Okay, so Paul Rudd's Ant-Man might not be the slickest of superheroes (and let's be honest, the name doesn't exactly scream 'badass'), but director Peyton Reed has said that his original vision for the movie's opening was inspired by an entrance that the super suave British spy James Bond might make.
Speaking with CinemaBlend, Reed has revealed that although it didn't make it into the final theatrical version, Ant-Man opened with a flashback featuring a young, sprightly Hank Pym on a top secret espionage mission. He might've looked something like this:
Anyway, the alternate sequence actually sounds totally awesome, and has me itching to see it! I'll let Reed explain what exactly we missed out on:
It was basically a standalone sequence where you really did not see it was Hank Pym. He was retrieving some microfilm from this, originally Cuban general and then it because a Panamanian general… It really was designed in those early drafts to be almost like a Bond movie standalone scene in the beginning. It was going to show the powers. You never saw Ant-Man, it almost felt like an Invisible Man sequence, and it’s really, really cool.
Right, so why didn't we get to actually watch this awesome scene?! Well, Reed says the production team thought that it felt a little out of place and "tonally disconnected from the movie," so I guess it getting cut was ultimately for the best.
But that doesn't mean it's lost forever!
According to the director, the deleted scene still exists:
We actually ended up shooting that sequence and cut it together and it’s fantastic, but the more we got into editing, it just felt too disconnected to the rest of the movie. It felt like vestige of those earlier drafts, which as a standalone thing was really cool. We actually talked at one point about releasing like a standalone, Hank Pym as Ant-Man. Who knows if that will still happen.
Hmmm, I smell a Blu-ray bonus feature! Come on, Marvel, let's see this kick-ass epic James-Bond-meets-Ant-Man sequence.