20 facts you might not know about 'Ant-Man'

The first idea of an Ant-Man movie came a long time ago Way back in the 1980s, Stan Lee went to New World Pictures with the idea of doing a movie based on Ant-Man. 

There was possibly only one choice to play Scott Lang Rumors had it that Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were up for the lead role in Ant-Man,

Wright left the project After being at the center of Ant-Man for years, Wright left the film in May 2014 due to creative differences. Apparently, at one point, Marvel had plans to craft a draft of the screenplay without Wright’s involvement, which he reasonably blanched at. 

All the changes cost them some cast Matt Gerald and Kevin Weisman had been cast in Wright’s version of the film, but their parts were cut in the draft McKay wrote, so they did not end up in the movie.

Rudd went all in to prepare for the role Rudd said he took the “Chris Pratt approach” to get ready to make the movie, which is to say, “Eliminate anything fun for a year, and then you can play a hero” (h/t Variety). Indeed,

Ant-Man’s debut gets referenced Darren Cross, the villain Corey Stoll plays, jokes that the idea of a person being shrunk sounds like a “tale to astonish.” Well, the character of Ant-Man actually made his debut in issue 27 of the Marvel comic fittingly called “Tales to Astonish.”

Stoll didn’t get to have the same superhero fun as Rudd Rudd got to wear an Ant-Man costume when filming, but Stoll did not get to join in on the festivities. 

Reed called his shot, in a way Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp, has a brief non-speaking appearance in Ant-Man. Hayley Lovitt plays her. Lovitt was cast because she had “Michelle Pfeiffer eyes,” and in Reed’s dream casting, he would have Pfeiffer play Janet.

You may recognize Hank Pym’s house Real estate often pops up in multiple pieces of pop culture. Take, for example, the house that serves as Hank Pym’s place. It also served as the Halliwell Manor in the supernatural procedural Charmed.

You can’t mess with Thomas the Tank Engine If you are doing a fight scene involving a model train set, you want to use Thomas the Tank Engine. It’s not so simple, though. Reed and the Marvel team met with the people who own the rights to the Thomas character, and they had a lot of stipulations. 

The idea of the quantum realm was added late The whole quantum realm thing was not in Wright’s script but was added by Reed. In the comics, this concept was known as the “microverse,” but because of legal reasons, Marvel couldn’t use that in the film.