So i'm going to go on IMDB and look at each MCU movies behind the scenes facts and POST THE MOST INTERESTING ONES
here, I will post each movie a day instead of what I did before where I did 10 posts, I will start with the first Iron Man and each day will be the next MCU movie after it, ending with Guardians 3, I will also do the Netflix Shows, Agents of Shield and Agent Carter
At first, the film was meant to focus on the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym. However, Pym developed several personalities, one of whom abused his girlfriend, and producers decided he was not family friendly. Instead, the focus shifted to Scott Lang, with Pym as a mentor and supporting character.
When Paul Rudd told his nine-year-old son he was going to be Ant-Man, his son said, "Wow, I can't wait to see how stupid that'll be."
The Falcon's role in the plot came about after Adam McKay and Paul Rudd went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and fell in love with the character. They casually suggested working him into the plot, and Kevin Feige informed them that it would actually make perfect sense since Falcon was now living at the New Avengers compound as of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
For the 1980s flashback scenes, de-aging VFX were used on the 70-year-old Michael Douglas and the 57-year-old Martin Donovan to make them appear younger, and aging VFX were combined with the wig and make-up 33-year old Hayley Atwell wore to make her appear older.
Michael Douglas celebrated his 70th birthday on set. As an homage to his on-screen character and to celebrate the milestone, the crew presented him with a birthday cake decorated in icing with ants crawling over a film reel.
Michael Douglas joked about his being made younger through CGI, saying he felt like doing a prequel to one of his younger films: "Seeing myself CGI-ed at the beginning of the movie thirty years younger was incredible! I had these little dots all over my face, and I'm looking at it and half way through the scene the picture it just appeared and there I was thirty years ago. Romancing the Stone (1984). I'm thinking I'm all for a prequel!"
According to Michael Douglas, the costume for Paul Rudd had to be altered because of his muscles. Rudd had gone on an extensive training and workout regimen in order to build the proper muscle size for a superhero, but Rudd had become so muscular, they had to soften his costume up.
While Edgar Wright was working on the film, he requested that Marvel refrain from using Ant-Man or Wasp until he had finished the movie, which is why they were absent from The Avengers (2012).
In addition to getting in shape with the help of a trainer and weights, Paul Rudd worked with a gymnast. Rudd said of using a gymnast, "I knew I was going to have to do rolls and flips and things like that. I just wanted to be as convincing as possible."
Posters for "Pingo Doce," the Brazilian soda company Bruce Banner worked for in The Incredible Hulk (2008), can be seen in the San Francisco scenes.
The laser sounds fired from Yellowjacket's suit are the same sound as the main gun on an AT-AT being fired in the Star Wars movies.
Michael Douglas explained why he took the role of Hank Pym, saying, "And most importantly, I did it for my children. They're so excited. I've finally got a picture that they are so excited about. Dad is cool. You have to understand, for most of my career, I've done so many R-rated pictures. They can never see any of my movies." *At the time of release of this film his children were 14 and 12\
(at around 46 mins) Scott Lang suggests calling the Avengers to assist. In the comics, Ant-Man was an original Avenger.
Scott's brief work at Baskin-Robbins was originally going to be at Chipotle, but the company did not like their negative portrayal. The filmmakers considered Jamba Juice, then settled on Baskin-Robbins after realizing that the bright colors would be a funny contrast to the dark prison opening.
Director Edgar Wright, a big fan of Ant-Man, proposed the film to Marvel in 2003, describing it as "an action-adventure comedy; a cross-genre action and special effects bonanza." He had been developing the movie since then, shooting a test reel and hiring the cast, and was close to begin shooting the movie. However, in 2014, he dropped out due to "creative differences" with Disney, which had bought out Marvel Studios five years prior.
(at around 11 mins) Darren Cross jokes that the concept of a shrinking human sounds like a "tale to astonish." Ant-Man made his debut in the comic "Tales to Astonish" #27 (Jan. 1962). Darren Cross shrinks a chair as part of a demonstration; this was taken from the same comic, where the first thing Hank Pym shrank was a chair.
(at around 32 mins) Garrett Morris, who portrays a cab driver in the film, appeared as Ant-Man in the Saturday Night Live: Margot KiddeThe Chieftains (1979) sketch, which was the first live-action appearance of the hero.
Paul Rudd and stuntmen wore actual Ant-Man suits while Corey Stoll wore a motion-capture suit as Yellowjacket. This decision was made early on when creating and filming with a real Yellowjacket costume was found to be impractical.
At the beginning of the film, set in 1989, the Triskelion is being constructed. The building was S.H.I.E.L.D's main quarters in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
The shrunken-down scenes feature a great deal of dust mites, which was a deliberate move by the VFX artists to emphasize an insect's point of view (they see the world in greater detail than a human does).
Whilst filming a scene with Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd attempted to reenact the famous interrogation scene with Sharon Stone from Basic Instinct (1992). Rudd ultimately failed with the attempt, resulting in Michael Douglas saying "What are you? A f****** pervert?"
The size-shifting VFX (the outlines left by the body on shrinking/growing) were taken from the original "Ant-Man" comics, and was influenced by stop-motion and multiple exposure shots.
The VFX artists decided to incorporate techniques that would make this film different from other "shrinking" films and give an "experimental" look to the film. These techniques include macro photography (digital mattes of enlarged environments) and motion-capture. Trick photography was also employed: close-ups, aerial shots and long shots with wide lenses were the main techniques employed to get a good ambiance for Ant-Man in a giant environment.
Edgar Wright wanted the film to be completely stand-alone, with no references to the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This plan did not match the studio plan for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This, among other factors, led to Wright leaving.
Although Edgar Wright dropped out of the movie, a large portion of the script he wrote is still in the story.
According to Evangeline Lilly, Hope's role was much smaller in Edgar Wright's drafts. It was beefed up significantly during rewrites, with Lilly providing some ideas and input.
Paul Rudd worked on rewrites with Adam McKay. Michael Peña and Evangeline Lilly have said in interviews that many of the actors were consulted on their characters during the rewrite, which resulted in expanded roles.
(at around 46 mins) When Scott Lang tells Pym that their first move should be calling the Avengers, Pym responds by saying that they're probably busy making a city fall from the sky. This is a direct reference to the events in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
On the day that they filmed the sequence of Cross shrinking a lamb, when they broke for lunch, the caterer just so happened to serve lamb chops. The cast and crew claimed it was an awkward meal.
The Yellowjacket armor is based on the G.I. Ant-Man armor from the "Irredeemable Ant-Man" comic. The suit's helmet also incorporates the facial features of Hank Pym's villainous robot Ultron.
When the role of Wasp (Hank Pym's lover and wife) was in the script, Rashida Jones and Emma Stone were considered for the part.
Paul Rudd and Adam McKay convinced Bobby Cannavale to do the film. Cannavale said, "They both called me and said, 'You've got to do this.' They called me before Marvel called." Cannavale felt that the big budget film's atmosphere felt more like an independent film, as he was able to improvise a lot with his fellow cast members.
The preview for the first teaser was ant-sized... Which is to say that it's almost completely impossible to tell what's going on in it. A human-sized trailer went up the next day.
According to the filmmakers, the main theme in this film is "passing the torch."
Corey Stoll describes his character of Darren Cross as a shadowy version of Hank Pym: "Cross is a guy who is not that dissimilar from Michael Douglas' character Hank Pym. A brilliant scientist, who is not ethically pure. The great thing about the whole movie is that everybody is in those shades of grey."
A sequence was filmed where Pym and Lang discuss the Ant-Man name. Lines from this exchange include "Lame, I know," "Iron Man was taken," and "Is it too late to change the name?" (Interestingly, Pym did adopt other monikers in the comics, including Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket and Wasp.) These lines were featured in trailers and TV spots, but not the finished film.
The idea of a potential Ant-Man movie had been kicked around before Marvel had its own movie studio. Once the Marvel Cinematic Universe was founded, there were plans to include him in the Phase One films and be a member of the Avengers. Those plans fell through and he was supposed to have a film in Phase Two instead. The movie was then pushed back to becoming the first part of Phase Three, until it was decided that this movie would actually be the finale of Phase Two, after Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and that Captain America: Civil War (2016) would lead Phase Three. In short, its release date didn't change so much as its classification.
Peyton Reed is a huge Marvel fan and seized the opportunity to direct a film in the MCU even if it meant stepping in at the last minute to take over a project previously helmed by Edgar Wright.
In the comics, Hank Pym's daughter Hope Pym (here she takes her mother's maiden name of Van Dyne) was a villainous character who acted out of resentment against her father. While that angle is present in this film, she is much more heroic and reasonable here.
Simon Pegg described Edgar Wright's script as 'daring, fun, funny and hugely exciting.'
In the comics, Hank Pym created Ultron. This movie is the next Marvel movie released after Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan and Gary Oldman were considered for the role of Hank Pym.
(at around 1h 45 mins) In the last scene of the film when Luis is telling Scott about a tip, the girl talking to the Sam Wilson/Falcon says, ''We got a guy who jumps, we got a guy who swings, we got a guy who crawls up the wall''. This is in direct reference to Spider-Man who made his debut in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
Scott lives at the Milgrom Hotel. This was named after comic-book artist Al Milgrom.
During an interview with the film's star Paul Rudd on The Howard Stern Show (1990), Stern told Rudd he had tried - 15 years prior to the release of Ant-Man - to buy the rights from Marvel in hopes to translate it to the big screen.
Luis, played by Michael Peña, was based on a real friend of Peña, Pablo, who is a minor criminal and talks just as rapidly as Luis does.
Jessica Chastain turned down the lead female role of Hope van Dyne due to scheduling conflicts. She had previously bowed out of the role of Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3 (2013) for the same reason.
The first production to film in the sound stages at the new Pinewood Atlanta Studios. With the exception of Doctor Strange (2016), all of Marvel Studios' subsequent productions have been filmed entirely or in part at Pinewood.
While promoting Baby Driver (2017), Edgar Wright said he never watched the finished film, saying "It would kind of be like asking me, 'Do you want to watch your ex-girlfriend have sex?'"
Edgar Wright was responsible for casting Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, David Dasmalchian and Michael Pena.
(at around 1h 14 mins) When Luis is posing as a guard, he whistles "It's a Small World". Not only is Ant-Man small, which makes the song appropriate, but the song is originally from a ride (Small World) at Disneyland, which, like Marvel Studios, is owned by The Walt Disney Company.
Paul Rudd is the second Parks and Recreation (2009) cast member to be cast as a main lead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
Patrick Wilson was cast as Paxton. But after the movie was delayed, scheduling conflicts forced Wilson to drop out and Bobby Cannavale took the role. Wilson subsequently went onto appear on the DC Extended Universe's superhero films by voicing a role the following year as the President of the United States in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and co-starring in Aquaman.
(at around 1h 40 mins) If you watch closely as Scott shrinks towards the Microverse, you'll see a tardigrade on the right lower portion of the screen.
Adrien Brody, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ewan McGregor were all in the running for the role of Scott Lang.
Most of Ant-Man's action scenes were shot normally with VFX around him. The exception was the fight with Falcon: Anthony Mackie had to mime the actions of getting beaten by Ant-Man.
Michael Peña was actually stumbling over his words during the "telephone game" sequence.
Edgar Wright himself selected Paul Rudd for the role of Scott Lang based on his natural charisma, which would make Scott likable despite being a criminal in-story.
Peyton Reed revealed that Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari were also writers of the movie and but had to remain uncredited due to the Writers Guild. Dave Callaham also did a rewrite before filming.
Edgar Wright's drafts did not include the Wasp, save for a mention from Pym.
Marvel executive producer Victoria Alonso exclaimed one morning during filming, "You'll never believe it! I found an ant in my bathtub, and I saved it! I was talking to it!"
The building that was used for the Pym Technologies exterior set stored records for the city of Atlanta and was also used as the news studio in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), which also starred Paul Rudd.
Atoms consist of mostly empty space, as proven by Ernest Rutherford in his gold foil experiment. Therefore it is theoretically possible to shrink or expand material, although the means to do so are far beyond present day technology.
The director of this film, Peyton Reed, was considered to direct Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), another Marvel Studios film, which was later directed by James Gunn. Reed was also attached at one point, to direct Fantastic Four (2005), a film adaptation based on another Marvel property, that was released by 20th Century Fox.
After this film was released, Hope Pym was introduced into the Marvel Comics as Nadia Pym ("nadia" is Russian for "hope"), daughter of Hank Pym and a Hungarian scientist.
Jordan Peele was originally cast when Edgar Wright was still director.
Editor Dan Lebental said that despite Edgar Wright's departure and Peyton Reed joining the project, the studio still held onto the original release date. This meant that the film's post-production team lost 10 weeks of time in the process to complete the film. Lebental said that it certainly accelerated the workload on the editing, sound, visual effects and 3D rendering teams with their team doing the final mixing sound before some of the hundreds of visual effects shots even arrived for them. Lebental said that this is a norm in the business but this was an extreme situation, given Wright's departure and Reed joining.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead wanted to play The Wasp.
In Edgar Wright's drafts, Darren Cross's alter ego would have been Nano Warrior, instead of Yellowjacket. The drafts also featured a car chase sequence.
Peyton Reed originally wanted Rick Moranis who's known for portraying Wayne Szalinski in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids films in the film for a cameo.
Edgar Wright has said, that despite working on "Ant-Man" for a decade, and leaving the project on his own terms, he cannot bring himself to watch the finished product.
Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer, Rawson Marshall Thurber, Nicholas Stoller, Michael Dowseand David Wain were considered to direct the film.
(at around 3 mins) Writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari appear briefly in the film, as two prisoners during Scott Lang's escape from the jailhouse. Barrer's father also appears in the film (at around 18 mins), standing at the bar during the Hope/Cross dinner scene.
Hank Pym, Scott Lang and Clint Barton are the only superheroes in the MCU to have offspring (as well as Frank Castle in The Punisher). Hank and Scott are also the only heros to lose their wives (Janet Van Dyne apparently died at the Quantum Realm and Maggie divorced Scott). Coincidentally, Hank Pym, Scott Lang, and Clint Barton have all used Pym particles in the comics.
David Wain was considered to direct after Edgar Wright left the project.
Ant-Man is implied to have the ability to manipulate his weight and mass to be light and heavy whenever he wishes. This came from the DC Comics hero the Atom, who serves as Ant-Man's counterpart: both are heroes with shrinking abilities, and both started out as scientists who passed their titles down to others.
Patrick Wilson was cast as William Crossnote, but he left the project after Edgar Wright's departure, citing a scheduling conflict.
Michael Douglas was later considered for the role of Doc in Baby Driver (2017), Edgar Wright's next film after dropping out of this project. Kevin Spacey was ultimately cast.
This is the second super hero movie for actor David Dastmalchian. He previously appeared in The Dark Knight (2008) in a minor role as one of Joker's henchmen.
John Slattery and Anthony Mackie have appeared in other Marvel movies but have never shared any screen time. In another film The Adjustment Bureau (2011) they both appear onscreen at the same time.
This is the second time that a film from the MCU was released in theaters in July since Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
The plot has similarities to both The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Batman Beyond (1999) - an older hero trains a thief to be his replacement and settle an old score.
David Dasmalchian said getting cast in this film couldn't have come at a better time, given that his wife was pregnant with their first child and they only had $400 in the bank. Dasmalchian initially feared that his casting was in jeopardy when Edgar Wright departed the project as Wright had personally emailed the actor. But the fear came to pass as new director Peyton Reed was a fan of the actor after his work in The Dark Knight and Passengers.
Edgar Wright's draft had the X-Con security team with approximately 6 or 7 members as opposed to the three in the finished film. Janet Van Dyne was also absent from the story.
Stan Lee: (at around 1h 45 mins) the bartender who says a woman looks "crazy stupid fine."
According to Peyton Reed when it came to using Thomas the Tank Engine during the battle sequence on Cassie's train set, there were certain stipulations when it came to showing the character. Reed and the team met with the rights holders of Thomas and had to make a presentation. The owners stipulated that Thomas couldn't be depicted as doing anything evil, had to remain neutral and no character could be tied to a train track that Thomas was going to be on, as the owners were very protective. Reed was happy with using Thomas as it helped add to the personality of the film, and that the owners found the use of Thomas funny in the film.
Hank Pym wants Scott to use the Ant-Man technology to pull off a heist. In the comics, Lang stole the Ant-Man suit from Pym in hopes of pulling off enough heists to save his sick daughter; when Pym found out, he allowed him to keep the suit as long as he used it for heroic purposes.
Cassie Lang is delighted at her father's superhero career, even adopting an ant as a pet. In the comics Scott's daughter Cassie eventually dons the Ant-Man costume herself to become the heroine Giant-Girl (later Stature).
Yellowjacket in this film is a combination of Ant-Man villains Yellowjacket (a mentally unstable alter ego of Pym), Darren Cross (a villainous businessman and enemy of Scott Lang) and Eric O'Grady (an amoral and selfish person with Pym tech who also was the fourth Ant-Man).
Janet van Dyne (Wasp) ends up shrinking herself into a microscopic dimension and was presumed dead. This was her fate in the Marvel comic "Secret Invasion".
(at around 5 mins) Scott's Baskin-Robbins name tag says "Jack" which is understandable considering he was hiding the fact he was just released from prison. He then asks his co-worker "Darby" to take over at the register while he speaks to the manager. Jack and Darby are The names of Paul Rudd's children in real life.
The ending was supposed to have a showdown between Ant-Man and Carson, with Ant-Man defeating him and reclaiming the stolen sample of Pym Particles. The ending was changed to Carson escaping and presumably delivering the sample to HYDRA in order to set up Captain America: Civil War (2016).
(at around 13 mins) When Cross brings the Hydra agents into the room where the Yellowjacket suit is stored, one of them has part of a tattoo showing above his collar. It is the symbol of the "Ten Rings" terrorist group that kidnapped Tony Stark in the first Iron Man (2008) film.
(at around 18 mins) When Cross shrinks a board member and implodes him into a tiny blob, strawberry jam was used for the blob.
Another ending was filmed that is closure-related. In it Scott Lang tracks down and confronts Mitchell, who knew that Carson took the Pym Particles sample during the confrontation at the lab. It was filmed as a measure of ambiguity in the event it was needed. The producers eventually decided to leave it out as a future plot point in either of another tie-in or in the sequel.
When Scott is shrinking to microscopic size he appears to shrink into a forest. This could allude to the Microverse. In Marvel comics its a whole world on subatomic level.
Scott is able to enlarge some items in size during the film, including himself. This is a homage to Giant-Man, in the comics Hank Pym's superhero title due to him relying more on growing to gigantic size rather than shrinking.
The original opening that Edgar Wright wrote was to have a mini-adventure (in homage of Goldfinger (1964)) that the young Hank Pym would infiltrate Panama to retrieve a microfilm and confronted a Panamanian general by the name of Castillo. Jordi Mollà had filmed his scenes as Castillo but was cut. Peyton Reed admitted that while the standalone adventure was really cool, although filmed, it was disconnected after it was edited together. Reed eventually settled for the existing prologue which bookmarks the confrontation with Mitchell and Hank later on.
All the movie (closing film of Phase Two in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) shares many similarities with Iron Man (2008) (first film of Phase One in the Marvel Cinematic Universe):
-A revolutionary and technologically advanced crime-fighting suit is replicated (and modified to be more lethal), by a former friend/partner of the suit's inventor, who has ambitions to sell the technology to people with nefarious purposes, expressly against the wishes of the inventor.
-In an effort to protect this from happening, and protect someone he loves, the hero must use the suit beyond its expected capabilities to defeat the villain, resulting in the villain's death as his own suit is destroyed.
-The hero is endangered by the technology he uses (Obadiah extracts from Tony Stark's breast the mechanism that prevents the shrapnel inside his blood from arriving at his heart to kill him, and Scott Lang uses the special system of the suit to defeat Cross, reducing his size to enter in the Quantum Realm).
-The hero trains to use the suit with comic results (Tony Stark crashes sometimes while he constructs the first armor, and Scott Lang increases his size before the right time, crashing against the ground).
-A woman turns into the assistant of the hero (Pepper Potts for Tony Stark, and Hope Pym for Scott Lang).
-Love interest between the hero and his assistant (Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, Scott Lang and Hope Pym).
-Both movies also end with the implication that the heroes' actions have earned them consideration for joining the Avengers.
-The main villain of the movie is bald (Obadiah Stane in Iron Man, Darren Cross in Ant-Man).
-The villain dies by the suit he creates (Stark collapses Stane's armor, who falls to crash against the Arc Reactor of the laboratory, and Lang collapses Cross's armor, who vanishes in the Quantum Realm).
-Presentation of a hero for a sequel (War Machine in Iron Man, The Wasp in Ant-Man).
The climax, when Scott shrinks to sub-atomic levels and enters the quantum realm, is a tribute to the Disneyland attraction, Adventure Thru Inner Space. Open from 1967 through 1985, the attraction shrunk guests as they got smaller till they became the size of an atom. Hank warns Scott by saying, "It means that you would enter a reality where all concepts of time and space become irrelevant as you shrink for all eternity." This same quote is repeated when Scott is in the quantum realm, though it echoes, similar to the Paul Frees quote from the attraction, "They will be our only source of contact once you have passed beyond the limits of normal Mag-ni-fi-ca-tion"