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  • This movie was announced three months after Ant-Man (2015) was released and, due to Marvel's packed Phase Three lineup, they had to move the release dates of Black Panther (2018) and Captain Marvel (2019).
  • For the role of Janet van Dyne, Evangeline Lilly (Janet's daughter, Hope) had Michelle Pfeiffer on her wish list to play Janet, and Michael Douglas (Janet's husband, Hank) had expressed the desire to have his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones play Janet.
  • This film replaced Marvel's Captain Marvel (2019) in the July 6, 2018, release date originally marked by Marvel Studios.
  • This film is Chapter Eight of Phase Three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • This was the twentieth film to be released by Marvel Studios for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Hannah John-Kamen is the seventh Game of Thrones (2011) actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick in Iron Fist (2017), Iwan Rheon in Inhumans (2017), Peter Dinklage in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Natalie Dormer and David Bradley in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
  • This was Michelle Pfeiffer's second comic book movie; the other was Batman Returns (1992) in which she played Catwoman. Her Batman co-star, Michael Keaton, played Adrian Toomes/Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), which was also part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Michael Keaton's real name is Michael Douglas
  • This is Laurence Fishburne's third comic-book series after Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) in which he voiced the Surfer, and the DC Extended Universe films, in which he plays Perry White.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd played lovers in I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007). In this film, she played his girlfriend's mother.
  • Sharon Stone was considered for the role of Janet Van Dyne.
  • This is Michelle Pfeiffer's third appearance in a movie that was a sequel, following Grease 2 (1982) and Batman Returns (1992). Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) is the fourth sequel for her.
  • The second time that an Ant-Man film will be played in theaters as a direct follow-up to an Avengers film, which is Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Ant-Man (2015) was released months after Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
  • Ant Man and the Wasp is the second MCU film produced in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio to be a sequel to an original MCU film produced in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio following Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), although this film has shifting aspect ratios in IMAX which closely matches the said aspect ratio of its predecessor.
  • In the trailer's soundtrack, the higher pitch guitar chords that repeat are the riffs from a song named "Ants Invasion" by Adam and the Ants.
  • Director Peyton Reed stated in a recent interview that he went back and re-watched all of Michelle Pfeiffer's past movies just prior to working with her.
  • In the comics, the Ghost has never fought Ant-Man.
  • This marks the second MCU film after Thor: Ragnarok (2017) to have a female as the leading antagonist. However, in the comic books, the Ghost was male.
  • The Wasp becomes the second superhero title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be passed from parent to child. The first was Black Panther (2018).
  • The film's title is not shown on screen until the ending credits.
  • The character Kurt refers to the witch "Baba Yaga" of Russian folklore. This same reference is made in John Wick (2014), the second installment of which also features actor Laurence Fishburne.
  • Laurence Fishburne plays Dr. Hank Pym's rival colleague Bill Foster, who in the comics was the African-American superhero, Black Goliath. Michael Douglas who plays Dr. Hank Pym played a character named Bill Foster in the movie Falling Down (1993).
  • The playing cards that Scott uses in the film are blue-backed Monarchs by theory11.
  • (Cameo) Stan Lee: (at around 1h 21 minutes) When Wasp is firing shrinking disks at her pursuers, she accidentally shrinks the Ant-Man co-creator's car; Stan then says in response, "The 60s were fun, but now I'm paying for it" (thinking he's having an "acid flashback" - hallucinating from the drugs he used to use). Ironically, during the 60s, Stan was a huge opponent of recreational drugs, and even published such anti-drug messages within his comic books.
  • This is the second superhero movie based on Marvel property debuting in 2018 wherein the main actor (in this case, Paul Rudd) also has a writing credit. The first was Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2 (2018).
  • Most of the shrunken cars seen inside the Hot Wheels Rally Case are not Hot Wheels made. Specifically, the purple Hyundai Veloster was actually a scaled car from Tomica Die-Cast.
  • Langston Fishburne, Laurence Fishburne's son, played the younger version of his character, Dr. Bill Foster.
  • The trailer contains a scene where Ant-Man and the Wasp bicker about who is going to "go low" and who is going to "go high" when confronting the bad guys. The Wasp argues that she should be the one to "go high" since she has wings. This scene does not appear in the theatrical version of the film.
  • The laboratory incorporates elements of various scales and was obviously enhanced when at various scales. Examples of this include an enormous battery and electric guitar volume knob and the like, with most everything else at human scale. The wheels and tote handle were obviously installed when the building was at the smaller size then, as with the battery and knob, expanded along with the building.
  • (at around 32 minutes) Scott grumbles that just wearing a hat and sunglasses does not conceal your identity. This has been a running joke among fans, since several MCU characters have used this technique including: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch, Nick Fury and Falcon. It's also a common joke among DC fans, in regards to Clark Kent's (Superman's) rather flimsy disguise of nothing but glasses.
  • The alien-looking organisms in the microscopic realm (on the way to the quantum realm) are water bears (tardigrades), which have been found in the most extreme environments on Earth including hot springs, glaciers, the top of the Himalayas and deep sea trenches. They can go dormant without food or water for decades and survive incredible temperatures, pressures, radiation, toxicity, and even several days in space.
  • Peyton Reed was inspired by the films After Hours (1985), Midnight Run (1988) and What's Up, Doc? (1972) for the look and feel of Ant-Man and the Wasp. While Ant-Man (2015) was more of a heist film, Reed described this as part action film, part romantic comedy, and wanted this one "to be a little more of like an Elmore Leonard vibe where we have villains, but we also have antagonists, and we have these roadblocks to our heroes getting to where they need to be, and getting what they need for this mission." Regarding the opportunity for character development, Reed used the actions of Lang in Captain America: Civil War (2016) to fuel potential tension between him, Pym, and Van Dyne since Pym is "very clear in the first movie about how he feels about Stark and how he feels about The Avengers and being very protective of this technology that he has."
  • At the start of November 2016, Peyton Reed said that the film's production would transition from "the writing phase" to "official prep" that month, beginning with visual development. Reed reiterated his excitement for introducing the Wasp and "really designing her look, the way she moves, the power set, and figuring out, sort of, who Hope van Dyne is as a hero". He also talked about sharing characters with other MCU films, stating his disappointment in the Giant-Man introduction happening in Captain America: Civil War (2016), rather than an Ant-Man film. Reed added that he spends "a lot of time" talking with the other writers and directors of MCU films, and that he and the writers on this film wished to maintain "our little Ant-Man corner of the universe. Because it's a whole different vibe tonally".
  • Filmed under the working title 'Cherry Blue'.
  • Filmed with Arri Alexa 65 cameras, with some sequences being shot with a Frazier lens.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne both appeared in DC Universe movies. Pfeiffer was in Batman Returns (1992) while Fishburne was in Man of Steel (2013) and the follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Actor Randall Park also shares the MCU and the DCEU, by starring as Agent Jimmy Woo in this movie and going to play Dr. Stephen Shin in DCs upcoming Aquaman (2018). Another actor sharing the MCU and a DC series is Michael Cerveris, who appears as Elihas Starr in this movie and plays Professor Pyg in Gotham (2014).
  • First movie collaboration for Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Douglas, who, despite both having careers that span more than three decades, have never worked directly together. The same is true for either Douglas or Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne.
  • Laurence Fishburne and Walton Goggins also both acted in Predators (2010).
  • (at around 32 mins) In one scene in the movie, Hank Pym wears a San Francisco Giants baseball cap. Michael Douglas once starred in the cop drama The Streets of San Francisco (1972).
  • Walton Goggins and Michael Peña previously acted together in the TV show The Shield (2002) as detective partners.
  • (Cameo) Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker: hosts of On Cinema (2012) have cameos in both Ant-Man films. Turkington as Dale from Baskin-Robbins & Heidecker as Whale Boat Captain Daniel Gooobler.
  • Ghost is male in the original comics and part of Iron-Man's rogues gallery, never actually crossing paths with Ant-Man. His powers also come from his suit rather than the Quantum Realm. He eventually became an anti-hero after joining a team of superhumans called The Thunderbolts.
  • Laurence Fishburne is the third actor from The Matrix (1999) to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith, Red Skull) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity, Jeri Hogarth).
  • Hope's Wasp costume has bits of red on it along with the yellow/gold and black, unlike the contemporary Janet Van Dyne Wasp costume it was patterned after, as a reference to Janet's original red Silver Age Wasp costume and Hope's Red Queen costume in her initial 2000s Alternate Universe comic's appearances.
  • Ghost's costume is based on the character's modern design from Thunderbolts, but still incorporates the hood that was part of the original outfit back in The '80s. Incidentally, the final look bears more than a passing resemblance to the "hunter" character class in Bungie's hit videogames Destiny 1 & 2.
  • The metal suit that Hank wears when meeting Janet in the Quantum Realm resembles his comic counterpart's Goliath costume right down to the "Y"-shaped symbol on the chest.
  • Agent Jimmy Woo actually has a long history in the comics -- the original character dates all the way back to The Yellow Claw in 1957, a short-lived series (only four issues) featuring a Fu Manchu Expy as the titular villain and, much more unusual for the time, a Chinese-American lead in FBI Agent Jimmy Woo... who would later return as a high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and eventual team leader in the not-quite-as-short-lived Agents Of ATLAS.
  • Early on there's a brief clip from The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957).
  • Janet van Dyne is typically known for being exceptionally short-statured in her normal size, standing between 5'2" to 5'4" Depending on the Writer, as well as having dark hair. Michelle Pfeiffer is quite a bit taller, standing at 5'8", and is usually blonde. Hayley Lovitt, who plays Janet in her younger form, is a bit closer in appearance to Janet at least, while also looking uncannily like a younger Pfeiffer.
  • Hannah John-Kamen has stated she loved playing Ghost, and in fact would be open to reprising her again in a Thunderbolts movie.
  • Evangeline Lilly shared the first publicity still of Hope as Wasp on the 100th birthday of Janet's co-creator, Jack Kirby.
  • Regarding the film itself, it is the 20th entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film also marks the 55th anniversary of the first appearance of The Wasp back in June 1963.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer takes over from Hayley Lovitt, who briefly played Janet in a silent cameo during the first film. Justified as Lovitt had played a younger version of Janet whose face was always covered in the first film, while Pfeiffer gets to play her in her aged appearance and have her face shown for the first time. Funnily enough, Lovitt looks uncannily like a younger Pfeiffer. Lovitt is still Janet's young body double.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer agreed to appear in the movie because she is a fan of the first Ant-Man (2015).
  • Hannah John-Kamen and Walton Goggins were in Tomb Raider (2018), which premiered just a few months prior to this film.
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp is the first MCU film since Thor: The Dark World (2013) to not receive its own wave of Marvel Legends figures from Hasbro, likely due to lackluster sales of merchandise from the first movie. While Scott and Hope were instead included in the second Avengers: Infinity War (2018) wave, Ghost didn't get a figure, which is especially noticeable since her cool design would translate to a toy rather easily.
  • (at around 13 minutes) Near the beginning, Scott is shown watching National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), early discussions of the quantum realm led Peyton Reed to remember the scene from that film which features characters discussing similar ideas, so happily he was able to license a clip from Universal.
  • Paul Rudd really did learn close up magic for this movie. "I really did learn some of the magic. I haven't really kept it up. But then again, trying to learn to be really good at magic in a short amount of time is like trying to learn violin in a short amount of time."
  • Ghost was a baseline human in the comics who got his powers from the suit. The MCU version is an enhanced human who got her powers from an accident; the suit helps her manage them. Janet van Dyne is a complex example of the trope. In the comics she is a baseline human who later got additional abilities to shoot bio-energy blasts, but here is a baseline human who derives her powers from the suit. Initially, at least. Her time in the Quantum Realm has given her additional powers that she cited as being "evolution".
  • One of the last things Scott is seen doing in Captain America: Civil War (2016) is patting on a stool like a bongo drum when in his cell. Clearly a drum kit was the next logical step.
  • Scott helps the Pyms break out of FBI custody (even providing Hope her suit and Hank an FBI uniform), a reversal of roles from the first movie when Hank breaks Scott out of police custody.
  • One of the movie's writers has stated that he believes Norman Osborn aka The Green Goblin, to be Sonny Burch's employer.
  • The word "quantum" is spoken 22 times in Ant-Man and the Wasp (including the post-credit scenes).
  • Bobby Cannavale previously starred opposite Karen Gillan in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017). Karen Gillan plays Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • (at around 1h 45 mins) The movie they're watching on the laptop at the "drive-in theater" is Them! (1954), the classic sci-fi flick in which nuclear testing creates giant ants.
  • The flashback exterior shot of the Pym house that opens the film, was originally filmed for the first movie.
  • Lola VFX was responsible for the "young-ification", of Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, and the modification of Langston Fishburne to resemble his father, Laurence Fishburne.
  • The flashback in the first film to Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) on the missile never showed her face, but Peyton Reed told the casting and visual effects departments responsible for the barely visible eyes behind her mask that he wanted it to resemble Pfeiffer. "Michelle was always my dream casting for that role, and that was even before we knew we'd be making a second movie."
  • This is basically a follow-up to both Ant-Man (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). When Peyton Reed first saw the latter his first thought was, "Ugh Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is gonna be pissed off and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) is gonna feel betrayed!" This gave him an "in" for the starting dynamic between Scott Lang (Paul Rudd).
  • Films like After Hours (1985) and Midnight Run (1988) were looked at for inspiration as movies "with strong ticking clocks."
  • The idea that Scott had some kind of encounter with Janet while in the quantum realm was suggested in the first film by way of a brief glimpse of a reflection on his helmet. It's unclear as to whether it's an angel, a blob, or Janet, but here it's confirmed that it was actually her.
  • They used Elmore Leonard novels, as an inspiration in the sense that while a main antagonist exists they would also have various smaller-level antagonists and threats too.
  • Director Peyton Reed's biggest mandate regarding visual effects was, "photo-realism."
  • The lab and quantum tunnel set, strongly inspired by Irwin Allen's The Time Tunnel (1966), is the largest physical set that's ever been built for any of the MCU films. "It's a little counter-intuitive."
  • Peyton Reed promised Michael Douglas that he wouldn't be "just a walking exposition machine" this time around.
  • They worked hard to ensure that Scott was more than just a bumbling idiot and Hope was more than just the tough, serious one. "You have to understand that while the Wasp is probably the more powerful of the two, that Scott Lang is still formidable."
  • (at around 56 mins) They knew they wanted to feature another scene with Luis (Michael Peña) riffing a long story again but didn't want to repeat themselves. The idea of pitting him against Walton Goggins' villainous Sonny Burch and a truth serum, though, gave them a way into the scene.
  • They weren't sure at first how to get across the ideas of quantum entanglement, but it came clear once they struck on the idea of Scott and Janet basically doing an All of Me (1984) - Lily Tomlin is trapped in Steve Martin's body with Steve Martin. They had discussed having Michelle Pfeiffer perform the scene then have Paul Rudd copy her, but everyone agreed that Rudd would be better simply creating it wholesale.
  • Peyton Reed insisted the film clock in under two hours, for two reasons. "I knew we were going to be following Infinity War which was going to be this massive, massive epic, but most importantly just because this is a comedy, and it's an action/comedy, and it didn't want to overstay its welcome."
  • The car chase is influenced and inspired by the likes of Bullitt (1968), The Streets of San Francisco (1972), What's Up, Doc? (1972), and The Raid 2 (2014).
  • Discussions about where to take the third act included the possibility of quantum creatures coming through the tunnel and pouring out into San Francisco, but Peyton Reed wasn't interested. "That kind of stuff felt to me like we've seen this a million times."
  • They considered doing the end credits in the form of a fake behind-the-scenes documentary designed like they were filming a Godzilla movie from the 50s "with people in suits stomping on model cityscapes." That shifted into a table-top version of the film's action.
  • Walton Goggins (Sonny Burch) co-starred in the The Shield (2002) with Michael Chiklis (Marvel's Fantastic Four Superhero Benjamin Grimm/the Thing).
  • The name of Luis and Scott's fledgling security company, "X-CON", is a pun on the fact that they are both ex-convicts, or "ex-cons" for short.
  • In the comics, Elihas Starr is the Ant-Man villain known as Egghead. He does somewhat resemble Egghead in the movie as he is a bald, middle-aged man, but the comics Egghead actually had an egg-shaped head. His comic counterpart has no relation to the comics Ghost who is a male villain of Iron Man.
  • In this film, Laurence Fishburne plays Dr. William Foster. In Replicas (2018) his co-star from The Matrix and John Wick franchises, Keanu Reeves, plays a character named Dr. William Foster as well.
  • Hannah John-Kamen has hinted that her character could make a return to the MCU. While promoting Netflix's new series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019), the actress was asked if a return for her MCU character is a possibility. Speaking to Yahoo Movies UK, she said: "In the MCU, you have to sign your contract with blood and they stitch your mouth together. All I can say is that Ghost didn't die."
  • Despite many audience members presuming it was a joke, British singer Morrissey is in fact extremely popular among Mexican-Americans of all ages.
  • When Foster sees the ants all over the machinery, he says "it's them!" He is referring to Pym and his associates, but 'Them!' is also the title of a classic horror movie featuring giant ants. It's the movie Scott, Hope and Cassie are watching at the "drive-in" at the end of the film.
  • Ant-Man is the only other on-screen super hero other than Iron Man to have wardrobe malfunctions while in action. Tony Stark's central suit in Iron Man 3 was constantly breaking down while Scott's suit was having trouble with the upgrade.
  • Technically there were two Marvel movies released in 2018 that featured San Francisco. Ant-Man and the Wasp and Venom both take place there. Venom was one of the first Marvel movies to be released outside of the MCU, making the time gap between Venom and Spiderman 3 by eleven years.
  • Michael Douglas played a character named William Foster in Falling Down (1993).

Spoilers

  • In the comics, the Ghost and Sonny Burch were primarily enemies of Iron Man.
  • The film's mid credits scene shows that Hank, Hope and Janet were snapped by Thanos, leaving Scott trapped in the Quantum Realm. This implies that the film is an interquel, taking place during the events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
  • The mid-credits scene takes place at the same time as Avengers: Infinity War (2018), showing the implications of Thanos' actions. The majority of the film prior to that, however, takes place several days earlier (possibly weeks): it stands to reason that the final montage, showing Hank and Janet as well as Scott and Hope rekindling their relationships, takes place over at least a few days (not to mention Hank and Janet needing some time to build a miniature quantum tunnel).
  • In the film, the father of Ghost is revealed to be Elihas Starr. In the comics, Starr is the villain known as Egghead, an evil scientific genius and archenemy of Ant-Man (Hank Pym.)
  • (at around 1h 9 minutes) Cassie says she wants to be Scott's partner. In the comics, she became a size changing superhero, using the name Stature, who joined the Young Avengers after her father's death.
  • In the trailer Scott grows in size in front of a boat full of people and announces, "ME EAT PEOPLE!" to frighten them, but this scene isn't in the final film. Cassie telling Scott, "I wanna fight bad guys like you!" doesn't happen, although the other line about her dad needing a partner when on hero business is left in. The "I have wings, why would I go low?" exchange between Scott and Hope was also not included in the theatrical release.
  • The Ghost isn't evil, just desperate -- her powers are killing her and she just wants to survive. Likewise, her father, Elihas Starr, a.k.a. Egghead, is not a good person by any stretch in the comics, but his only scene in the film is dedicated to him trying to save his wife and daughter.
  • Scott grows 166 ft., near the end when he's in front of the ferry in the water, surpassing Bill Foster's record of 25 ft. Prior to meeting Foster, Scott had already grown over 60 feet by that point in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
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