December 26, 2023 | Cadeem Lalor

Tiny Facts About Ant-Man

Released in 2015, Ant-Man tells the story of cat burglar Scott Lang, played by the always-lovable Paul Rudd, who finds himself in the possession of a super-suit that allows him to shrink in scale and pull off a heist to save the world.

Here are a few things you might not know about Ant-Man.

Ant-Man Facts

1. Ant-Man 2.0

Scott Lang was not the original Ant-Man. His mentor Hank Pym was. However, in the comic books, his character developed a few personalities, one of which abused his girlfriend. Deeming him “no longer family-friendly,” the studio opted to go with Scott Lang and put Hank Pym in the mentor role, because when you mistreat women, you can’t be a superhero.

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2. Yippee Ki-Yay Mister Falcon

Falcon wasn’t originally in the story, but after Paul Rudd and Adam McKay saw Captain America: Winter Soldier, they fell in love with the character and insisted he be in Ant-Man.

FalconMarvel Studios , Ant-Man (2015)

3. Kids Say the Darnedest Things

When Paul Rudd told his nine-year old son that he was playing the titular character in Ant-Man, he responded with, “Wow, I can’t wait to see how stupid that’ll be.”

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4. The Fountain of Youth

For the flashback scenes, the filmmakers used VFX to make the 70-year old Michael Douglas and 57-year old Martin Donovan look younger. Usually men use younger women to feel younger, but computers work too.

Michael Douglas factsAnt-Man (2015), Marvel Studios

5. Wall Street: The College Years

After seeing himself as the younger version of himself, Douglas joked that he would love to do a prequel to one of his earlier films.

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6. That White Gold

Douglas mentioned that he would like for his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, to play the role of Janet Van Dyne, Pym’s wife and the original superheroine Wasp. The role went to Michelle Pfeiffer. You can’t always get what you want. But, we gotta say, Michelle Pfeiffer is an excellent consolation prize.

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7. That’s How You Get Ants

Michael Douglas turned 70 while filming Ant-Man. To help him celebrate, the crew got him a birthday cake in the shape of a film reel decorated with ants that we hope were made of icing.

Ant-Man factsAnt-Man (2015), Marvel Studios

8. He Bought the Farm

To inspire himself for the film, Rudd bought a massive ant farm and observed how they worked together. He still has it.

Ant-Man factsAnt-Man (2015), Marvel Studios

9. Flipping Out

Knowing that he would have to do flips, rolls, and other acrobatic feats, Rudd enlisted the help of a gymnast coach so he would be as convincing as possible.

Ant-Man factsAnt-Man (2015), Marvel Studios

10. Strong Like Ant

Rudd got in such good shape that they had to alter the Ant-Man costume to account for his new physique.

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11. The Wright Stuff

Writer Edgar Wright insisted that Marvel not use Ant-Man or Wasp until he had finished the movie. This is the only reason they weren’t seen in The Avengers. That, and there were already two billion superheroes in that movie already.

Chris Evans factsAvengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Marvel Studios

12. Out of the Mouse House

Edgar Wright was the one who proposed the film to Marvel back in 2003. He shot a test reel, hired a cast, and was very close to start filming. But he dropped out of the project after he ran into “creative differences” with Disney.

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13. No Marvel Movie is an Island

One of the major factors that led to his departure was the fact that Wright wanted the film to be a standalone work, with no references to the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, Marvel had other plans. Giant plans (re: Civil W.).

Captain America: Civil W. (2016),Marvel Studios

14. Pew Pew!

The sound effects for the laser fired from Yellowjacket’s suit are the same as those used for the main piece on Star Wars AT-ATs.

Ant-Man factsAnt-Man (2015), Marvel Studios

15. Think of the Children!

Douglas says that he took on the role of Hank Pym so his children (aged 12 and 14) would be able to see him in a movie. We guess Fatal Attraction isn’t suitable for family movie night.

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16. Can’t Spell Astonish Without Ant

Darren Cross jokes that the idea of a shrinking human sounds like a “tale to astonish.” Ant-Man made his debut in the comic “Tales to Astonish” issue #27. Yay for inside references!

Ant-Man factsAnt-Man (2015), Marvel Studios

17. The First Chair

Darren Cross shrinks a chair as part of a demonstration. A chair was also the first thing that Hank Pym shrank.

Ant-Man factsAnt-Man (2015), Marvel Studios

18. A Stark Difference

In the comics, Hank Pym is actually the one who creates Ultron. Of course, Tony Stark does so in the movies because, y’know, drama.

Avengers Films factsAvengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Marvel Studios

19. Tiny and Shiny

The ants in the movie were generally inspired by Saharan silver ants, which possess longer legs, can use their front legs as arms, and also have a fur coat that make them look shinier and armored.

Ant-Man factsAnt-Man (2015), Marvel Studios

20. Behold the Noble Ant

The ants’ movements were slowed down so they seemed more noble and not, y’know, ant-like.

Ant-Man factsAnt-Man (2015), Marvel Studios

21. Live From New York

Garret Morris, who played a cab driver in the film, was the first actor to ever portray a live-action Ant-Man in a 1975 sketch from Saturday Night Live.

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22. We All Scream

The filmmakers considered having Scott work at a Chipotle and then a Jamba Juice before finally settling on Baskin-Robbins, after realizing that the bright colors would nicely offset the darkness of the opening penal institution scene.

Ant-Man factsAnt-Man (2015), Marvel Studios

23. Now Buscemi, Now You Don’t

Michael Douglas was actually the second choice for the role of Hank Pym. The filmmakers originally wanted Steve Buscemi.

Ant-Man FactsWikipedia, Rhododendrites

24. Short Film

The movie was filmed in 1.85:1 aspect ratio rather than the customary 2.35:1 for most Marvel films to reflect the short stature of the title character.

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25. Whoops

Paul Rudd tried to prank Michael Douglas by flashing him during a monologue (trying to emulate the famous Sharon Stone scene in Basic Instinct), but the prank totally backfired when his "junk" got caught in the waistband of his boxers. Paul tried to reach down to readjust, but during the struggle it looked like he was playing with himself during Douglas' monologue.

Michael Douglas just stopped, completely straight-faced, and said "What are you a [redacted]ing pervert?"

As which point, a sheepish Paul Rudd had to backpedal and explain, "I'm so sorry, I was just trying to Basic Instinct you. I thought it'd be great."

Thankfully, Michael Douglas heard the explanation, shrugged, said "Oh, well OK then," and got back to work.

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