Marvel's newest comic book movie Ant-Man had a bit of a rough time getting to the big screen. After years in development, director Edgar Wright suddenly dropped out of the project just as filming was about to get underway, only to be replaced by Peyton Reed. Script revisions later delayed the movie even further, and many critics and fans feared the worst. But now the box office and reviews are finally in and Ant-Man has emerged as a small hit for the studio.
Yet changes on the film during production didn't stop there. With the announcement of Captain America: Civil War in early 2014, Reed ended up needing to incorporate some foreshadowing in his movie for the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The director is already responsible for introducing the quantum realm to the franchise, and thereby setting up Phase 3, but there's also at least one other unresolved element in Ant-Man for which he can take credit.
In an interview with Cinema Blend, Reed recently revealed that Ant-Man was originally supposed to end quite differently. The version currently in theaters sets up Captain America: Civil War by having Luis (Michael Pena) tell Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) that the Avengers are looking for him, hinting that the superhero will show up in next year's huge Captain America sequel.
Yet the original script actually ended with a final fight between Ant-Man and Mitchell Carson (Martin Donovan) - the high-ranked S.H.I.E.L.D. member (who is also an undercover Hydra agent) who appeared during the 1980s scenes. In the film, Carson tries to purchase Darren Cross’ Yellowjacket suit, but instead ends up stealing the Cross (or Pym) particles. However, Reed says that storyline was initially meant to be close-ended:
"At the end of the movie he gets away and has these Cross particles, and there was a sequence where Ant-Man has an encounter with him. But then for a couple reasons, it felt like maybe we should leave those particles out there. In that original thing, he took Martin Donovan out and got the particles."
It's unclear whether Reed means that he actually has plans for why the particles should be kept out there, or whether it was simply a last minute decision of his to not wrap up the movie so neatly. So far, Ant-Man is slated to show up in Captain America 3, but beyond that there's currently no confirmation on an Ant-Man sequel to continue the story where it left off.
Yet Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige has already teased that while Wasp won't appear in Civil War, she will show up again in Phase 3. So perhaps it's just a matter of time before we see Wasp, Carson and those infamous particles again.
Ant-Man is now playing in theaters; Captain America: Civil War arrives on May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.