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At first, the film was meant to focus on the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym. However, Pym developed several personalities, one of whom abused his girlfriend, and producers decided he was not family friendly. Instead, the focus shifted to Scott Lang, with Pym as a mentor and supporting character.
When Paul Rudd told his nine-year-old son he was going to be Ant-Man, his son said, "Wow, I can't wait to see how stupid that'll be."
The Falcon's role in the plot came about after Adam McKay and Paul Rudd went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and fell in love with the character. They casually suggested working him into the plot, and Kevin Feige informed them that it would actually make perfect sense since Falcon was now living at the New Avengers compound as of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
For the 1980s flashback scenes, de-aging VFX were used on the 70-year-old Michael Douglas and the 57-year-old Martin Donovan to make them appear younger, and aging VFX were combined with the wig and make-up 33-year old Hayley Atwell wore to make her appear older.
Michael Douglas joked about his being made younger through CGI, saying he felt like doing a prequel to one of his younger films: "Seeing myself CGI-ed at the beginning of the movie thirty years younger was incredible! I had these little dots all over my face, and I'm looking at it and half way through the scene the picture it just appeared and there I was thirty years ago. Romancing the Stone (1984). I'm thinking I'm all for a prequel!"
Michael Douglas celebrated his 70th birthday on set. As an homage to his on-screen character and to celebrate the milestone, the crew presented him with a birthday cake decorated in icing with ants crawling over a film reel.
According to Michael Douglas, the costume for Paul Rudd had to be altered because of his muscles. Rudd had gone on an extensive training and workout regimen in order to build the proper muscle size for a superhero, but Rudd had become so muscular, they had to soften his costume up.
Posters for "Pingo Doce," the Brazilian soda company Bruce Banner worked for in The Incredible Hulk (2008), can be seen in the San Francisco scenes.
While Edgar Wright was working on the film, he requested that Marvel refrain from using Ant-Man or Wasp until he had finished the movie, which is why they were absent from The Avengers (2012).
In addition to getting in shape with the help of a trainer and weights, Paul Rudd worked with a gymnast. Rudd said of using a gymnast, "I knew I was going to have to do rolls and flips and things like that. I just wanted to be as convincing as possible."
Michael Douglas explained why he took the role of Hank Pym, saying, "And most importantly, I did it for my children. They're so excited. I've finally got a picture that they are so excited about. Dad is cool. You have to understand, for most of my career, I've done so many R-rated pictures. They can never see any of my movies. Just recently, at 14 and 12, they're becoming more aware of some of the things that I've done. So, this is a lot of fun."
The laser sounds fired from Yellowjacket's suit are the same sound as the main gun on an AT-AT being fired in the Star Wars movies. Disney owns Marvel and Star Wars.
(at around 11 mins) Darren Cross jokes that the concept of a shrinking human sounds like a "tale to astonish." Ant-Man made his debut in the comic "Tales to Astonish" #27 (Jan. 1962). Darren Cross shrinks a chair as part of a demonstration; this was taken from the same comic, where the first thing Hank Pym shrank was a chair.
(at around 46 mins) Scott Lang suggests calling the Avengers to assist. In the comics, Ant-Man was an original Avenger.
Director Edgar Wright, a big fan of Ant-Man, proposed the film to Marvel in 2003, describing it as "an action-adventure comedy; a cross-genre action and special effects bonanza." He had been developing the movie since then, shooting a test reel, hiring the cast, and was close to begin shooting the movie. However, in 2014, he dropped out due to "creative differences" between him and Disney, which had bought out Marvel Studios five years prior.
(at around 32 mins) Garrett Morris, who portrays a cab driver in the film, appeared as Ant-Man in a Saturday Night Live (1975) sketch, which was the first live-action appearance of the hero.
Whilst filming a scene with Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd attempted to reenact the famous interrogation scene with Sharon Stone from Basic Instinct (1992). Rudd ultimately failed with the attempt, resulting in Michael Douglas saying "What are you? A f****** pervert?"
The shrunken down scenes feature a great deal of dust mites, which was a deliberate move by the VFX artists to emphasize an insect's point of view (they see the world in greater detail than a human does).
Scott's brief work at Baskin-Robbins was originally going to be at Chipotle, but the company did not like their negative portrayal. The filmmakers considered Jamba Juice, then settled on Baskin-Robbins after realizing that the bright colors would be a funny contrast to the dark prison opening.
The ants were specifically designed to be less grisly and friendlier than in real life:

-The ants were generally influenced by Saharan silver ants: they possess longer legs, can use their front legs as arms and possess a fur coat that makes them look shinier and armored.

-Their movements were slowed down to make them feel like noble beasts.

-The bullet ants were influenced by Ray Winstone, they were made to look heavier and their hairs were made thicker to resemble horns.

-The crazy ants were influenced by puppies, to act playful and peppy.
Paul Rudd and stuntmen wore actual Ant-Man suits while Corey Stoll wore a motion-capture suit as Yellowjacket. This decision was made early on when creating and filming with a real Yellowjacket costume was found to be impractical.
The VFX artists decided to incorporate techniques that would make this film different from other "shrinking" films and give an "experimental" look to the film. These techniques include macro photography (digital mattes of enlarged environments) and motion-capture. Trick photography was also employed: close-ups, aerial shots and long shots with wide lenses were the main techniques employed to get a good ambiance for Ant-Man in a giant environment.
At the beginning of the film, set in 1989, the Triskelion is being constructed. The building was S.H.I.E.L.D's main quarters in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
Edgar Wright wanted the film to be completely stand-alone, with no references to the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This plan did not match the studio plan for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This, among other factors, led to Wright leaving.
The size-shifting VFX (the outlines left by the body on shrinking/growing) were taken from the original "Ant-Man" comics, and was influenced by stop-motion and multiple exposure shots.
In an interview at Comic-Con, director Peyton Reed said that Marvel originally wanted Steve Buscemi for the role of Hank Pym, but due to a scheduling conflict, they had to go with Michael Douglas, their second choice. Buscemi would later be rumored to be in the running for the role of Uncle Ben.
According to Evangeline Lilly, Hope's role was much smaller in Edgar Wright's drafts. It was beefed up significantly during rewrites, with Lilly providing some ideas and input.
Although Edgar Wright dropped out of the movie, a large portion of the script he wrote is still in the story.
John Slattery reprises his role as Howard Stark, Tony Stark's father, from Iron Man 2 (2010).
(at around 46 mins) When Scott Lang tells Pym that their first move should be calling the Avengers, Pym responds by saying that they're probably busy making a city fall from the sky. This is a direct reference to the events in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
When the role of Wasp (Hank Pym's lover and wife) was in the script, Rashida Jones and Emma Stone were considered for the part.
The Yellowjacket armor is based on the G.I. Ant-Man armor from the "Irredeemable Ant-Man" comic. The suit's helmet also incorporates the facial features of Hank Pym's villainous robot Ultron.
Paul Rudd worked on rewrites with Adam McKay. Michael Peña and Evangeline Lilly have said in interviews that many of the actors were consulted on their characters during the rewrite, which resulted in expanded roles.
Filmed in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, rather than the usual 2.39:1 for most Marvel films, to resemble the short stature of the title character.
Corey Stoll describes his character of Darren Cross as a shadowy version of Hank Pym: "Cross is a guy who is not that dissimilar from Michael Douglas' character Hank Pym. A brilliant scientist, who is not ethically pure. The great thing about the whole movie is that everybody is in those shades of grey."
According to the filmmakers, the main theme in this film is "passing the torch."
Paul Rudd and Adam McKay convinced Bobby Cannavale to do the film. Cannavale said, "They both called me and said, 'You've got to do this.' They called me before Marvel called." Cannavale felt that the big budget film's atmosphere felt more like an independent film, as he was able to improvise a lot with his fellow cast members.
The preview for the first teaser was ant-sized... Which is to say that it's almost completely impossible to tell what's going on in it. A human-sized trailer went up the next day.
On the day that they filmed the sequence of Cross shrinking a lamb, when they broke for lunch, the caterer just so happened to serve lamb chops. The cast and crew claimed it was an awkward meal.
Michael Douglas compared Hank Pym to his role as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra (2013): "Sometimes you've got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun."
A sequence was filmed where Pym and Lang discuss the Ant-Man name. Lines from this exchange include "Lame, I know," "Iron Man was taken," and "Is it too late to change the name?" (Interestingly, Pym did adopt other monikers in the comics, including Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket and Wasp.) These lines were featured in trailers and TV spots, but not the finished film.
The idea of a potential Ant-Man movie had been kicked around before Marvel had its own movie studio. Once the Marvel Cinematic Universe was founded, there were plans to include him in the Phase One films and be a member of the Avengers. Those plans fell through and he was supposed to have a film in Phase Two instead. The movie was then pushed back to becoming the first part of Phase Three, until it was decided that this movie would actually be the finale of Phase Two, after Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and that Captain America: Civil War (2016) would lead Phase Three. In short, its release date didn't change so much as its classification.
Simon Pegg described Edgar Wright's script as 'daring, fun, funny and hugely exciting.' He lamented that this script will not be made.
In the comics, Hank Pym created Ultron. This movie is the next Marvel movie released after Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Peyton Reed is a huge Marvel fan and seized the opportunity to direct a film in the MCU even if it meant stepping in at the last minute to take over a project previously helmed by Edgar Wright. Before the film's release, he went on the record as saying he'd absolutely direct the sequel.
Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan and Gary Oldman were considered for the role of Hank Pym.
Scott lives at the Milgrom Hotel. This was named after comic-book artist Al Milgrom.
In the comics, Hank Pym's daughter Hope Pym (here she takes her mother's maiden name of Van Dyne) was a villainous character who acted out of resentment against her father. While that angle is present in this film, she is much more heroic and reasonable here.
Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) has said that he would like his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones to play the role of Janet van Dyne, the superheroine Wasp and Pym's wife, at some point in the future.
During an interview with the film's star Paul Rudd on The Howard Stern Show (1990), Stern told Rudd he had tried - 15 years prior to the release of Ant-Man - to buy the rights from Marvel in hopes to translate it to the big screen.
(at around 32 mins) When Scott is sucked into the vacuum cleaner, the logo on the vacuum reads "Kirby" with a Greek omega symbol. While Kirby is real vacuum cleaner company, the "omega" symbol was not a part of their logo. Jack Kirby was a co-creator of Ant-Man and the creator of Darkseid, who did use the "omega" symbol as part of his Omega Force and Omega beams.
(at around 1h 45 mins) In the last scene of the film when Luis is telling Scott about a tip, the girl talking to the Sam Wilson/Falcon says, ''We got a guy who jumps, we got a guy who swings, we got a guy who crawls up the wall''. This is in direct reference to Spider-Man who will be making his debut in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
Jessica Chastain turned down the lead female role of Hope van Dyne due to scheduling conflicts. She had previously bowed out of the role of Maya Hansen in Iron Man Three (2013) for the same reason.
The first production to film in the sound stages at the new Pinewood Atlanta Studios. With the exception of Doctor Strange (2016), all of Marvel Studios' subsequent productions have been filmed entirely or in part at Pinewood.
Luis, played by Michael Peña, was based on a real friend of Peña, Pablo, who is a minor criminal and talks just as rapidly as Luis does.
(at around 1h 40 mins) If you watch closely as Scott shrinks towards the Microverse, you'll see a tardigrade on the right lower portion of the screen.
(at around 41 mins) A newspaper article Hank Pym holds up mentions a Sasquatch. This refers to the Canadian superhero Sasquatch (Walter Langowski).
Paul Rudd is the second Parks and Recreation (2009) cast member to be cast as a main lead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
(at around 1h 14 mins) When Luis is posing as a guard, he whistles "It's a Small World". Not only is Ant-Man small, which makes the song appropriate, but the song is originally from a ride (Small World) at Disneyland, which, like Marvel Studios, is owned by The Walt Disney Company.
Michael Peña was actually stumbling over his words during the "telephone game" sequence.
Patrick Wilson was cast as Paxton. But after the movie was delayed, scheduling conflicts forced Wilson to drop out and Bobby Cannavale took the role. Wilson subsequently voiced a role in another superhero film the following year as the President of the United States in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
Adrien Brody, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ewan McGregor were all in the running for the role of Scott Lang.
Most of Ant-Man's action scenes were shot normally with VFX around him. The exception was the fight with Falcon: Anthony Mackie had to mime the actions of getting beaten by Ant-Man.
Peyton Reed revealed that Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari were also writers of the movie and but had to remain uncredited due to the Writers Guild. Dave Callaham also did a rewrite before filming.
Edgar Wright's drafts did not include the Wasp, save for a mention from Pym.
Marvel executive producer Victoria Alonso exclaimed one morning during filming, "You'll never believe it! I found an ant in my bathtub, and I saved it! I was talking to it!"
Edgar Wright himself selected Paul Rudd for the role of Scott Lang based on his natural charisma, which would make Scott likable despite being a criminal in-story.
The building that was used for the Pym Technologies exterior set stored records for the city of Atlanta and was also used as the news studio in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), which also starred Paul Rudd.
After this film was released, Hope Pym was introduced into the Marvel Comics as Nadia Pym ("nadia" is Russian for "hope"), daughter of Hank Pym and a Hungarian scientist.
(at around 1h 8 mins) When asked by his old Scientific Protégé, Darren Cross, why he was pushed away Hank Pym says because he sees too much of himself in him. Later, Darren Cross becomes "Yellowjacket." This could represent the fact that in the comics Yellowjacket is an alter ego of Hank Pym, along with others. Hank Pym is also fairly mentally disturbed, including aggressive behavior, in the comics.
The director of this film, Peyton Reed, was considered to direct Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), another Marvel Studios film, which was later directed by James Gunn. Reed was also attached at one point, to direct Fantastic Four (2005), a film adaptation based on another Marvel property, that was released by 20th Century Fox.
(at around 1h 35 mins) The toy train that a miniaturized Ant-Man and Yellowjacket fight on is a Bachmann Thomas the Tank Engine with four coaches; Annie, Emily's Composite Coach, Clarabel, and Emily's Brake Coach, respectively. At the time Thomas & Friends was celebrating its 70th anniversary.
Atoms consist of mostly empty space, as proven by Ernest Rutherford in his gold foil experiment. Therefore it is theoretically possible to shrink or expand material, although the means to do so are far beyond present day technology.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead wanted to play The Wasp.
Editor Dan Lebental said that despite Edgar Wright's departure and Peyton Reed joining the project, the studio still held onto the original release date. This meant that the film's post-production team lost 10 weeks of time in the process to complete the film. Lebental said that it certainly accelerated the workload on the editing, sound, visual effects and 3D rendering teams with their team doing the final mixing sound before some of the hundreds of visual effects shots even arrived for them. Lebental said that this is a norm in the business but this was an extreme situation, given Wright's departure and Reed joining.
Jordan Peele was originally cast when Edgar Wright was still director.
In Edgar Wright's drafts, Darren Cross's alter ego would have been Nano Warrior, instead of Yellowjacket. The drafts also featured a car chase sequence.
VFX director Jann K. Engel acquired real pipes from salvage yards to use in the bathroom sequence.
According to promotional spots, featuring Leslie Bibb as journalist Christine Everhart, Lang's releasing date from jail for his robbery at VistaCorp is July 17th, the same date the movie was released.
Cinematographer Russell Carpenter previously worked on The Indian in the Cupboard (1995), another film featuring a scaled-down character. Having just finished up a low budget film in India, Carpenter indicated to his agent that he was looking to get back into shooting action movies. Coincidentally as this film was changing directors, Carpenter was brought in by Peyton Reed a week later on the compressed production schedule. In order to define the film's overall look, Carpenter began watching the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films, beginning with Iron Man (2008). Carpenter really liked the look to Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and ended up using the same LUT (Look Up Table), a colour correcting "preset" used in the final stages of post-production.
While filming, the clapper boards read "Bigfoot" instead of Ant-Man to hide the true identity of the movie being filmed.
Much of the music composed by Christophe Beck for the soundtrack is written in 7/4 time signature (7 beats per measure).
While promoting Baby Driver (2017), Edgar Wright said he never watched the finished film, saying "It would kind of be like asking me, 'Do you want to watch your ex-girlfriend have sex?'"
Director Peyton Reed stated that Ant-Man's suit would look different from the one shown in the test footage.
Bobby Cannavale (Paxton) and John Slattery (Howard Stark) appeared in the hit TV series Will & Grace (1998): Cannavale was Will's love interest and Slattery was Will's brother. Michael Douglas also appeared in an episode of the TV show.
(at around 1h 40 mins) When Ant Man shrinks down to the subatomic scale, a tardigrade is briefly visible while he is shrinking, indicating that at that point, he had shrunk to less than 1mm in size.
The film takes place in 1987, 1989 and 2015.
The end credits show some names with rectangular frames around them. On the right of the frames is written "magnification" and then a number in scientific notation.
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While he was then directing the movie, Edgar Wright posted on his blog a screenshot from The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: To Steal an Ant-Man (2012) with the word "Homework." In a plot similar to the film, that episode features Hank Pym hiring superheroes (Luke Cage and Iron Fist) to catch someone who stole his Ant-Man technology (Scott Lang). The villain of the episode was William Cross (in the comics he is the cousin to Darren Cross). Additionally, Falcon's line in the film about not telling Cap he was defeated by Ant-Man comes from a similar line by Luke in the episode.
Hank Pym, Scott Lang and Clint Barton are the only superheroes in the MCU to have offspring. Hank and Scott are also the only heros to lose their wives (Janet Van Dyne apparently died at the Quantum Realm and Maggie divorced Scott). Coincidentally, Hank Pym, Scott Lang, and Clint Barton have all used Pym particles in the comics.
David Wain was considered to direct after Edgar Wright left the project.
Ant-Man is implied to have the ability to manipulate his weight and mass to be light and heavy whenever he wishes. This came from the DC Comics hero the Atom, who serves as Ant-Man's counterpart: both are heroes with shrinking abilities, and both started out as scientists who passed their titles down to others.
(at around 3 mins) Writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari appear briefly in the film, as two prisoners during Scott Lang's escape from the jailhouse. Barrer's father also appears in the film (at around 18 mins), standing at the bar during the Hope/Cross dinner scene.
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The tank used in the film is a fully functioning Soviet T-34-85 that was sent to the US in 1991 as a goodwill gift by Mikhail Gorbachev. It was loaned to the movie set by the curators of the Military Veterans Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The tank was used for nineteen days of filming, but a scene where it was shown being shrunk was later cut from the film; the real tank only appears for around nine seconds of the final product.
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Scott Lang named the ant he rides from the plane to the new Avengers warehouse "Anthony" and, coincidentally, the Avenger he encounters and true to escape from is "Falcon" whose first name just happens to be Anthony (Mackie).
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Michael Peña's character picks up Scott Lang from San Quentin prison; the same jail that Peña's character was locked up in in The Lincoln Lawyer (2011).
Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace both starred in a Phase-Two Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie, and both also starred in films from The Hobbit trilogy. Lilly played Tauriel in both The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), while Pace played Thranduil in all three films.
if you pause at 1:31:13 during the helicopter fight scene when Darren Cross is shooting at Ant-Man you see the briefcase fall and on that moment an iPhone 6S gold is in the case. the iPhone 6s' release date was 9/9/15 which is 3 months after 'Ant-Mans' official release date.
Edgar Wright has said, that despite working on "Ant-Man" for a decade, and leaving the project on his own terms, he cannot bring himself to watch the finished product.
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Hayley Atwell's final appearance in the MCU as Peggy Carter.
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Patrick Wilson was cast as William Crossnote , but he left the project after Edgar Wright's departure, citing a scheduling conflict.
This is the fourth project to star Michael Douglas where the main setting is San Francisco, following The Streets of San Francisco (1972), Basic Instinct (1992) and The Game (1997).
Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) and T.I. (Dave) share the same birthday.
Judy Greer plays Maggie Lang. She also plays Karen, mother to the two boys that go to Jurassic World (2015) on vacation where they meet Owen Grady, played by Chris Pratt who plays Starlord/Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
(at around 1h 35 mins) The toy train that collides into Yellowjacket in the battle between Ant-Man and Yellowjacket which grows to gigantic size is Thomas from the classic British children's series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends (1984).
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John Slattery and Anthony Mackie have appeared in other Marvel movies but have never shared any screen time. In another film The Adjustment Bureau (2011) they both appear onscreen at the same time.
This is the second super hero movie for actor David Dastmalchian. He previously appeared in The Dark Knight (2008) in a minor role as one of Joker's henchmen.
This is the second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be shown a 1:85:1 aspect ratio since The Avengers (2012).
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Marvel Heroes Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) & Chris Pratt (Star Lord) have both played a goofy/idiotic character named Andy on separate television shows. Rudd in Wet Hot American Summer (2001) and Pratt in Parks and Recreation (2009).
Paul Rudd has worked with several other actors from Marvel films. He appeared in The Cider House Rules (1999) with Tobey Maguire. He also appeared in I Love You, Man (2009) with J.K. Simmons, Jon Favreau and Lou Ferrigno.
Darren Cross is the main rival/antagonist of the movie. His initials are "D.C.", a hidden nod for DC Comics, the main rival/antagonist of Marvel Comics.
Ant-Man is the first solo Avenger who hasn't appeared in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film before his own solo film since Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk in 2008, and Captain America and Thor in 2012. Nick Fury first appeared in Iron Man (2008), Black Widow first appeared in Iron Man 2 (2010), Hawkeye first appeared in Thor (2011), Vision first appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) (the same for Scarlet Witch if her cameo in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) post-credits is not counted), and Spider-Man and Black Panther first appeared in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
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After Real Steel (2011), Evangeline Lilly and Anthony Mackie are cast again without sharing any screen-space.
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Judy Greer played the character Deadly Girl in the movie The Specials (2000). With Garrett Morris, that makes at least two actors playing non-super-powered characters in Ant-Man who had played superheroes in the past.
Corey Stoll plays the main antagonist Darren Cross in this movie, and also appears in the film The Bourne Legacy (2012) where the main protagonist's name is Aaron Cross.
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(at around 25 mins) Scott Lang mentions Titanic (1997) among several other references with his friends. Cinematographer Russell Carpenter previously worked on the same film.
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The plot has similarities to both The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Batman Beyond (1999) - an older hero trains a thief to be his replacement and settle an old score.
This film reunites Michael Douglas and Martin Donovan who also worked together as Secret Service agents in The Sentinel (2006).
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Michael Douglas was later considered for the role of Doc in Baby Driver (2017), Edgar Wright's next film after dropping out of this project. Kevin Spacey was ultimately cast.
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In the film, Scott turns up uninvited to his daughter's birthday, after his wife left him. In Falling Down (1993), Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) plays D-Fens, a character who spends the entire film trying to see his daughter on her birthday, despite his ex wife not wanting him there.
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(at around 50 mins) When Hope and Scott are practicing punches, Hope (Evangeline Lilly) says that her mother died in a plane crash. Previously, Lilly was a principle character in the TV series Lost (2004), which ran for 6 seasons and ended in 2010. The story begins with a plane crash.
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Pym technologies' logo is a series of 4 circles (2 inner ones are large, 2 outer ones are small) connected by lines. The 2 circles on the left are closed in; the 2 on the right are open. From left to right, the pattern is downward (small circle to large circle)-upward (large circle to small circle)-downward (small circle to large circle), which could suggest shrinking and growing in size.
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Director Peyton Reed's second film with the word "man" in the title, after Yes Man (2008).
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At the end, Ant-Man enlarges one ant to about 6-ft long. In 1954 a movie was released called Them! It had ants mutated to gigantic size. It was directed by Gordon Douglas (no relation to Michael Douglas).
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(at around 5 mins) In the Baskin-Robbins scene Scott's manager has a cup of pens on his desk. One of the pens has a birdlike character with wings on it. Later when Scott first breaks into Hank's house (at around 24 mins), he searches in a junk drawer for tape to copy a fingerprint. In the second drawer, where he finds the bottle with the liquid in it, you can see the same birdlike character figurine.
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Anthony Mackie and Michael Peña both starred in Million Dollar Baby (2004).
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Stan Lee: (at around 1h 45 mins) the bartender who says a woman looks "crazy stupid fine."


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

According to Peyton Reed when it came to using Thomas the Tank Engine during the battle sequence on Cassie's train set, there were certain stipulations when it came to showing the character. Reed and the team met with the rights holders of Thomas and had to make a presentation. The owners stipulated that Thomas couldn't be depicted as doing anything evil, had to remain neutral and no character could be tied to a train track that Thomas was going to be on, as the owners were very protective. Reed was happy with using Thomas as it helped add to the personality of the film, and that the owners found the use of Thomas funny in the film.
Hank Pym wants Scott to use the Ant-Man technology to pull off a heist. In the comics, Lang stole the Ant-Man suit from Pym in hopes of pulling off enough heists to save his sick daughter; when Pym found out, he allowed him to keep the suit as long as he used it for heroic purposes.
(at around 43 mins) Hank Pym mentions that not wearing a proper helmet might unbalance the brain's chemicals (which is what sent Cross insane). In the comics, Hank Pym actually did suffer from mental disorders (though their cause is unknown).
(at around 1h 45 mins) Ant-Man is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to feature a reference to Spider-Man, the rights to whom were recently obtained by Marvel Studios. During Luis's flashback with his cousin near the end of the film, the reporter says that there is "a guy that can jump, a guy that can swing, and a guy that can climb on walls."
A scene set in Cuba, 1962, was shot were Hank Pym shrunk a tank. It was removed from the final movie as Reed felt it removed the element of surprise for the tank's use in saving Hank later in the film.
Cassie Lang is delighted at her father's superhero career, even adopting an ant as a pet. In the comics Scott's daughter Cassie eventually dons the Ant-Man costume herself to become the heroine Giant-Girl (later Stature).
Janet van Dyne (Wasp) ends up shrinking herself into a microscopic dimension and was presumed dead. This was her fate in the Marvel comic "Secret Invasion".
Yellowjacket in this film is a combination of Ant-Man villains Yellowjacket (a mentally unstable alter ego of Pym), Darren Cross (a villainous businessman and enemy of Scott Lang) and Eric O'Grady (an amoral and selfish person with Pym tech who also was the fourth Ant-Man).
(at around 38 mins) When Scott first flies on the ant after he escapes prison, he lands on a newspaper which says "Who's to blame for Sokovia?". This is a direct reference to the events in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and is meant to lead into Captain America: Civil War (2016).
(at around 5 mins) Scott's Baskin-Robbins name tag says "Jack" which is understandable considering he was hiding the fact he was just released from prison. He then asks his co-worker "Darby" to take over at the register while he speaks to the manager. Jack and Darby are The names of Paul Rudd's children in real life.
The army tank keychain Hank Pym carries has number 153 on it, the same number seen on the tank in the surveillance footage of Ant-Man fighting guards near the beginning of the movie.
The ending was supposed to have a showdown between Ant-Man and Carson, with Ant-Man defeating him and reclaiming the stolen sample of Pym Particles. The ending was changed to Carson escaping and presumably delivering the sample to HYDRA in order to set up Captain America: Civil War (2016).
The first version of the Wasp suit was the Ant-Man suit but with specialized wings on the back and a visor in the helmet. Pym's unfinished prototype is an amalgamation of the Wasp Suit from "Avengers Forever," a black suit with a gold midriff, and the "Secret Avengers," which has a pointed helmet with yellow goggles.
(at around 13 mins) When Cross brings the Hydra agents into the room where the Yellowjacket suit is stored, one of them has part of a tattoo showing above his collar. It is the symbol of the "Ten Rings" terrorist group that kidnapped Tony Stark in the first Iron Man (2008) film.
(at around 18 mins) When Cross shrinks a board member and implodes him into a tiny blob, strawberry jam was used for the blob.
(at around 1h 40 mins) This movie continues the trend of MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) phase 2 characters losing an arm, a homage to Star Wars. Previous examples include Tony Stark cutting off Aldrich Killian's arm in Iron Man Three (2013), Loki's illusion of Thor losing his arm in Thor: The Dark World (2013), Bucky Barnes' mechanical prosthetic arm in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Ultron severing Ulyses Klaue's arm in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)), and Phil Coulson's left hand being cut off in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: S.O.S. Part 2 (2015) among others. Here, after Ant-Man sabotages the Yellowjacket's suit, the Yellowjacket begins to implode and compress, first completely losing his right arm, before the rest of his body dissipates into nothing. Kevin Feige's has stated that this trend is supposed to pay homage to the classic scene in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) where Darth Vader cuts of Luke Skywalker's hand. The Star Wars scene itself was also an homage to Yojimbo (1961).
Another ending was filmed that is closure-related. In it Scott Lang tracks down and confronts Mitchell, who knew that Carson took the Pym Particles sample during the confrontation at the lab. It was filmed as a measure of ambiguity in the event it was needed. The producers eventually decided to leave it out as a future plot point in either of another tie-in or in the sequel.
When Ant-Man enters the microverse, you can see a figure, and the figure could be Janet van Dyne who entered the microverse back when she was the Wasp possibly hinting that she could come back.
All the movie (closing film of Phase Two in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) shares many similarities with Iron Man (2008) (first film of Phase One in the Marvel Cinematic Universe):

-A revolutionary and technologically advanced crime-fighting suit is replicated (and modified to be more lethal), by a former friend/partner of the suit's inventor, who has ambitions to sell the technology to people with nefarious purposes, expressly against the wishes of the inventor.

-In an effort to protect this from happening, and protect someone he loves, the hero must use the suit beyond its expected capabilities to defeat the villain, resulting in the villain's death as his own suit is destroyed.

-The hero is endangered by the technology he uses (Obadiah extracts from Tony Stark's breast the mechanism that prevents the shrapnel inside his blood from arriving at his heart to kill him, and Scott Lang uses the special system of the suit to defeat Cross, reducing his size to enter in the Quantum Realm).

-The hero trains to use the suit with comic results (Tony Stark crashes sometimes while he constructs the first armor, and Scott Lang increases his size before the right time, crashing against the ground).

-A woman turns into the assistant of the hero (Pepper Potts for Tony Stark, and Hope Pym for Scott Lang).

-Love interest between the hero and his assistant (Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, Scott Lang and Hope Pym).

-Both movies also end with the implication that the heroes' actions have earned them consideration for joining the Avengers.

-The main villain of the movie is bald (Obadiah Stane in Iron Man, Darren Cross in Ant-Man).

-The villain dies by the suit he creates (Stark collapses Stane's armor, who falls to crash against the Arc Reactor of the laboratory, and Lang collapses Cross's armor, who vanishes in the Quantum Realm).

-Presentation of a hero for a sequel (War Machine in Iron Man, The Wasp in Ant-Man).
When Scott is shrinking to microscopic size he appears to shrink into a forest. This could allude to the Microverse. In Marvel comics its a whole world on subatomic level.
According to Peyton Reed, Scott shrinking into the Microverse to save Cassie is inspired by sci-fi writer Richard Matheson's stories "Little Girl Lost" (from The Twilight Zone (1959)) and The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), and the inter-dimensional travel films 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and The Black Hole (1979).
Scott is able to enlarge some items in size during the film, including himself. This is a homage to Giant-Man, in the comics Hank Pym's superhero title due to him relying more on growing to gigantic size rather than shrinking.
The ant that is enlarged and becomes Cassie's pet is referred to as a boy. However it appears to be a worker ant, not a typically larger male drone, and is likely a female like all worker ants.
The original opening that Edgar Wright wrote was to have a mini-adventure (in homage of Goldfinger (1964)) that the young Hank Pym would infiltrate Panama to retrieve a microfilm and confronted a Panamanian general by the name of Castillo. Jordi Mollà had filmed his scenes as Castillo but was cut. Peyton Reed admitted that while the standalone adventure was really cool, although filmed, it was disconnected after it was edited together. Reed eventually settled for the existing prologue which bookmarks the confrontation with Mitchell and Hank later on.
The post-credits scene features Bucky Barnes, The Winter Soldier, being held in a secluded place by Falcon and Captain America, as though they are questioning him. Falcon and Cap discuss what they should, including whether or not to call Tony Stark, and they also mention the Sokovia Accords. With the release of Captain America: Civil War (2016), it turns out that this post credits scene is actually a scene taken directly from "Civil War", as opposed to being a unique scene simply used to set up a future film in the MCU. Aside from the trailer for The Avengers shown after the credits in the first Captain America, this is the only post-credits scene in the MCU that is used in another film in the franchise.
(at around 46 mins) In the movie Hank Pym says "I spent thirty years protecting that technology from a Stark, I sure as hell don't intend to give it to another! This isn't cute technology like the Iron Man suit! This could change the texture of reality! Besides, they must already have their hands busy throwing cities out of the sky". In comics not only does S.H.I.E.L.D. end up with his tech, but Hydra comes across it as well. In addition, Hank Pym is the creator of Ultron, and he is the reason the "city was thrown out of the sky" in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
The climax, when Scott shrinks to sub-atomic levels and enters the quantum realm, is a tribute to the Disneyland attraction, Adventure Thru Inner Space. Open from 1967 through 1985, the attraction shrunk guests as they got smaller till they became the size of an atom. Hank warns Scott by saying, "It means that you would enter a reality where all concepts of time and space become irrelevant as you shrink for all eternity." This same quote is repeated when Scott is in the quantum realm, though it echoes, similar to the Paul Frees quote from the attraction, "They will be our only source of contact once you have passed beyond the limits of normal Mag-ni-fi-ca-tion"
(at around 1h 40 mins) When Yellowjacket's regulator is destroyed, his body parts get hideously enlarged and shrunken; his head notably becomes oversized. This particular feature belongs to Egghead, an Ant-Man villain and scientist who was obsessed with humiliating Hank Pym.
(at around 1h 26 mins) Darren Cross/Yellowjacket, says the line; "You picked the wrong side, Hope", during a standoff involving HYDRA agents. This mirrors a scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) where Rumlow/Crossbones utters a similar line; "You picked the wrong side, Agent", during a standoff at SHIELD involving HYDRA agents.
Each Marvel superhero movie have a main theme:
(at around 50 mins) Hank Pym tells Hope that her mother (Janet Van Dyne) died in a plane crash, and Hope says she wishes he would stop telling that lie. Evangeline Lilly, who portrays Hope Van Dyne (aka Hope Pym) also portrayed Kate Austen in Lost (2004) - where she and the other main characters miraculously appeared to have survived a plane crash.

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