The numbers are in, Marvel’s Ant-Man opened #1 at the box office this weekend! The 12th and final film of Phase 2 coming out of Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man earns it’s spot at Marvel.
At the Ant-Man press junket last month, I and 24 other bloggers had the opportunity to interview Director Peyton Reed. Now let me tell you a little bit about these press junkets, they are always out to surprise us! Seriously, you never know what is up their sleeves. This press junket was no exception.
We were scheduled to interview Peyton Reed as a solo interview. He entered the room with a huge smile on his face. This smile might be due to entering the room to 25 applauding bloggers or it could be because Kevin Feige had accompanied him. Wow! Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios decided to join him in the interview; it was quite an honor and a huge surprise!
The interview began with questions for Peyton, typically known for directing comedies such as The Break-Up and Yes Man, we wanted to know what drew him to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“It’s a kind of movie that I’ve wanted to do for a really long time and technically, it’s a big departure. There are over 1600 visual effects in the movie, it’s a big deal in that regard. It’s what Marvel does extremely well. We have Jake Morrison, our Visual Effects Supervisor. I spent a lot of time with him talking about the look of the movie and the realism we wanted. We were going to be doing what’s hopefully the definitive “shrinking movie” for 2015, unless there are other shrinking movies that I don’t know about, it had to look as photorealistic as possible.
It really had to put the viewer down in that environment. When he shrinks down, we were going to be shrinking the audience down with him. What would that look like and feel and how are we going to achieve that? Marvel just happens to employ the top people in Hollywood for doing that, and it was a huge education for me in that regard, but I loved it. It was amazing, and the stuff that they are able to pull off, it’s kind of mind-boggling.”
The interview quickly turned to Feige, which happened to be my favorite moment of the day. A fellow blogger flips her computer screen around to reveal an image of Ant-Man on Hawkeye’s arrow (shown above). He responds, “That is awesome! That’s a great image, I love that image, usually images I love find their way into movies.” You seen it here first, folks!
Reed then chimes in on old comic book images, “That is one of the things, when I started on Ant-Man, I was just pouring through the old comic books and finding images that I loved as a kid, or that appeal to me now like “Oh that’s a cool use of the power, that’s gotta find its way into the movie.” Those are the kinds of images that are really iconic, and I think in some of the first Ant-Man things he had in his headquarters a slingshot system where ‘How does Ant Man get across town?’ and it literally was like some kind of a rubber band, that did not find its way into the movie. But I love those kinds of things.“
Now being a woman and a huge comic book fan myself, I’ve always wondered how Marvel has gone about making their movies appeal to women. Feige shines a little light on the subject, “I don’t know that we sit and go, ‘Okay how do we make the movie work for us?’ Frankly, we want to make movies that we want to go see, but we want to see the powerful women because we all have powerful women in our lives. That’s the way of the world. So when it comes to Hope it was a big part of the development of the movie. In particular, when Peyton came on board and when Evangeline was about to come on board, the big question was, ‘Well, why isn’t she in the suit?’ She could easily be in the suit. She is clearly in the movie that we’ve made more capable than Scott Lang is to be in the suit. It became the crux of her issues with her dad and her issues with the relationship they had growing up; it becomes a big reveal in the movie. I’m so adamant about it, leading up to the moment at the very end of the movie where he gets over those issues, and she says, which I think is one of my favorite quotes of any of our films, ‘It’s about damn time.'”
Reed adds to this, discussing the symbolism of that last scene: “I love the idea that the key to Hank Pym’s problem about playing off this heist and solving it was right under his nose the whole time; clearly Hope is the more capable person at the beginning of the movie, and Hank can’t see that yet. In his mind his motivation is he’s trying to protect his daughter; he doesn’t want her to meet a fate that his wife might’ve met in the movie. So he’s being a little overprotective. And throughout the course of the movie, that heist is not gonna work unless these two find peace with each other and part of that finding peace is Hank starting to realize how capable she is.
By the time we get to the end of the movie there’s a sequence that occurs in the credits, both figuratively and literally she’s finally allowed to spread her wings, and it’s because her dad finally realizes that she has value and he’s sort of able to let go and accept that she’s a powerful person.“
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