ANT-MAN: Major Story And Character Details Revealed


Entertainment Weekly were lucky enough to visit the set of Ant-Man last year, and they have a very interesting feature up about their time there. For starters, they witnessed a scene which took place in Hank Pym's (Michael Douglas) basement control room as he, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) come up with a plan to steal the Yellowjacket suit from Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). They caught some snippets of dialogue - "Cross has the place loaded with transmission blockers!" - and even a mention of Howard Stark, but that's as specific as things get. However, those of you worrying that major changes will be made to Lang's origin story (in which he steals the Ant-Man suit from Pym) needn't worry, as they seemingly reveal that he does indeed end up "nabbing" the Ant-Man suit when he's released from jail. Lang spends time behind bars for stealing from a CEO of a corrupt company that was itself stealing from its employees.

"He’s not used to being a hero," director Peyton Reed tells the site. "He’s more like George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven. He’s a guy ­trying to ­create a new life for himself and find redemption." If you're still sceptical about Rudd being cast as Ant-Man, Marvel President Kevin Feige elaborates on what makes the comedic actor the right man for the job. "We wanted Scott Lang to have made mistakes that cost him dearly. But we wanted the audience to be rooting for him despite that. Paul Rudd can do almost anything and you’re still charmed by him." It sounds like Lang and Pym cross paths when the original Ant-Man hires the "master theif" to steal his suit as some sort of test. From there, Scott is trained by his new mentor all as part of the plan to take down Cross. The villain is apparently a former protégé of Pym’s who has developed his own version of the Ant-Man technology and created Yellowjacket. The duo's attempt to steal his suit will be complicated somewhat by the precense of Hope. "She’s not been in her father’s life for a long time," Lilly says. "So her arc in the movie—as Scott’s is with his daughter—is trying to find a relationship."
So, how are they going to go about filming those shrinking scenes? (we caught a glimpse of one such moment in the trailer of course) "What we’re doing is very different from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," Reed promises. "It’s going to be much more experiential." As a result, the actors won't be working with oversized props as Marvel are taking the far more advanced route of using macro photography and motion-capture technology. "There are cameras and lenses that make small areas look like the most epic landscapes," adds co-producer Brad Winderbaum. "Then we’re shooting motion capture with Paul to insert Ant-Man into those environments." Both Rudd and Stoll donned motion capture suits as a result, with the latter saing: "The director shouts out, ‘And now you’re gonna get punched on the left side of your face!’ ‘And now there’s a swarm of ants!’ It was a lot of fun."

Entertainment Weekly also shares new character details. "[Darren Cross] was this child prodigy that Hank Pym nurtured," said Corey Stoll of his character who later becomes the Yellowjacket . "He started to become aware of this fabled technology that can shrink people to half an inch. Now he's discovered his own version of that technology-which has a psychotic effect on people if they use it too much." It's also revealed that Scott Lang's allies are portrayed by Clifford "T.I." Harris (Dave), Michael Peña (Luis), and David Dastmalchian (Kurt), whom he meets in prison early in the film. Though the trio are not based on characters from the comics, Harris says they all play a major role in Ant-Man. "We are the team that makes up the Ant-Man crusaders, if you will," said the rapper/actor.

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. Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, David Dastmalchian, Michael Pena, Bobby Cannavale, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, Wood Harris John Slattery and Gregg Turkington with multi-hyphenate T.I., and the film opens July 17, 2015

Here's a full gallery of both set shots and concept art:

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