Who said bloggers can’t keep a secret? It may have been a LONG, Torturous few months, but totally worth it to share the fun and craziness that was our set visit late last year in Atlanta for Ant-Man. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out my Paul Rudd interview I posted yesterday!
So back to the whole secrecy thing. MARVEL has it down. We left the hotel in one all black tinted shuttle. Arrived in an empty parking lot and then switched into another blacked out shuttle before arriving on a seemingly regular Atlanta street. However, MARVEL was using a few of the houses on the street. So, for example, we were waiting at one house, filming was happening at the house next door, and craft services were at the house beside that. It was a well oiled machine at work. You could tell they’ve done this a time or two.
THEN, we walked on to the Pym Technologies Lab set. AH_Mazing. My #geekgirl flag was flying high on this day. Then we sat down with the director Peyton Reed. On to the interview:
Q: What’s your experience of Ant Man before starting production on the movie?
Peyton: Well I am a classic Marvel Comics nerd who was reading comic books from a really, really young age and there was kind of a choice as a kid. You either read Marvel Comics or DC Comics. Some kids read both, but I was strictly a Marvel guy and Ant Man was one of my favorites. I always loved Ant Man.
He’s kind of an outsider character, even in the comics world. He really kinda’ never had his own comic book. He was an Avenger and there was Tales To Astonish with the Ant Man and but he was a little schizophrenic the character of Hank Pym, but in the comics he was Ant Man and Giant Man and all these different things. I always loved that character and I was actually in a punk band in the 80’s and I would draw all the fliers to the shows. There was one where I totally ripped off the cover of Avengers #1 and had the band members as characters of the Avengers and I was Ant Man in the thing and this was probably ’86. We actually showed it at Comicon. It was just a weird thing to sort of be directing Ant Man now when I had been that character back in my punk rock days. It’s the kind of movie I’ve wanted to direct for a long time and to be able (to) have the opportunity has been great.
About Changing some Aspects of The Comics and Daughters
Peyton: It’s one of the things that I really was attracted to about the movie because I think he’s the only super hero in the Marvel Universe that’s apparent. We’ve changed some of the specifics from the comic, but he still definitely has the relationship with his daughter Cassie. It is a driving force as to why he sort of embraces his heroic side. That was really appealing to me to sort of do a movie that has all these weird elements to it. The shrinking, the controlling ants, and all the sort of super heroics, but also has this really grounded domestic side you know. This guy who is making really poor decisions in his life and is now trying some kind of redemption. Abig 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. There’s a great thematic between Paul and his daughter, and also Michael Douglas and his daughter, in the movie, Evangeline Lily. 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. I think is a different thing from a lot of the other Marvel movies.
I mean I think all the comic to movie translations change because you wanna’ do the same thing that Marvel Comics did from the 60’s to present day, is you know each version of say the Avengers or Iron Man, each decade there’s sort of a different take on those characters. To keep them fresh and relevant to the world around them. Even like in the original Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Comics they were all about pop culture references. It was all about really being relevant to young readership and I think the same is with movie. There’s a lot of discussion about what changes and what stays the same, but I think everybody’s united on the fact that you wanna’ keep it fresh ‘cause there’s so many super hero movies. There’s all this talk about super hero fatigue and I think no one is more aware of that than Kevin Feige and the people at Marvel. It’s like you gotta’ stay 5 steps ahead of the audience ‘cause ultimately he just wants the audience to be surprised and entertained and not bored and not this, “Oh I’ve seen that before.”
And again, one of the things about Ant Man that I love is like the powers are really, really different and the style of story’s very different. He’s very grounded. It’s a grounded story.
Differences of a MARVEL Movie, but still being Interconnected
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. You’re like the first Captain America is a straight up– a WWII soldier story and winter soldiers. Like a ‘70s political thriller.
This movie really kinda’ has the DNA of a heist movie. In the way that it was written and the way that we’re shooting it you know it’s got a real sort of rhythm. There’s a lot of stuff that has to happen and, and there are a lotta’ heist movies that we watched as inspiration. So it is a super hero movie, but it really has the spine of a heist movie. There were a bunch of heist movies. I mean obviously like probably more recently Oceans 11, but going back to stuff like The Killing, Stanley Kubrick and um you know the original uh Thomas Crown Affair, stuff like that. There are a lot of things that have to be set in motion and you have a group of characters who all have a defined function in this heist and how it plays out. And the notion that as much as you plan anything there’s always that sort of “X” factor or that act of God or something that you didn’t count on to come up. So we uh we definitely took all that into account.
Ant-Man In Theaters July 17th
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.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, 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. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave, Wood Harris as Gale, Judy Greer as Maggie, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.
***Disclosure: I attended the Ant-Man Set Visit My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***