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‘Ant-Man’ director Peyton Reed on the character, film and ants

Actor Paul Rudd attends Marvel's
Actor Paul Rudd attends Marvel's "Ant-Man" Hall H Panel Booth Signing during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California.
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With the release this week of Marvel’s next superhero flick, “Ant-Man,” welcome to a brief look at how the movie is different from the rest of the pack in both character and development.

Although Ant-Man has never been as celebrated as his contemporaries Captain America, Iron Man, and the Hulk, he appeared in 1962 as the creation of legendary comic book writers Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. He even premiered in the “Avengers” comics as one of its original members. And while shrinking and controlling ants may not be as impressive as flight or super-strength, Ant-Man has always been invaluable for reconnaissance and versatility.

Similar to the character portrayed within, the movie adaptation of the comic has been versatile, especially when it comes to length and cost. “Ant-Man” is just under two hours and set Walt Disney Studios back $150 million, which lies in stark contrast to other films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which clocked in at well over two hours and blew past $300 million. While skeptics have been unsure about whether “Ant-Man” can stand up to the giant bar set by its predecessors, the film already collected over $6 million in Thursday-night receipts.

John Horn stepped in to speak with “Ant-Man” director Peyton Reed, checking to see if by the end of the filming process he had become an expert on ants.


Peyton Reed, Director, “Ant-Man;” Reed’s previous director credits include “Bring It On” and “Yes Man”