I was invited on an expense paid trip back in November to cover Marvel’s Ant-Man while on set of the film.
Can I totally geek out with all my Marvel lovers and tell you how excited I was to be able to attend a secret press trip to go on location and interview Peyton Reed, the director of Marvel’s Ant-Man! My Peyton Reed interview had to answer some of the burning questions that were on all Marvel fan’s mind. I was one of the first to get to interview him so I wanted to dig into those questions before anyone else! I wish I didn’t have to wait months to spill the beans.
I had some questions lined up about trying to figure out if Scott Lang and or Dr. Hank Pym actually get along or if Dr. Hank Pym is actually taking advantage of Scott? I was also dying to know how in the world does Ant-Man fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. After all, it is going to be showing right after Avenger’s Age of Ultron. Ant-Man is one of the original Avengers in the comic, do the stories match or do they totally go their own route in the story?
Do you think we were able to tickle some of the answers out of Peyton’s mind during our interview? You tell me how you think we did! If you are a comic enthusiast, you have been dying to know the answer to these questions!
Question: A lot of why Ant-Man (original Ant-Man, Hank) becomes Ant-Man is because of his daughter. How much of that played a part in the film?
Peyton: I think he’s the only superhero in the Marvel Universe that’s a parent. And we’ve changed some of the specifics from the comic, but he still definitely has the relationship with his daughter Cassie. ..
And a big part of that is to really be a part of his daughter’s life. And also to kind of make the world a better place for his daughter to grow up in. And there’s a great thematic between Paul and his daughter, and also Michael Douglas and his daughter, in the movie, Evangeline Lily.
And I think that, that in terms of the script and the story is one of the great things. Is they both, Paul and Michael, are very flawed characters who have things to learn about parenting and about being there for your kids. And that I think is a different thing from, from a lot of the other Marvel movies.
Question: How are the comics connected?
Peyton: Well Ant-Man, again, I think another thing I love about the Marvel Universe is they’re all interconnected, but they allow each individual movie to have its own tone. In fact, they really encourage it to have their own tone. And, and you’re like the first Captain America is a straight-up– a WWII soldier story. And Winter Soldier is like a ‘70s political thriller.
Question: Is there a lot of comedy in the movie?
Peyton: You know it was important to keep the comedic thing alive you know. We’ve never forgotten that we are doing a movie about a guy who shrinks down to the size of an ant which is potentially sort of the silliest Marvel hero around. But I think one of the things that we all love is that the movie is gonna’ surprise people and in terms of the shrinking we’re able to do things on a technical level that just haven’t been in a movie before you know.
Question: Does Paul Rudd’s character or Michael Douglas’ character get along in this film or is there a rivalry?
Peyton: Well it is interesting ‘cause it’s sort of a passing of the torch from Michael, who’s the original Ant-Man, to Paul who may become the new Ant-Man. It is a mentor/pupil story, but both the mentor and the pupil are kind of screwed up.
So they learn some stuff from each other and it’s not always an easy fit. And there’s a lot of sort of cat and mouse and sizing each other up along the way. And that’s what’s really fun to see those two guys play against each other in the movie.
Question : And they go against each other?
Peyton: There’s a little bit of conflict, yeah.
Be sure to go and see Marvel’s NEW next BIG (or really really small) THING on July 17, 2015!
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” when master thief 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.