This is re­ally

SFX - - Ant-Man - Pey­ton Reed, di­rec­tor

scale movie

of Ant- Man.

If Reed re­alises he’s just de­ployed the per­fect pun he chooses not to ac­knowl­edge it. His film’s hero weaponises the very con­cept of smaller scale, af­ter all – an in­cred­i­ble shrink­ing man whose icky, in­sect- boss­ing pow­ers make him one of the un­like­lier play­ers in the Marvel pan­theon. Now he’s made the big screen in a multi- gen­er­a­tional tale that sees petty crim Scott Lang [ Paul Rudd] in­herit the hi- tech Ant- suit from orig­i­nal Sil­ver Age crime­fighter Henry Pym [ Michael Dou­glas].

Reed had his own, rather more con­tro­ver­sial legacy to in­herit. Ant- Man was orig­i­nally a dream pro­ject for fan fave di­rec­tor Edgar Wright. When Wright left the pro­ject in 2014 af­ter al­most a decade of de­vel­op­ment the in­ter­net, nat­u­rally, cried for blood. Reed was the man who braved the Twit­ter cross­fire and stepped up to de­liver the film to the screen.

Now he’s briefly sur­fac­ing from what he calls “deep, deep post- pro­duc­tion”, spar­ing time to talk to SFX while fi­ness­ing Marvel’s latest stab at mul­ti­plex dom­i­na­tion, the fi­nal film of Phase Two. “We’re get­ting the fi­nal vis­ual ef­fects shots, we’re mix­ing the reels, we’re do­ing last- minute vis­ual tweaks and colour cor­rec­tion. We’re fi­nally see­ing light at the end of the ant tun­nel!” I liked that the comic book ver­sion of the Avengers was a pretty eclec­tic group of he­roes. It was Thor, it was Hulk and Iron Man… and Ant- Man. I liked the cre­ative ways in which the pow­ers would come into play in bat­tles. And I al­ways liked that he was an un­der­dog, that he al­most had this in­fe­ri­or­ity com­plex about his pow­ers – and prob­a­bly even his size – com­pared to these other he­roes. And when you’re a kid and you’re out play­ing with your ac­tion fig­ures, the size of Ant- Man is very ap­peal­ing. I think that’s the case in our movie as well. When Ant- Man shrinks down and sud­denly there’s a whole ac­tion se­quence that takes place on the floor or on a train set or some­thing, there’s a real par­al­lel to how kids use their imag­i­na­tion. Ex­actly. There are other char­ac­ters who have been shape- shifters and things like that, but the shrink­ing con­cept is a hal­lowed tra­di­tion in mo­tion pic­tures, from The In­cred­i­ble Shrink­ing Man to Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. It’s a very science fic­tion con­cept. We cer­tainly thought about it as a su­per­hero movie but also as a science fic­tion film, as a shrink­ing movie. That’s his pri­mary power, so how are we go­ing to vi­su­alise that in amaz­ing new, in­ven­tive ways with the tech­nol­ogy that we have? Then again our se­cret weapon is his other power, the abil­ity to con­trol ants… That’s the one that’s in­trigu­ing to me. With Ant- Man and the Hulk you re­ally un­der­stand how those pow­ers are pow­er­ful. With Ant- Man it’s, “Oh, he can shrink! That’s cool, I get that! And… he can con­trol ants?! Well, what’s that go­ing to do?” One of the things I loved in the comics, and even more so in our movie, is that we’re go­ing to show the au­di­ences full- on how that power is cool, and how those armies of ants can be mar­shalled into do­ing amaz­ing things.

I don’t think it’s nec­es­sar­ily a hard sell, but

The film will have fun with its shrink­ing con­cept.

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