ANT-MAN Director Peyton Reed Talks Pre and Post-Credit Scenes

Director Peyton Reed talks pre and post-credit scenes from the newly released Ant-Man

It seems people still don’t want to be bothered to wait until after the credits to leave the theater, even if it’s a Marvel movie. But that’s okay. For those who stayed during Ant-Man, they got to see one pre-credits scene, and then a post-credits scene. And Entertainment Weekly spoke briefly with director Peyton Reed about those scenes.

*Mild spoilers* Don’t worry, they don’t detail what exactly is going on in the post-credits scene, but they do talk about the pre-credits scene. If you haven’t seen the movie, you may want to wait until you do.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you direct both scenes?
PEYTON REED: No. I only directed the first one, which is the scene between Hank and Hope, where he finally shows her the Wasp suit. That was always a part of the movie. It really is the completion of Hope’s arc in the Ant-Man movie. It was important to me and the movie to have Hope’s arc be every bit as important as Scott Lang’s arc in the movie. It’s really her story as well. From the beginning, she’s got some real issues with ther father that need to be dealt with. It’s the completion of her dealing with that and becoming a hero. That was something that we shot in principal photograqphy that always was a core part of the Ant-Man movie. Wasp is such an important character in the whole mythology of Ant-Man, whether it’s the original Janet van Dyne or the Hope version of Wasp.


What can you tell us about the second scene?
We always planned to have a second tag at the end of the credits roll. We actually cut some tags—most of them were comedic tags. I think we cut some things with Michael Peña’s Luis character and Rudd’s Scott Lang. They were mostly going to be these non sequitur comedic tags. But once we had our movie cut, and the whole subplot with the Falcon and Ant-Man crossing paths, the dailies from Captain America: Civil War started to come in, which is of course directed by the Russo brothers. And I was badgering Kevin (Feige, Marvel Studios president). I said “I want to see some of the dailies with Paul as Ant-Man. I was actually jealous that Ant-Man was even going to appear in another movie. [Laughs] So, I was dying to see it and I did see that footage and it’s incredible. And then, separate of that, when the dailies came in for the scene which is now the second tag, there was a moment that seemed to really complete the arc in our movie. We know, at the end of the movie, that Falcon is looking for Ant-Man, so now it really made sense to tease Civil War and to tease Ant-Man’s part in Civil War by having that scene with Captain America and Falcon.

We really wanted to do something that, at the end of that tag, we could throw up a title that said “Ant-Man will return.” In true Bond movie fashion, you know that he’s going to be back. Those were dailies from Civil War that we cut into a very succinct tag, just to kind of show the audience the progression. They know the Falcon is looking for Ant-Man for some reason at the end of our movie, we don’t know why. And then that second tag sort of gives a slight [bit of] more information about the situation that Captain America and Falcon find themselves in. It really is just meant to tease the fact that Ant-Man is in some way or another going to end up with these other characters. So, that’s how that came about.

To read the full interview, go here.

Ant-Man is out in theaters now.  Go watch!

By Nat, the Geek Girl

Southern California native who likes movies, books (Shadowhunter Chronicles, NA, YA fantasy, Red Rising series), TV shows (The Sandman), and San Diego Comic-Con. I also like to write, but don't get to do much of that aside from on here. I fell into the BTS rabbit hole, and I refuse to leave.