If you are unfamiliar with the size-changing superhero, the title may leave you wanting. However, Ant-Man has become one of the most popular films of 2015, and one of the most loved films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This surprising success is in no small way attributable to Paul Rudd’s outstanding performance that brings with it a comedic element that rivals Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man.
Ant-Man is an origin story. It chronicles the story of how Scott Lang (Rudd) came to take on the role of Ant-Man under the mentorship of the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Pym designed a suit that allows the wearer to shrink to the size of an ant and have the ability to communicate with ants. When he realizes that there are people out there that want to use this technology for the wrong reasons, he hides it away and desists using it.
When Scott Lang breaks into a house and steals the suit, he decides to return it. He is subsequently arrested, however Hank Pym decides to utilize his cat burglar skills for his own needs. Pym’s protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) is close to replicating the suit and Pym enlists Lang to break in and steal Cross’ replica suit.
The film had a turbulent production process with original writer and director Edgar Wright leaving the process late in the day to be replaced by Peyton Reed, which brought with it some apprehension from audiences. This was soon waylaid when the film opened to both critical and audience acclaim.
But, as with all films, and in particular action films, there were some mistakes that slipped through into the final edit. Here we take a look at 10 of those goofs.
10. Sneaky Camera-man
Ant-Man tells the story of how Lang becomes estranged from his daughter due to his wife’s concerns after Lang spends time in prison. During the film we watch Lang attend his daughter’s birthday party. A fairly awkward affair, but not as awkward as what happens afterwards. When Lang is sitting in his van after the party,the camera moves into a close up of him. Unfortunately, the eagle eyed among the audience will notice a red light and the face of a camera man in the van’s mirror. Maybe he was trying to get a cast credit in the film?
9. Genetically Modified Ants
This is not so much a goof as a miss-representation of science. During the “big” (in this case sometimes big, oftentimes small) fight scene we see a variety of objects change size other than Ant-Man and Yellowjacket (Cross). One of these is a giant Thomas the Tank Engine but the other is an ant the size of a large dog. If this were to really happen, the ant would not be able to survive. The exoskeleton of the ant would not be substantial enough to sustain a creature of that size. Also, ants lack lungs. This means that would not be able to absorb the amount of oxygen required to sustain a large size.
8. Inconsistent Flashbacks
In a scene where Scott Lang is fiddling with the regulator, he gets warned by Hank Pym, ‘’do not screw with the regulator’’. A warning that should definitely be heeded. Much like the warning to ensure dialogue stays the same in flashback scenes. However, towards the end of the film Scott goes “subatomic.” A dangerous option to which there is often no return. During this scene there is a flashback and Hank is heard to say ‘’do not mess with the regulator’’. At no point is going subatomic supposed to change dialogue, yet here it is. Maybe they were focusing on the distracting visual effects rather than what people were saying on screen.
7. Miracle Nose Bleeds
In one scene, viewers see Pym get rather worked up with an employee. He gets so upset that he punches the individual in the face. The force of the less-than-friendly gesture causes the employee to bleed from both nostrils and he holds a handkerchief up to the profusely bleeding nose. However, in the proceeding cuts there is no blood on the aforementioned handkerchief where in the final cut there is a small amount of blood. Either this employee has miracle blood clotting ability, or somebody wasn’t paying attention.
6. Inaccurate Voices
The ground breaking technology that both Lang and Cross utilise enables them to change size to a tiny insect like size. However, both of their voices remain the same when they shrink. When sound waves travel through a smaller area they create a higher pitch, which is when somebody is shrank in films, cartoons, etc their voice changes pitch. However, in Ant-Man this is not the case. Ant-Man and Yellowjacket should have humorous high pitched voices rather than their usual voices. This scientific accuracy may have detracted from the action, which is a plausible reason for ignoring the scientific rule.
5. Silent/Non-Silent Phones
There is one scene in the film where three characters (Paxton, Maggie and Cassie) are sat dining together. As they dine, we hear a message notification from Paxton’s phone as he receives a message. However, when we see the phone on screen, it is evident that the phone is on silent mode as the symbol indicating silent mode is “turned on” appears at the top of the phone screen. The phone seemed to be confused.
4. Changing Shape-shifting
In the first scene where Scott changes size, he shrinks upwards. He stands in his bathroom and dons the incredible shrinking suit. When he does so he shrinks upwards. This means the tiny Scott ends up in mid-air where the life size Scott’s head was. He then falls into a (dirty) bath tub. Throughout the rest of the film when Scott shrinks, he shrinks down meaning his feet remain firmly planted on the ground. No explanation is given as to why his initial shrinking experience sends him upwards and all subsequent shrinks go downwards. Is there a special button? Is it a pre-set that can be found in System Preferences? Who knows.
3. The Incredibly Light Shrinking Tank
Throughout the film, it is re-iterated that objects retain their original mass when shrunken. This presents certain issues in terms of the film. For example, Ant-Man runs across a number of surfaces that should not be able to hold his weight without cracking or breaking. When the Thomas the Tank Engine is backwards shrunken (made bigger) the large Thomas should still retain the same mass as the small model Thomas. Therefore, it means it would not crush the car. Also, at the end of the film we see that Hank Pym has a tank key-ring on his keys that has been shrunken in the past. Pym would be dragging this key-ring around if it had been shrunken, as it would retain its original mass.
2. Clothing Malfunction
When Scott and his friends are going over the plan to steal from Cross, they are all together in Hank’s house. During this scene, there is a close up of group member Luis (Michael Pena) where we see that the top button on his shirt is undone. In the next cut, we see that the top button of the shirt is fastened, however, there has been no time for him to have buttoned up the shirt. There is a similar wardrobe issue when we see Luis introduce us to his friends Kurt (David Dastmalchian) and Dave (T.I). Initially, Kurt is wearing sunglasses, and then they miraculously vanish with no explanation for the rest of the scene.
1. Magic Thomas the Tank Engine
In the advert for the film, one of the best scenes of the film is utilised. During a big fight scene, a toy Thomas the Tank Engine set is used. The model train is running on a train track as the two insect sized foes fight. Yellowjacket stands on the track and when the model train hits him it falls off the track. The juxtaposition from the dramatic fight scene to the tiny effect of the small model train falling off a model railway set the scene for the film in the advert. In the film sequence, however, after the train has fallen off the track, Cross (Yellowjacket) is seen lifting Thomas from the track and throwing it at Ant-Man.