Have you been wondering what impact all those rewrites had on the Ant-Man script? Now we have an answer.
When original director Edgar Wright left due to creative differences, and Peyton Reed was brought on to helm the project, the script went through a few phases of rewrites to make it fit a bit better with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now Reed has opened up to reveal how the original opening — and ending — differ from the final version.
Spoilers ahead for Marvel's Ant-Man!
The director chatted with Cinema Blend about the original opening in the script, and it was a whole lot more exciting than the 1980s flashback starring a de-aged Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) that we saw on the big screen (not that the flashback was bad). In Wright’s original script, the film opens with a standalone flashback of Pym as Ant-Man, kicking butt in Cuba on an early mission. Here’s how Reed described it:
"It was basically a standalone sequence where you really did not see it was Hank Pym. He was retrieving some microfilm from this, originally Cuban general and then it became a Panamanian general… It really was designed in those early drafts to be almost like a Bond movie standalone scene in the beginning. It was going to show the powers. You never saw Ant-Man, it almost felt like an Invisible Man sequence, and it’s really, really cool…
We actually ended up shooting that sequence and cut it together and it’s fantastic, but the more we got into editing, it just felt too disconnected to the rest of the movie. It felt like vestige of those earlier drafts, which as a standalone thing was really cool. We actually talked at one point about releasing like a standalone, Hank Pym as Ant-Man. Who knows if that will still happen."
We'd obviously love to see this scene at some point, but we have to admit they probably made the right decision to cut it. The S.H.I.E.L.D.-focused flashback helped set the stakes for this version of Pym, and also introduced former S.H.I.E.L.D. and eventual Hydra agent Mitchell Carson, who comes back in a big way in the finale of the film.
Speaking of Carson (Martin Donovan), he played an even bigger role in the film’s original ending. Where the theatrical cut wrapped things up with Ant-Man getting the best of Yellowjacket in that epic bedroom fight, the original draft ended with Ant-Man tracking down Carson to retrieve those Cross particles that he snuck out with during the commotion. But Reed eventually made the decision to leave those particles as a dangling thread to potentially pick up in the sequel:
"At the end of the movie he gets away and has these Cross particles, and there was a sequence where Ant-Man has an encounter with him. But then for a couple reasons, it felt like maybe we should leave those particles out there. In that original thing, he took Martin Donovan out and got the particles."
It's amazing just how good Ant-Man turned out to be, once you factor in all the rewrites and the condensed schedule Reed & Co. were working under to actually hit the release date. What do you think of the changes? For the better?
(Via Cinema Blend)