Ant-Man and the Wasp has this reputation as a small-scale (pun intended) Marvel Studios film, particularly when compared to epics like Avengers: Infinity War. Sure, there are fewer characters for the film to tackle, and fewer cosmic-scale moments, but that doesn't mean every single shot isn't packed with detail, particularly when it comes time for the film's many elaborate visual effects.
For that, director Peyton Reed and crew spent a lot of time working with Santa Monica-based Luma Pictures, an independent visual effects studio specializing in creating 3D environments for things like Ant-Man and the Wasp's many action sequences. And SYFY WIRE has an exclusive peek at how those visual effects came together.
In many of these sequences, as fans of the film will remember, the filmmakers were dealing not just with elaborate action beats, costume designs, and character elements, but also with heroes who change size at will, shrinking and growing in a matter of seconds even as fight scenes and other action enveloped them.
One particularly challenging sequence involved the Quantum Tunnel, which hero characters Hank Pym and Scott Lang had to dive into at various points in the film. To make that happen, Luma created the entire environment digitally, using everything from 3D plates to blue screen replacements to full 3D facial replacements to get it right. You can see just a little bit of the extremely detailed work that produced sequences like that in Luma's Ant-Man and the Wasp reel above.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is available on Blu-ray and digital now.