Marvel’s Ant-Man with Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas arrives Dec. 8th on Blu-ray/DVD from Disney as an absurd superhero/heist movie.
Self-mocking and more of a domestic drama, Ant-Man takes Marvel in yet another direction while still containing the spirit of Edgar Wright’s vision before departing.
In fact, director Peyton Reed believes it’s the single most challenging character in Marvel history: “In the comic book realm, he was a founding Avenger but he never had his own comic magazine, and he always had, in the context of The Avengers, an inferiority complex because he’s this tiny hero fighting alongside the Hulk and Thor,” Reed explained. “And he might even have a dose of schizophrenia. But in terms of the Marvel cinematic universe, he didn’t make it into The Avengers movie, so for me it’s very gratifying to do an Ant-Man origin story and, in my own mind, restore order to the universe by bringing in both Hank Pym [Douglas] and Scott Lang [Rudd].”
The challenge here was pulling off a 21st-century version of the Incredible Shrinking Man gag, and so they created a Macro Unit that worked on its own sound stage at Pinewood in Atlanta. There was a dedicated art department that made tiny props, a camera crew that shot and played with forced perspective and a VFX team at Double Negative that captured all of the photographic environments with its Jigsaw tool. But it had to be flexible enough to move the camera anywhere and it had to be photoreal. That meant using motion picture macro-photography, still macro-photography, and mocap suits, tiling all of the surfaces to make them tactile, and then stitching it all together and moving the virtual camera in sharp panoramas. In other words, it was Marvel’s version of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.