Ant-Man's impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been anything but small. The character's first film brought in enough at the box office to trigger a sequel, this time co-starring the Wasp, and many fans argue that his handful of scenes in Captain America: Civil War stole the show despite the bevy of more widely-known heroes surrounding him. Much of the credit for the character's early success goes (deservedly so) to actor Paul Rudd and the directors and writers who have spearheaded his time onscreen, but a lot of the hard work necessary to bring Marvel's heroes to life happens way before cameras roll.
One such unsung hero is Marvel Studios concept artist Andy Park, who recently shared several first pass designs on social media for Ant-Man's suit, one of which bears a clear resemblance to the character's comic book counterpart.
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These are 1st pass concept design takes on Ant-Man on the1st film. They were looking for a retro non-Stark look. This was Hank Pym's design sensibilities. As usual we start with the source material & look at his comic book look. And then we take the needs of our movie & make sense of the two. I always enjoy doing these faster concept designs rather than more rendered illustrations especially in 1st passes. But a lot of times we need to do the more rendered version to help sell it. #antman #paulrudd #conceptart #costume #design #illustration #instaart #painting #그림 #그림스타그램 #marvel #marvelstudios
Before the final design featured all of Scott Lang's face being concealed behind his helmet, the concept artist toyed with the idea of his mouth and eyes remaining open similar to that of the suit commonly seen in Marvel Comics. Ultimately the filmmakers decided that the entirety of Lang's features would need to be covered, given the suit's cinematic purpose as a "containment suit," which Park goes into detail about alongside a later draft of the design:
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Closeup of of an Ant-Man concept design I did for his 1st film. The helmet was the approved helmet minus it showing Scott's mouth. I know it's more like the comic to have his mouth showing but the cinematic conceit of the suit is that it's a containment suit. The Pym particles need to be contained inside the suit in order for him to shrink & to maintain his reduced size. I guess the same applies to growth as well. I loved designing all of Ant-Man's suits in all his film appearances. #honored #antman #captainamerica #civilwar #avengers #conceptart #costume #design #illustration #instaart #그림 #그림스타그램 #marvel #marvelstudios #paulrudd
Scott Lang and company will return on July 6, 2018, when director Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp debuts. The film stars returning cast members Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, joined by franchise newcomers Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, Hannah John-Kamen as The Ghost, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Randall Park as Jimmy Woo and Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster.