An Interview with ANT-MAN Director Peyton Reed

Did you check out my interview with ANT-MAN‘s Paul Rudd yesterday? Well, I’m back with another interview from my set visit in Atlanta last year, this time with Director Peyton Reed!

ANT-MAN's Director Peyton Reed

Below is a portion of our interview with Peyton Reed!

Marvel's Ant-Man L to R: Director Peyton Reed and actress Abby Ryder Fortson (Cassie) on set Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2014

What’s your experience of Ant Man before starting production on the movie?

Well, I am a classic Marvel Comics nerd who was reading comic books from a really, really young age and there was kind of a choice as a kid – you either read Marvel Comics or DC Comics. Some kids read both, but I was strictly a Marvel guy and Ant Man was one of my favorites. I always loved Ant Man. He’s an outsider character, even in the comics world. He really never had his own comic book.

A lot of why he becomes Ant Man is because of his daughter, so how much of that played a part in this film?

It’s one of the things that I really was attracted to about the movie because I think he’s the only super hero in the Marvel Universe that’s apparent. We’ve changed some of the specifics from the comic, but he still definitely has the relationship with his daughter Cassie.

It is a driving force as to why he embraces his heroic side. That was really appealing to me to do a movie that has all these weird elements to it. The shrinking, the controlling ants, and all the sort of super heroics, but also has this really grounded domestic side you know. It’s this guy who is making really poor decisions in his life and is now trying some kind of redemption.

And a big part of that is to really be a part of his daughter’s life. And also to make the world a better place for his daughter to grow up in. There’s a great thematic between Paul and his daughter, and also Michael Douglas and his daughter, in the movie, Evangeline Lily.

Is there a lot of comedy in the movie?

There is. It’s a serious movie with serious stakes, but we know it was important to keep the comedic thing alive. There’s certain situations are just inherentantly funny and we’ve never forgotten that we are doing a movie about a guy who shrinks down to the size of an ant, which is potentially the silliest Marvel hero around. I think one of the things that we all love is that the movie is gonna’ surprise people and in terms of the shrinking we’re able to do things on a technical level that just haven’t been in a movie before.

It takes place in the real world, but we experience it  from radically different perspectives. And when we go down and he shrinks down we’re able to get the cameras, these virtual cameras, in places that you just couldn’t do before. So it’s a whole other  representation of what it’s like to be small.

And then in terms of the other power, the weirder power, controlling ants which seems so crazy and silly we’re gonna’ show the audience okay maybe it’s not so silly. Like, look at what he can do and look at what these tiny things when they’re mobilized into armies of what they can actually do. And that’s one of the fun things about the movie. I think it will sneak up on audiences that way.

About ANT-MAN:


The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “AntMan” when master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular AntMan suit from a new generation of towering threats.

ANTMAN opens in theaters everywhere on July 17th!

Disclosure: Disney sponsored travel and accommodations. Thoughts are my own.