SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE BEGINNING AND END OF “ANT-MAN”
One of the more striking sequences of Peyton Reed’s “Ant-Man” is the opening scene, a meeting set within the headquarters of S.H.I.E.L.D. in which a young Hank Pym (a digitally de-aged Michael Douglas) holds a meeting with several key people in the Marvel universe including Howard Stark (John Slattery) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Attwell).
It is, however, a scene which was NOT a part of original director’s Edgar Wright’s original idea to open the film – instead Wright had planned something more ambitious and almost James Bond-esque in approach that would’ve expanded on Pym’s time working with the agency. Speaking with Cinema Blend, Reed revealed that:
“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 became 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… It started to feel tonally disconnected from the movie we were making and story-wise, and it also kind of set a standalone adventure, but it didn’t just connect to the rest of our story.”
The scene in question lasted long into the process, in fact it was shot and edited together with “Bad Boys II” villain Jordi Molla in the role of Panamanian General Castillo. Ultimately though it was chopped, which means it could be released at a later date:
“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.”
Reed also revealed that the end of the movie and the fate of Mitchell Carson (Martin Donovan) was more close-ended originally, but they decided to shoot the sequence with some ambiguity in case they wanted to use it:
“At the end of the movie he gets away and has these Cross particles, and there was a sequence where Ant-Man has an encounter with him. But then for a couple reasons, it felt like maybe we should leave those particles out there. In that original thing, he took Martin Donovan out and got the particles.”