scenes are “Tip Moments” where he explains how he heard about a particular tip on a crime to be committed. They’re very fast edited scenes where Pena’s voice over comes out of the mouths of the characters he’s describing. It’s incredibly funny.

58. Trial by Water – The first time Scott tries on the Ant-Man suit, Hank Pym gives him what he calls a “trial by water.” I won’t spoil exactly what that means, or what happens in the scene after that, but let’s just say Scott’s first time in the world of the small is about as disorientating and visually exciting as you’d expect.

Ant-Man Pena TI

59. Old school Disney reference – Another funny Michael Pena moment is when he’s helping Scott do a job and decides to whistle a tune. The tune he whistles is “It’s a Small World,” the theme song to the Disney ride, which is funny for obvious reasons. Reed said many songs were discussed for the character to whistle including songs by Adam Ant.

60. A concert attended by Peyton Reed comes into play – Remember way back in #4, the scene described in the helicopter which then went into a briefcase? Well, we saw the full final scene. It’s pretty much as described above but we finally saw what happened when Yellowjacket and Ant-Man end up in the case. There are a lot of familiar gadgets and items you’d expect, including an iPhone. That iPhone is accidentally made to play a song: the live version of Disintegration by The Cure from a 1992 concert at the Rose Bowl. Reed was at that concert and suggested maybe that’s why this song was chosen.

61. There are way more Avengers connections than you’re expecting – We’ve seen the TV spots featuring Scott mentioning the Avengers, and we’ve read the quotes about the role Ant-Man has to play in the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe and the fact he’s in Captain America: Civil War. All that said, there’s a very cool, very surprising MCU scene in the film we saw but were not allowed to spoil. Suffice to say, it’s wonderful and fans are going to freak.

62. Dust is important – To make Ant-Man seem small, the animators and director had to regularly place him on or next to regular-sized objects for points of references. One that was used quite frequently, but probably most invisibly, was dust particles. Peyton Reed called him “their friends.”

63. Smaller Than a Muscle Man – When dealing with the effects teams, Reed and his crew would often use common action figures as a frame of reference as to how big Ant-Man looked in a scene, and how different he should look. In earlier iterations, sometimes he looked like a G.I. Joe, a Kenner Star Wars figure, or old school Mego figure. But he had to be smaller. The phrase used was, “smaller than a M.U.S.C.L.E. man.”

64. There is a credits sequence – While no one would go into specifics, Reed did confirm there’s a credits sequence that may tie into the other films.

65. Ant-Man 2 – Marvel loves their sequels and though there aren’t yet plans for a sequel to Ant-Man, Peyton Reed said he hopes that happens and he would absolutely love to come back. Like James Gunn and the Guardians, he feels a certain attachment to the characters, which even lead to a little jealousy when he talked to the Russo Brothers about using Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War.

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Ant-Man is directed by Peyton Reed, written by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd. It stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian and Michael Douglas. The film opens July 17.

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