After many months of speculation, True Believers were finally able to see this past weekend what parts of Edgar Wright stayed in ‘Ant-Man’ after he departed the project over creative differences. One of the most obvious things had to be Michael Pena’s hilarious montages that were definitely reminiscent of Wright’s films. There were other memorable montages that weren’t as filmmaker-specific too such as the training sequence where Scott Lang learns to control his powers. However, there was another montage of that nature that ended up on the cutting room floor for being too goofy despite the film’s plethora of comedic moments.
While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, veteran editor Dan Lebental talked about a deleted scene from the Phase Three finale that featured the size-shifting superhero testing out his new powers even more. Although, this one doesn’t exactly sound like the typical behavior of one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes:
“There had been a sequence in the movie that was shot and removed, a kind of wish-fulfillment sequence. At one point, he could walk into the casino and change the dice or he could walk into a girls’ locker room. We decided it was a little silly but it led to a lot of laughter in the editing room.”
Compared to other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘Ant-Man’ is quite light-hearted. If this scene were to fit in any of the House of Ideas’ movies, it would be this one, but I’m glad that they left it out. To me, this sounds more like an Eric O’Grady Ant-Man montage rather than a Scott Lang Ant-Man montage. After all, they don’t call O’Grady the “Irredeemable Ant-Man” for nothing. He would totally take any chance he’d get to walk into a female locker room. Lang, maybe not so much. He was far too concerned about his path to redemption for something like that. Plus, it was already a little too silly for Paul Rudd’s character to interrupt the touching moment between Hank Pym and his daughter Hope, so this might have driven things too over the top. Plus, Scott may be a master thief, but he’s not a definitely not pervert. Let’s save that for the unlikely event that the third Ant-Man makes his MCU debut.
What do you think about this deleted scene from ‘Ant-Man’? Would you have rather seen it in the theatrical cut of the movie or are you glad that it was left out? Sound off in the comments.