When Paul Rudd told his nine-year-old son he was going to be Ant-Man, his son said, "Wow, I can't wait to see how stupid that'll be."
The Falcon's role in the plot came about after Adam McKay and Paul Rudd went to see "Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)" and fell in love with the character. They casually suggested working him into the plot, and Kevin Feige informed them that it would actually make perfect sense since Falcon was now living at the New Avengers compound as of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
At first, the film was meant to focus on the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym. However, Pym developed several personalities, one of whom abused his girlfriend, and producers decided he was not family friendly. Instead, the focus shifted to Scott Lang, with Pym as a mentor and supporting character.
For the 1980s flashback scenes, de-aging VFX were used on the 70-year-old Michael Douglas and the 57-year-old Martin Donovan to make them appear younger, and aging VFX were combined with the wig and make-up 33-year old Hayley Atwell wore to make her appear older.
Michael Douglas celebrated his 70th birthday on set. As an homage to his on-screen character and to celebrate the milestone, the crew presented him with a birthday cake decorated in icing with ants crawling over a film reel.
Michael Douglas joked about his being made younger through CGI, saying he felt like doing a prequel to one of his younger films: "Seeing myself CGI-ed at the beginning of the movie thirty years younger was incredible! I had these little dots all over my face, and I'm looking at it and half way through the scene the picture it just appeared and there I was thirty years ago. Romancing the Stone (1984). I'm thinking I'm all for a prequel!"
According to Michael Douglas, the costume for Paul Rudd had to be altered because of his muscles. Rudd had gone on an extensive training and workout regimen in order to build the proper muscle size for a superhero, but Rudd had become so muscular, they had to soften his costume up.
While Edgar Wright was working on the film, he requested that Marvel refrain from using Ant-Man or Wasp until he had finished the movie, which is why they were absent from The Avengers (2012).
Scott's brief work at Baskin-Robbins was originally going to be at Chipotle, but the company did not like their negative portrayal. The filmmakers considered Jamba Juice, then settled on Baskin-Robbins after realizing that the bright colors would be a funny contrast to the dark prison opening.
The laser sounds fired from Yellowjacket's suit are the same sound as the main gun on an AT-AT being fired in the Star Wars movies. Disney owns Marvel and Star Wars.
In addition to getting in shape with the help of a trainer and weights, Paul Rudd worked with a gymnast. Rudd said of using a gymnast, "I knew I was going to have to do rolls and flips and things like that. I just wanted to be as convincing as possible."
Posters for "Pingo Doce," the Brazilian soda company Bruce Banner worked for in The Incredible Hulk (2008), can be seen in the San Francisco scenes.
(at around 11 mins) Darren Cross jokes that the concept of a shrinking human sounds like a "tale to astonish." Ant-Man made his debut in the comic "Tales to Astonish" #27 (Jan. 1962). Darren Cross shrinks a chair as part of a demonstration; this was taken from the same comic, where the first thing Hank Pym shrank was a chair.
Director Edgar Wright, a big fan of Ant-Man, proposed the film to Marvel in 2003, describing it as "an action-adventure comedy; a cross-genre action and special effects bonanza." He had been developing the movie since then, shooting a test reel and hiring the cast, and was close to begin shooting the movie. However, in 2014, he dropped out due to "creative differences" with Disney, which had bought out Marvel Studios five years prior.
Whilst filming a scene with Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd attempted to reenact the famous interrogation scene with Sharon Stone from Basic Instinct (1992). Rudd ultimately failed with the attempt, resulting in Michael Douglas saying "What are you, a f****** pervert?"
(at around 32 mins) Garrett Morris, who portrays a cab driver in the film, appeared as Ant-Man in the Saturday Night Live: Margot Kidder/The Chieftains (1979) sketch, which was the first live-action appearance of the hero.
Michael Douglas explained why he took the role of Hank Pym, saying, "And most importantly, I did it for my children. They're so excited. I've finally got a picture that they are so excited about. Dad is cool. You have to understand, for most of my career, I've done so many R-rated pictures. They can never see any of my movies. Just recently, at 14 and 12, they're becoming more aware of some of the things that I've done. So, this is a lot of fun."
(at around 46 mins) Scott Lang suggests calling the Avengers to assist. In the comics, Ant-Man was an original Avenger.
At the beginning of the film, set in 1989, the Triskelion is being constructed. The building was S.H.I.E.L.D's main quarters in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
The ants were specifically designed to be less grisly and friendlier than in real life: The ants were generally influenced by Saharan silver ants: they possess longer legs, can use their front legs as arms and possess a fur coat that makes them look shinier and armored. Their movements were slowed down to make them feel like noble beasts. The bullet ants were influenced by Ray Winstone; they were made to look heavier and their hairs were made thicker to resemble horns. The crazy ants were influenced by puppies, to act playful and peppy.
The size-shifting VFX (the outlines left by the body on shrinking/growing) were taken from the original "Ant-Man" comics, and was influenced by stop-motion and multiple exposure shots.
The shrunken-down scenes feature a great deal of dust mites, which was a deliberate move by the VFX artists to emphasize an insect's point of view (they see the world in greater detail than a human does).
Edgar Wright wanted the film to be completely stand-alone, with no references to the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This plan did not match the studio plan for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This, among other factors, led to Wright leaving.
Paul Rudd and stuntmen wore actual Ant-Man suits while Corey Stoll wore a motion-capture suit as Yellowjacket. This decision was made early on when creating and filming with a real Yellowjacket costume was found to be impractical.
The VFX artists decided to incorporate techniques that would make this film different from other "shrinking" films and give an "experimental" look to the film. These techniques include macro photography (digital mattes of enlarged environments) and motion-capture. Trick photography was also employed: close-ups, aerial shots and long shots with wide lenses were the main techniques employed to get a good ambiance for Ant-Man in a giant environment.
According to Evangeline Lilly, Hope's role was much smaller in Edgar Wright's drafts. It was beefed up significantly during rewrites, with Lilly providing some ideas and input.
Although Edgar Wright dropped out of the movie, a large portion of the script he wrote is still in the story.
Paul Rudd worked on rewrites with Adam McKay. Michael Peña and Evangeline Lilly have said in interviews that many of the actors were consulted on their characters during the rewrite, which resulted in expanded roles.
As part of a decades-long running joke, whenever he is a guest in Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) or Conan (2010), Paul Rudd always claims to show footage from his upcoming movie, but invariably plays a clip from Mac and Me (1988) in which wheelchair user Eric (Jade Calegory) flies off a cliff while Mac the alien watches on. When it was time to promote this film, the clip started out as a genuine trailer for Ant-Man, but was then combined with the clip from Mac and Me with Ant-Man edited into the footage.
On the day that they filmed the sequence of Cross shrinking a lamb, when they broke for lunch, the caterer just so happened to serve lamb chops. The cast and crew claimed it was an awkward meal.
John Slattery reprises his role as Howard Stark, Tony Stark's father, from Iron Man 2 (2010).
The Yellowjacket armor is based on the G.I. Ant-Man armor from the "Irredeemable Ant-Man" comic. The suit's helmet also incorporates the facial features of Hank Pym's villainous robot Ultron.
(at around 46 mins) When Scott Lang tells Pym that their first move should be calling the Avengers, Pym responds by saying that they're probably busy making a city fall from the sky. This is a direct reference to the events in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Paul Rudd and Adam McKay convinced Bobby Cannavale to do the film. Cannavale said, "They both called me and said, 'You've got to do this.' They called me before Marvel called." Cannavale felt that the big budget film's atmosphere felt more like an independent film, as he was able to improvise a lot with his fellow cast members.
In the comics, Hank Pym's daughter Hope Pym (here she takes her mother's maiden name of Van Dyne) was a villainous character who acted out of resentment against her father. While that angle is present in this film, she is much more heroic and reasonable here.
When the role of Wasp (Hank Pym's lover and wife) was in the script, Rashida Jones and Emma Stone were considered for the part.
The preview for the first teaser was ant-sized... Which is to say that it's almost completely impossible to tell what's going on in it. A human-sized trailer went up the next day.
Filmed in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, rather than the usual 2.39:1 for most Marvel films, to resemble the short stature of the title character. Its sequel was filmed in 2.39, but it featured over an hour of footage that was opened up at 1.90:1, which closely matches this film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio, when the movie played in IMAX theaters.
Corey Stoll describes his character of Darren Cross as a shadowy version of Hank Pym: "Cross is a guy who is not that dissimilar from Michael Douglas' character Hank Pym. A brilliant scientist, who is not ethically pure. The great thing about the whole movie is that everybody is in those shades of grey."
Luis, played by Michael Peña, was based on a real friend of Peña, Pablo, who is a minor criminal and talks just as rapidly as Luis does.
The idea of a potential Ant-Man movie had been kicked around before Marvel had its own movie studio. Once the Marvel Cinematic Universe was founded, there were plans to include him in the Phase One films and be a member of the Avengers. Those plans fell through and he was supposed to have a film in Phase Two instead. The movie was then pushed back to becoming the first part of Phase Three, until it was decided that this movie would actually be the finale of Phase Two, after Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and that Captain America: Civil War (2016) would lead Phase Three. In short, its release date didn't change so much as its classification.
Simon Pegg described Edgar Wright's script as 'daring, fun, funny and hugely exciting.' He lamented that this script will not be made.
A sequence was filmed where Pym and Lang discuss the Ant-Man name. Lines from this exchange include "Lame, I know," "Iron Man was taken," and "Is it too late to change the name?" (Interestingly, Pym did adopt other monikers in the comics, including Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket and Wasp.) These lines were featured in trailers and TV spots, but not the finished film.
Michael Douglas compared Hank Pym to his role as Liberace in Behind The Candelabra (2013): "Sometimes you've got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun."
Peyton Reed is a huge Marvel fan and seized the opportunity to direct a film in the MCU even if it meant stepping in at the last minute to take over a project previously helmed by Edgar Wright. Before the film's release, he went on the record as saying he'd absolutely direct the sequel. Reed directed the sequel Ant Man and the Wasp.
In the comics, Hank Pym created Ultron. This movie is the next Marvel movie released after Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Edgar Wright was responsible for casting Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, David Dasmalchian and Michael Pena.
Scott lives at the Milgrom Hotel. This was named after comic-book artist Al Milgrom.
Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) has said that he would like his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones to play the role of Janet van Dyne, the superheroine Wasp and Pym's wife, at some point in the future.
The tank used in the film is a fully functioning Soviet T-34-85 that was sent to the US in 1991 as a goodwill gift by Mikhail Gorbachev. It was loaned to the movie set by the curators of the Military Veterans Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The tank was used for nineteen days of filming, but a scene where it was shown being shrunk was later cut from the film; the real tank only appears for around nine seconds of the final product.
Peyton Reed originally wanted Rick Moranis who's known for portraying Wayne Szalinski in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids films in the film for a cameo.
Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan and Gary Oldman were considered for the role of Hank Pym.
During an interview with the film's star Paul Rudd on The Howard Stern Show (1990), Stern told Rudd he had tried - 15 years prior to the release of Ant-Man - to buy the rights from Marvel in hopes to translate it to the big screen.
While promoting Baby Driver (2017), Edgar Wright said he never watched the finished film, saying "It would kind of be like asking me, 'Do you want to watch your ex-girlfriend have sex?'"
(at around 41 mins) A newspaper article Hank Pym holds up mentions a Sasquatch. This refers to the Canadian superhero Sasquatch (Walter Langowski).
Jessica Chastain turned down the lead female role of Hope van Dyne due to scheduling conflicts. She had previously bowed out of the role of Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3 (2013) for the same reason.
The first production to film in the sound stages at the new Pinewood Atlanta Studios. With the exception of Doctor Strange (2016), all of Marvel Studios' subsequent productions have been filmed entirely or in part at Pinewood.
Edgar Wright himself selected Paul Rudd for the role of Scott Lang based on his natural charisma, which would make Scott likable despite being a criminal in-story.
Most of Ant-Man's action scenes were shot normally with VFX around him. The exception was the fight with Falcon: Anthony Mackie had to mime the actions of getting beaten by Ant-Man.
Patrick Wilson was cast as Paxton. But after the movie was delayed, scheduling conflicts forced Wilson to drop out and Bobby Cannavale took the role. Wilson subsequently went onto appear on the DC Extended Universe's superhero films by voicing a role the following year as the President of the United States in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and co-starring in Aquaman.
Michael Peña was actually stumbling over his words during the "telephone game" sequence.
Paul Rudd is the second Parks and Recreation (2009) cast member to be cast as a main lead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
Peyton Reed revealed that Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari were also writers of the movie but had to remain uncredited due to the Writers Guild. Dave Callaham also did a rewrite before filming.
Atoms consist of mostly empty space, as proven by Ernest Rutherford in his gold foil experiment. Therefore it is theoretically possible to shrink or expand material, although the means to do so are far beyond present day technology.
Adrien Brody, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ewan McGregor were all in the running for the role of Scott Lang.
(at around 1h 14 mins) When Luis is posing as a guard, he whistles "It's a Small World". Not only is Ant-Man small, which makes the song appropriate, but the song is originally from a ride (Small World) at Disneyland, which, like Marvel Studios, is owned by The Walt Disney Company.
Marvel executive producer Victoria Alonso exclaimed one morning during filming, "You'll never believe it! I found an ant in my bathtub, and I saved it! I was talking to it!"
While filming, the clapper boards read "Bigfoot" instead of Ant-Man to hide the true identity of the movie being filmed.
(at around 1h 35 mins) The toy train that a miniaturized Ant-Man and Yellowjacket fight on is a Bachmann Thomas the Tank Engine with four coaches; Annie, Emily's Composite Coach, Clarabel, and Emily's Brake Coach, respectively. At the time Thomas & Friends was celebrating its 70th anniversary.
The director of this film, Peyton Reed, was considered to direct "Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)," another "Marvel Studios" film, which was later directed by James Gunn. Reed was also attached at one point, to direct "Fantastic Four (2005)," a film adaptation based on another "Marvel" property, that was released by "20th Century Fox."
The house used for Hank's residence was also used as Halliwell Manor in Charmed (1998).
The building that was used for the Pym Technologies exterior set stored records for the city of Atlanta and was also used as the news studio in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), which also starred Paul Rudd.
Editor Dan Lebental said that despite Edgar Wright's departure and Peyton Reed joining the project, the studio still held onto the original release date. This meant that the film's post-production team lost 10 weeks of time in the process to complete the film. Lebental said that it certainly accelerated the workload on the editing, sound, visual effects and 3D rendering teams with their team doing the final mixing sound before some of the hundreds of visual effects shots even arrived for them. Lebental said that this is a norm in the business but this was an extreme situation, given Wright's departure and Reed joining.
According to promotional spots, featuring Leslie Bibb as journalist Christine Everhart, Lang's releasing date from jail for his robbery at VistaCorp is July 17th, the same date the movie was released.
After this film was released, Hope Pym was introduced into the Marvel Comics as Nadia Pym ("nadia" is Russian for "hope"), daughter of Hank Pym and a Hungarian scientist.
When Scott is working for Baskin-Robbins, his name tag says 'Jack' and he asks 'Darby' to "take over for this idiot". Jack and Darby are the names of Paul Rudd's children
VFX director Jann K. Engel acquired real pipes from salvage yards to use in the bathroom sequence.
In Edgar Wright's drafts, Darren Cross's alter ego would have been Nano Warrior, instead of Yellowjacket. The drafts also featured a car chase sequence.
Cinematographer Russell Carpenter previously worked on The Indian in the Cupboard (1995), another film featuring a scaled-down character. Having just finished up a low budget film in India, Carpenter indicated to his agent that he was looking to get back into shooting action movies. Coincidentally as this film was changing directors, Carpenter was brought in by Peyton Reed a week later on the compressed production schedule. In order to define the film's overall look, Carpenter began watching the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films, beginning with Iron Man (2008). Carpenter really liked the look to Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and ended up using the same LUT (Look Up Table), a colour correcting "preset" used in the final stages of post-production.
(at around 3 mins) Writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari appear briefly in the film as two prisoners during Scott Lang's escape from the jailhouse. Barrer's father also appears in the film (at around 18 mins), standing at the bar during the Hope/Cross dinner scene.
Much of the music composed by Christophe Beck for the soundtrack is written in 7/4 time signature (7 beats per measure).
For her iconic credits scene as the "crazy stupid fine" reporter, actress Anna Akana was told by director Peyton Reed several times to stuff her bra with toilet paper, as well as having to do her own hair and makeup before arriving on-set.
Edgar Wright has said that despite working on "Ant-Man" for a decade, and leaving the project on his own terms, he cannot bring himself to watch the finished product.
While he was then directing the movie, Edgar Wright posted on his blog a screenshot from The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: To Steal an Ant-Man (2012) with the word "Homework." In a plot similar to the film, that episode features Hank Pym hiring superheroes (Luke Cage and Iron Fist) to catch someone who stole his Ant-Man technology (Scott Lang). The villain of the episode was William Cross (in the comics he is the cousin to Darren Cross). Additionally, Falcon's line in the film about not telling Cap he was defeated by Ant-Man comes from a similar line by Luke in the episode.
Director Peyton Reed stated that Ant-Man's suit would look different from the one shown in the test footage.
David Dasmalchian said getting cast in this film couldn't have come at a better time, given that his wife was pregnant with their first child and they only had $400 in the bank. Dasmalchian initially feared that his casting was in jeopardy when Edgar Wright departed the project as Wright had personally emailed the actor. But the fear came to pass as new director Peyton Reed was a fan of the actor after his work in The Dark Knight and Passengers.
Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer, Rawson Marshall Thurber, Nicholas Stoller, Michael Dowse and David Wain were considered to direct the film.
During a fight inside a bag between Cross and Lang while both are minimized, Cross shouts: "I'm gonna disintegrate you!", and the Siri AI in an iPhone device inside the same bag understands this as a command to play the album "Disintegration" by The Cure, and proceeds to play the album's first track, "Plainsong". The album came out in 1989, the same year as the movie's opening scene. "Lullaby", another song on the same album, mentions a "spiderman".
Garrett Morris makes a brief appearance in a scene. Morris was the first person to ever portray Ant-Man in a 1979 'Saturday Night Live' skit called Superhero Party.
As the team prepares for the initial break-in at Hank Pym's house (about 22 minutes in), they obtain a technician's uniform from Burig Uniform & Linen. Susan Burig worked in the art department for this and several other Marvel movies.
Bobby Cannavale (Paxton) and John Slattery (Howard Stark) appeared in the hit TV series Will & Grace (1998): Cannavale was Will's love interest and Slattery was Will's brother. Michael Douglas also appeared in an episode of the TV show.
The end credits show some names with rectangular frames around them. On the right of the frames is written "magnification" and then a number in scientific notation.
Ant-Man is implied to have the ability to manipulate his weight and mass to be light and heavy whenever he wishes. This came from the DC Comics hero the Atom, who serves as Ant-Man's counterpart: both are heroes with shrinking abilities, and both started out as scientists who passed their titles down to others.
Edgar Wright's draft had the X-Con security team with approximately 6 or 7 members as opposed to the three in the finished film. Janet Van Dyne was also absent from the story.
Patrick Wilson was cast as William Crossnote, but he left the project after Edgar Wright's departure, citing a scheduling conflict.
(at around 25 mins) Scott Lang mentions Titanic (1997) among several other references with his friends. Cinematographer Russell Carpenter previously worked on the same film.
This is the second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be shown a 1:85:1 aspect ratio since The Avengers (2012).
The Carbondale safe in Hank Pym's basement is labeled as having been made in Raleigh, NC. Director Peyton Reed was born in Raleigh.
Ant-Man is the first solo Avenger who hasn't appeared in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film before his own solo film since Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk in 2008, and Captain America and Thor in 2011. Nick Fury first appeared in Iron Man (2008), Black Widow first appeared in Iron Man 2 (2010), Hawkeye first appeared in Thor (2011), Vision first appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) (the same for Scarlet Witch if her cameo in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) post-credits is not counted), and Spider-Man and Black Panther first appeared in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
Michael Peña's character picks up Scott Lang from San Quentin prison; the same jail that Peña's character was locked up in in The Lincoln Lawyer (2011).
if you pause at 1:31:13 during the helicopter fight scene when Darren Cross is shooting at Ant-Man you see the briefcase fall and on that moment an iPhone 6S gold is in the case. the iPhone 6s' release date was 9/9/15 which is 3 months after 'Ant-Mans' official release date.
Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace both starred in a Phase-Two Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie, and both also starred in films from The Hobbit trilogy. Lilly played Tauriel in both The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), while Pace played Thranduil in all three films.
Michael Douglas was later considered for the role of Doc in Baby Driver (2017), Edgar Wright's next film after dropping out of this project. Kevin Spacey was ultimately cast.
This is the fourth project to star Michael Douglas where the main setting is San Francisco, following The Streets of San Francisco (1972), Basic Instinct (1992) and The Game (1997).
Michael Douglas's first film for the Walt Disney Company. His father, Kirk Douglas, appeared in Disney's first live-action film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). His cast mate, James Mason, was mentor to a young Sam Neill, who appeared in Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
This is the second super hero movie for actor David Dastmalchian. He previously appeared in The Dark Knight (2008) in a minor role as one of Joker's henchmen.
Judy Greer plays Maggie Lang. She also plays Karen, mother to the two boys that go to Jurassic World (2015) on vacation where they meet Owen Grady, played by Chris Pratt who plays Starlord/Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
(at around 5 mins) In the Baskin-Robbins scene Scott's manager has a cup of pens on his desk. One of the pens has a birdlike character with wings on it. Later when Scott first breaks into Hank's house (at around 24 mins), he searches in a junk drawer for tape to copy a fingerprint. In the second drawer, where he finds the bottle with the liquid in it, you can see the same birdlike character figurine.
This is the second time that a film from the MCU was released in theaters in July since Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
John Slattery and Anthony Mackie have appeared in other Marvel movies but have never shared any screen time. In another film The Adjustment Bureau (2011) they both appear onscreen at the same time.
Corey Stoll plays the main antagonist Darren Cross in this movie, and also appears in the film The Bourne Legacy (2012) where the main protagonist's name is Aaron Cross.
Marvel Heroes Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) & Chris Pratt (Star Lord) have both played a goofy/idiotic character named Andy on separate television shows. Rudd in Wet Hot American Summer (2001) and Pratt in Parks and Recreation (2009).
This film reunites Michael Douglas and Martin Donovan who also worked together as Secret Service agents in The Sentinel (2006).
Paul Rudd has worked with several other actors from Marvel films. He appeared in The Cider House Rules (1999) with Tobey Maguire. He also appeared in I Love You, Man (2009) with J.K. Simmons, Jon Favreau and Lou Ferrigno.
(at around 1h 35 mins) The toy train that collides into Yellowjacket in the battle between Ant-Man and Yellowjacket which grows to gigantic size is Thomas from the classic British children's series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends (1984).
After Real Steel (2011), Evangeline Lilly and Anthony Mackie are cast again without sharing any screen-space.
The plot has similarities to both The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Batman Beyond (1999) - an older hero trains a thief to be his replacement and settle an old score.
Pym technologies' logo is a series of 4 circles (2 inner ones are large, 2 outer ones are small) connected by lines. The 2 circles on the left are closed in; the 2 on the right are open. From left to right, the pattern is downward (small circle to large circle)-upward (large circle to small circle)-downward (small circle to large circle), which could suggest shrinking and growing in size.
In the film, Scott turns up uninvited to his daughter's birthday, after his wife left him. In Falling Down (1993), Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) plays D-Fens, a character who spends the entire film trying to see his daughter on her birthday, despite his ex wife not wanting him there.
Garrett Morris once played a character named "Ant Man" on a Saturday Night Live (1975) skit also featuring John Belushi (The Hulk) Dan Aykroyd (The Flash) Bill Murray (Superman) and Margot Kidder (Lois Lane).
Judy Greer played the character Deadly Girl in the movie The Specials (2000). With Garrett Morris, that makes at least two actors playing non-super-powered characters in Ant-Man who had played superheroes in the past.
(at around 50 mins) When Hope and Scott are practicing punches, Hope (Evangeline Lilly) says that her mother died in a plane crash. Previously, Lilly was a principle character in the TV series Lost (2004), which ran for 6 seasons and ended in 2010. The story begins with a plane crash.
In Pym's house a glimpse of a poster with a Japanese kendo fighter is seen. In Black Rain (1989) there's a scene where Michael Douglas visits a kendo dojo.
At the end, Ant-Man enlarges one ant to about 6-ft long. In 1954 a movie was released called Them! It had ants mutated to gigantic size. It was directed by Gordon Douglas (no relation to Michael Douglas).
At 1:34:45 of the movie, Paxton turned around the police car heading back to Cassie's house, The street they're on is Broadway in San Francisco. You can see Urban Curry, San Francisco's Most Authentic Indian / Nepalese Restaurant. As of 2019, the address of this place is 523 Broadway. The restaurant next to it on 501 Broadway is Little Szechuan.
In the comics, Hank Pym becomes abusive / psychotic because of the constant growing / shrinking (Ant Man, Giant Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket), to the point that he puts his wife's life (Janet Van Dyne Pym) in mortal danger because he wants to be the hero rescuing her; he goes through treatment and counseling, and gives up his size-changing adventures. This is reflected in the movie, with Pym and several others mentioning that the constant shrinking changes the brain's chemistry, making that person unstable, and Pym gives up the suit to a new generation... with warnings.
Director Peyton Reed's second film with the word "man" in the title, after Yes Man (2008).
Michael Douglas's wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones had starred in The Mask of Zorro (1998) which Antonio Banderas stars as Alejandro Murrieta, a thief who is recruited and trained by his mentor Don Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins) as the heroic masked swordsman Zorro. In this film, Scott Lang (a thief) becomes Ant-Man (A masked superhero) which is recruited by Hank Pym.
Hank Pym and Darren Cross look and dress remarkably similar to 2 real-life entrepreneurs: Dan Peña and Jeff Bezos respectable. Also, the Pym house almost looks like a castle, which is what the real life Peña calls his home.