A new video shows how director Peyton Reed created the car chase scene in Ant-Man and The Wasp. Paul Rudd's size-altering superhero was conspicuous by his absence in Avengers: Infinity War, with a throwaway line confirming the character was on house arrest, but Scott Lang is set to return in a solo sequel in the first Marvel movie since Thanos' infamous finger snap. Lang won't be coming alone either, as following on from the first Ant-Man's post-credits scene, Evangeline Lilly will finally suit up as The Wasp.
One of the main selling points of Ant-Man is the character's ability to change his size at will, as well as to change the size of objects around him. In the first movie, this superpower allowed for scenes that were both impressive and hilarious in equal measure from the Thomas the Tank Engine attack to the briefcase fight sequence between Ant-Man and Yellowjacket set to the soundtrack of The Cure. The trailers released for Ant-Man and The Wasp have already showcased a number of intriguing new set-pieces for the sequel, perhaps the most notable being a car chase that involves a shrinking car.
A new video from Marvel Entertainment has shed some light on exactly how this spectacular effect was brought to life. In the behind-the-scenes segment of the video, Marvel Studios took a Hyundai Veloster that was presumably provided as part of a product placement deal and were allowed to make any modifications necessary. The main change was the addition of a shrinking lever over the dash screen, allowing Luis to go from tiny to regular size in seconds. The video also shows how the various shots of the scene were divided into on-set filming with car-mounted cameras and green-screen filming with actor Michael Peña.
Since the video doesn't provide too much in the way of technical specifics as to how the shrinking effect was made, the most interesting part for fans will likely be the footage itself. As Reed implies in the clip, the aim for the Ant-Man sequel was to amplify the elements that were well-received in the first movie and that aim certainly seems to have been accomplished judging by the material shown here. The popular Luis appears to have a more significant role this time around and Ant-Man looks set to continue its role as one of the more comical entries in the MCU while also providing a unique visual spectacle.
From the video's interview segments, it's clear that playing with scale was a key feature in the production of Ant-Man and the Wasp, nowhere more so than in the car chase sequence where manipulating scale provides both humor and a sense of awe. Constant advances in CGI technology may mean that filmmakers now have to work harder to impress movie fans with visual effects but Ant-Man and The Wasp's shrinking car looks set to be one of the most memorable Marvel set-pieces yet.
Source: Marvel Entertainment
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
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