Concept art from Captain America: Civil War features Captain America going at it against Giant Man. The film, which solidified the Russo Brothers (Joe and Anthony) as Marvel Studios’ tentpole directors saw the ideological divide between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) widen, prompting the Avengers to choose sides. A massive hit, the film also introduced a new breed of superhero with the MCU version of Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).
The epic blockbuster was hailed for many things, but it there is one thing that people immediately think of when you say Civil War, it is the famous airport scuffle between Team Cap and Team Iron Man. The head-to-head clocks in at more or less 17 minutes and gives each of the characters involved their own moment to shine, including the newly introduced Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), who made quite a scene by growing into Giant Man. His new trick was pretty helpful to Cap and his team, but it turns out, that Scott’s new set of skills could have been helpful to Tony’s brood if things panned out differently.
Marvel Studios artist Andy Park released another look at the previously released concept art — an interesting thing given that both of them are on the same side — on his official Instagram account. But as the illustrator explained in the caption, Scott was not always in Steve’s camp as an early version of the script groups him with Tony. In hindsight, considering his history with the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and his mentor, Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglass) distaste for the Starks, it only makes sense that he ended up with the super soldier’s team. You can check out the image below:
Closeup of one of the Ant-Man/Giant-Man keyframes I illustrated for Captain America: Civil War. Yes, I know Cap & him were on the same side, but not in an early draft of the script. I'm glad he eventually went on #TeamCap Makes more sense. #antman #giantman #ironman #captainamerica #captainamericacivilwar #conceptart #costume #design #helmet #그림 #그림스타그램 #marvel #marvelstudios
Despite the artwork not being able to translate into the big screen, it still has some familiar elements to it that wound up in Civil War‘s final cut. The uppercut that Giant-Man takes from Cap looks similar to how both Iron Man and War Machine (Don Cheadle) ultimately knocked Scott down just as Spider-Man was webbing his legs together.
Knowing now that Ant-Man could have been on Team Iron Man poses an intriguing “what-if” question that Marvel can ponder moving forward. Of all those on Cap’s side, Scott was the sassiest to Tony — from infiltrating his suit to the ex-con throwing shade at him despite already being imprisoned in the raft. And while it is not really supposed to be funny, it allowed Rudd to effectively show his comedic chops at the cost of “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.”
After his brief encounter with Steve and Tony in Captain America: Civil War, Scott is scheduled to reunite with them when all MCU heroes go up against the mad titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his children, the Black Order in Avengers: Infinity War. And depending on who survives their first round versus the purple supervillain, they could once again gather together for the still-untitled Avengers 4. In the meantime, Ant-Man has some personal issues to take care of in Ant-Man And The Wasp.
Source: Andy Park
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