Recently ‘Ant-Man’ director Peyton Reed sat down with an interview with Eric Eisenberg over at Cinemablend, for an extended one-on-one interview about the film. It was learned that the film originally ended with Scott Lang hunting down the villain who stole the Cross Particles, but more interesting, Reed also revealed that the film originally had a very different opening than the one at SHIELD headquarters in 1989. The scene is described as young Hank Pym tracking down a general in South America to retrieve a microfilm, and as Peyton said, seemed very cool:
“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 because 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.”
As to why the scene was left on the cutting room floor, Reed offered the following explanation:
“It started to feel tonally disconnected from the movie we were making and story-wise, and it also kind of like, it set a standalone adventure, but it didn’t just connect to the rest of our story.”
However, there is still hope we may one day get to see the scene, as either an extra on the ‘Ant-Man’ Blu-Ray/DVD, or potentially as a Marvel One Shot. According to Reed:
“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.”
I’m sure we will get to see the scene at one point or another, especially with all the positive buzz ‘Ant-Man’ has after its opening weekend. What are your thoughts on the scrapped opening? Do you think it would have meshed well with the film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!