We’re talking all things Marvel this week about the latest release from the franchise: ANT-MAN! During the ANT-MAN family series, we’ll be sharing some awesome interviews, set visits, behind the scenes, and information about the movie each day. Find out if you should take your family to go see it, in theaters July 17th!
ANT-MAN Family Series, Part 2: Interview with Director Peyton Reed
While I was in Atlanta on the set of Marvel’s ANT-MAN, our group got the chance to sit down and chat with Peyton Reed, Director of the movie. He is a self-described “classic Marvel comics nerd“, of which Ant Man was one of his favorites as a child. Having been familiar with the story line, Reed’s challenge was to translate the comic to the big screen.
In between takes, Reed came over to the viewing tent where we were stationed and took a few questions from the group. Among us, there we’re a few Marvel comic nerds themselves who really wanted to know how the whole process from comic-to-film works.
A few take aways from our interview with Director Peyton Reed
How the ANT-MAN story translated from comic to movie – From the 60’s to present day, Marvel has been able to put a fresh spin on each character, relevant to keeping up with the times. Reed says that many of the past comics used “…pop culture references. It was all about really being relevant to young readership and I think the same is with movie.” The whole Marvel team agrees that it’s important to keep everything fresh, as to prevent superhero fatigue that could bore viewers.
About Lang becoming ANT MAN, for the sake of his daughter – Although a few of the specifics from the original comic have changed, it remains that Scott Lang becomes ANT MAN and takes on a heroic role as sort of a redemption from his past dark actions. “That was really appealing to me to sort of do a movie that has all these weird elements to it. The shrinking, the controlling ants, and all the sort of super heroics, but also has this really grounded domestic side you know.”
The style of the story and the super powers are different, yet the movie is still comedic – Reed says that this movie is not exactly like the rest of the films in the Marvel franchise. “One of the things about Ant Man that I love is like the powers are, are really, really different, and the style of story’s very different.” Although the Marvel films are connected in some way, they all have their own individual tone. “This movie really kinda’ has the DNA of a heist movie“, “There’s a lot of stuff that has to happen, and there are a lotta’ heist movies that, that we watched as, as inspiration.” Superhero x Heist: I think that’s so cool!
Also, the movie has scenes that are “inherently funny“, “it’s a serious movie with serious stakes, but we definitely –you know, it was important to keep the comedic thing alive.” They haven’t forgotten that they are making a movie about a man who shrinks down to the size of an ant, possibly one of Marvel’s silliest super heroes!
One of the aspects of the story line that I love most, and that Reed touched on, is that we have these true life characters, who are flawed in some way, just like we are in real life, that we can qll relate to. Becoming a parent opens up a whole new world, there’s so much to learn about parenting and selflessness, and the importance of being there for your kids. I think we kinda just learn from our mistakes as we go, as do the characters in ANT-MAN. This is the first time that Marvel has added a family element to any of their films, I am so glad that they did!
Marvel’s ANT-MAN is out in theaters July 17!
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Disclosure: Travel and experiences for were provided by Disney, I was not compensated for press coverage.