ANT-MAN's PEYTON REED Reveals MICROVERSE Connection & Storyline Adaptation Source

Ant-Man poster
Ant-Man poster
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Marvel Premiere #47
Marvel Premiere #47
Credit: Marvel Comics

Ant-Man director Peyton Reed recently sat down with Uproxx to discuss some of the details of the upcoming film, which Reed describes as "a miracle."

“It was clearly Edgar [Wright] and Joe [Cornish]’s idea to make this a heist movie and to sort of loosely base it on Marvel Premiere ‘To Steal an Ant-Man’ that introduced Scott Lang,” said Reed, referring to Marvel Premiere #47.

“It was also their idea to create this Hank Pym/Scott Lang, mentor/mentee relationship. And, also, their idea to kind of do a Marvel movie where the third act battle take place in a little girl’s bedroom. Genius. It was great.”

Reed also brought up the film's epic climax, which sees the characters transported to dimension referred to previously in interviews as the "Quantum Realm" but is now revealed in fact to be a popular Marvel dimension.

Ant-Man enters the Microverse
Ant-Man enters the Microverse
Credit: Marvel Comics

“[Co-writer Adam McKay and I] were both really jazzed about the idea of, in the third act, in a movie in which we will have seen shrinking a bunch, let’s take it even further in the third act and introduce what, in the comics, was the microverse, in what we call the quantum realm.”

In comics, the Microverse is a parallel universe that can be reached by shrinking down to sub-atomic size. Numerous Marvel characters have traveled to the Microverse, including Hank Pym and Scott Lang, but also Captain America, the Fantastic Four, and even the Hulk. The Microverse was also the setting for the cult-classic licensed series Micronauts.

Finally, Reed also mentioned the film's name-check of Tales To Astonish, the title in which Ant-Man made him debut in the '60's, a detail that reportedly survived Wright and Cornish's draft, saying “I know Edgar and Joe had had a nod to Tales to Astonish, but that was something I absolutely wanted to preserve. I loved it.”

Ant-Man hits theaters on July 17.

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