(Warning - a mild SPOILER for an early gag in Ant-Man lies below. If you've not yet seen the movie, proceed with whatever level of caution your natural SPOILER-aversion dictates...)
Now, it's no real surprise that Ant-Man - a movie co-written by Anchorman's Adam McKay, directed by Bring It On's Peyton Reed, and starring pretty-much-every-comedy-of-the-past-decade's Paul Rudd - has a whole lot of comedic elements. What is, perhaps, a little more of a shock is just how well all of that comedy melds with the action-packed stylings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe into a notably entertaining end product.
As it turns out, though:
One of the Film's Funniest Gags Wasn't Supposed to Happen the Way It Did
Specifically, that one just above, in which Paul Rudd's Scott Lang briefly - and hugely unsuccessfully - works at Baskin Robbins.
Originally, though, Scott was set to work at a very different sort of food-service provider. Now, back at the Ant-Man premiere, writer Adam McKay revealed to USA Today that the company in question was...wait for it...Jamba Juice.
Which...would've actually been a pretty similar gag to Baskin Robbins. As it turns out, though - according to director Peyton Reed, at least - Jamba Juice wasn't actually the filmmakers' first pick either.
Scott Lang Almost Worked at...Chipotle
As Reed himself puts it:
"McKay is misremembering it, because he originally wrote Chipotle. Chipotle is funny."
The only problem? Chipotle was seemingly not at all down with their company being the subject of a scene of comic-relief (in which one of their managers came across as magnificently incompetent). In Reed's words:
"Chipotle didn’t particularly like the context in which we were using their brand..."
And, after apparently considering a fictional franchise called 'Chiplotnicks,' and rejecting it as ineffective, the filmmakers reportedly came up with a whole other idea:
"We talked about Jamba Juice, and then we landed on Baskin-Robbins..."
"Who doesn’t like Baskin Robbins?"
Y'know - other than Scott Lang in Ant-Man...
What do you think, though?