ByIan M. Simpson, writer at
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Ian M. Simpson

The next installment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming up this Friday, and while it may not be as hyped as [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), Ant-Man is looking like it is going to be a huge movie. To tide you over for the last couple of days until it hits theaters, here are some awesome Ant-Man facts that you may not know.

10. Chastain Was Out Of Hope's Reach

Hope van Dyne, the lead female role in the film, is played by Hobbit actress Evangeline Lily. Before that, Jessica Chastain (Interstellar) turned down the role because of some unfortunate conflicts with her schedule.

9. Boromir as Hank Pym?

Before Michael Douglas got the part as Hank Pym, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, and Gary Oldman were were all considered for the role. That means that the actors for James Bond, Boromir, and Sirius Black were almost in the MCU!

8. Autobot Inspirations

The design for Ant-Man's helmet was based off of Iron Man's helmet and Bumblebee from the Transformers movies. I can definitely see the resemblance, can you?

7. Ant-Man Had a Long Wait to the Theater

Stan Lee himself pitched an idea for an Ant-Man movie back in the late 1980s, but studios thought that the idea for the film was too similar to the film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Therefore, the idea never went through and the movie had to wait several decades to get a green light.

6. Paul Rudd Became an Ant-Enthusiast

Paul Rudd wanted to learn the way ants worked together, so he bought a large ant farm. Even after he learned what he wanted to know, he was so inspired by the ant farm that he kept it.

5. Wasp Was Almost in the Film!

At one point in the script, the superhero and Hank Pym's love-interest Wasp was supposed to be in the film. Actresses Emma Stone and Rashida Jones were in talks to play the role.

4. In with the New

The film originally planned to focus on Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man from the comics who helped start The Avengers. However, Pym had some questionable character flaws, such as domestic abuse, so they ended up going with Scott Lang. They still kept Hank Pym in a mentor role.

3. Paul Rudd Beefed Up TOO Much!

In order for Paul Rudd to prepare for the role of Ant-Man, he started an intense exercise plan. The exercise worked, and Paul gained the classic muscular superhero physique. Unfortunately, he became too muscular, to his Ant-Man outfit had to be altered to fit.

2. Ant-Man Was in Marvel's Plans All Along!

Although it has taken many years for the minuscule Marvelite to get his own film, Ant-Man almost got a movie back in Phase One of the MCU. He was then pushed back into Phase Two, and then even into Phase Three for a little while before they brought him back to close up Phase Two.

1. The Ant That Almost Was

Though Paul Rudd obviously ended up with the part, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (The Dark Knight Rises) and Ewan McGregor (Ghost Writer) were both in the running for the part. Adrien Brody (The Grand Budapest Hotel) also expressed interest in playing the role.

Ant-Man hits theaters on July 17, so make sure to get your tickets!



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