For a Marvel film Ant Man had a pretty rough weekend at the box office. The movie made a $57.2 million three day opening gross according to Box Office Mojo. A respectable opening for most movies, but a dog for a Marvel franchise. The only Marvel produced franchise to do worst-- The Incredible Hulk of 2008.
The news gets even worst when the numbers are adjusted for inflation. Ant Man falls to dead last.
The movie had a troubled production history. The original director, Edgar Wright was replaced. About a third of the original cast and technical crew also walked with Wright. Ant Man also went through two mid production rewrites.
The movie that is out there is a perfectly respectable and entertaining product. Ant Man has an A audience Cinemas Score. It will be a hit for the Marvel , just a small one.
The fan base obviously is saving their money for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
The Marvel/Disney folks didn't promote Ant Man as vigorously as its other tent poles. Also, Peyton Reed as a replacement for Edgar Wright, wasn't exactly inspiring critical and fan confidence.
The original Edgar Wright script ( and there is still quite a lot of it in the finished movie) treated Ant Man's adventure as a solo lark, not as a cohesive part of a Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU and Captain America: Civil War tie-ins had to be shoe-horned in. That made for some creaky story and expository passages.
Civil War started filming while Ant Man was in production. The original ending had to be changed to accommodate a Civil War foreshadowing scene.
The released movie ends by having Luis (Michael Pena) tell Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) that the Avengers are looking for him, hinting that the superhero will show up in next year’s huge Captain America sequel.
The original ending had a big showdown between Ant Man and Mitchell Carson (Martin Donovan)-- – the high-ranked S.H.I.E.L.D. member (who is also an undercover Hydra agent) who appeared during the 1980s scenes. In the film, Carson tries to purchase Darren Cross’ Yellowjacket suit, but instead ends up stealing the Cross (or Pym) particles.
In a Cinema Blend interview discussed how he meant for the ending to be more close ended.
“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.”
No official Ant Man sequel has been announced. However, Paul Rudd will be reprising his Ant Man role in Captain America: Civil War. Marvel Head Kevin Feige has hinted that the Wasp and the Cross/Pym Particles will also make a return in some future Marvel releases.
Do you wish that Peyton Reed had kept this original ending for Ant-Man, or do you think that the film ended exactly where it should have? Where do you think Mitchell Carson and the Cross Particles will show up next? Hit the comments with your thoughts!
Ant-Man is now playing in theaters; Captain America: Civil War arrives on May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.
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