This year’s Captain America: Civil War was a massive success with audiences, with some claiming it’s one of the very best this Marvel Cinematic Universe had to offer. The film had a lot of heart to a story that certainly felt Captain America based. However, when fan’s heard how many characters were going to play in Civil War, some felt that it would overshadow the title character. Fortunately that wasn’t the case, as the Russo brothers once again crafted a fantastic and fun superhero film.
Early Concept Art Shows Ant-Man on Team Iron Man
Recent concept art released by Visual Development Supervisor Andy Park, gives us a brief look at Captain America taking on Ant-Man who eventually turns into Giant-Man. Park is no stranger with crafting some tremendous concept art for Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as Ant-Man and of course this year’s Captain America: Civil War.
This concept art shows Cap taking on the large behemoth utilizing his trusty shield to knock Giant-Man down. Cap doesn’t look too happy, as this scene would have played out very differently in the movie.
With most of the Avenger’s capable of flight on Team Iron Man (Iron-Man/War Machine/Vision) and one with an Infinity Stone (Vision), it seemed destined that Iron Man’s team would run away with a victory. Having had Ant-Man on their side would have things even more difficult for Cap and his allies. However, it wasn’t meant to be as Ant-Man was the reason Cap and Bucky were able to escape at the end.
Why Having Ant-Man on Iron Man’s Team Wouldn’t Have Made Sense
Though Ant-Man was on Team Iron Man in the original Civil War comic book series, the Marvel Cinematic Universe however plays out much differently. Ant-Man’s solo film which debuted in 2015, began with S.H.I.E.L.D. speaking to the original Ant-Man (Hank Pym) in reference to his Pym particles. Pym refused to hand over all his research and technology to S.H.I.E.L.D., knowing that his work could eventually end up in the wrong hands. Tony’s father Howard Stark begged Pym to allow them access to his Pym particles which of course Pym didn’t allow.
In the film Ant-Man, Hank makes many references to the Stark family having created many weapons of mass destruction while also mentioning the city of Sokovia having floated in the sky. As we’ve seen, Tony has been responsible for quite a few hiccups during his tenure as an Avenger. Since Scott Lang learned all of this knowledge through Hank, it wouldn’t make sense to see Scott fight on Tony’s side considering Scott agrees with Hank’s viewpoints. Scott also falls in love with his daughter Hope and forms a bond with his mentor Hank who allows him to use his suit for good.
Giant-Man Was The Unsung Hero In ‘Captain America: Civil War’
Ant-Man’s role in Captain America: Civil War was certainly LARGER than we anticipated. In fact, Giant-Man’s scene easily stole the show as he played a BIG role in helping Cap’s Team escape. Ok, I promise I’m done with the Giant Man puns!
Though the battle could be viewed as sort of draw, if it wasn’t for Giant-Man’s help, Cap’s team would not have gotten the job done. Giant-Man was a force to be reckoned with as his scene came literally out of nowhere. Even Iron Man’s reaction was absolutely hilarious when he proclaimed, “Anybody on our side hiding any shocking, or fantastic abilities they’d like to disclose?”
Giant-Man was mostly used as a diversion which allowed Cap and Bucky to escape on a jet. Afterall, that was the plan all along. Giant-Man added some much needed humor to the film with one part referencing a major blockbuster franchise. Fans of the comics had to be pleased knowing that the Russo brothers were able to pull off something off this spectacular. Without Giant-Man, I think it’s safe to say that Cap’s Team would have failed in their mission and would have all been sent to prison at the Raft.
How His Assistance Actually Saved The Avengers And Possibly The Entire World
At the end of Captain America: Civil War, we saw that Captain America singlehandely broke his friends out of the Raft prison, thus forming the Secret Avengers. The original Avengers team is no more, as the government is now out to get them. Thanks in part to Ant-Man’s help, these events were possible.
Had Ant-Man not allowed Cap and Bucky to escape in the jet, Zemo would have succeeded in his plan. His goal was to tear the Avengers apart (which he sort of did), but if Cap and Bucky were stuck in jail no one would have learned about Zemo’s ultimate plan and nobody would have stopped him.
This ultimately would have led to further problems down the road. We know of a certain someone knocking on Earth’s door who’s about to bring a lot of pain to our heroes. Yes, I’m talking about Thanos. If the Avengers were all locked up and had to abide by the rules of the Sokovia Accords, then they would have bigger problems once Thanos arrives. The last thing the government should worry about is keeping the Avengers in check.
Narratively, it made sense to have Ant-Man on Captain America’s team. Ant-Man’s screen time wasn’t that long, but his part played a significant role in the story.
It’s also safe to say that his deed left a bigger impression on the future of the Avengers as a whole. With Thanos about to arrive, it’s hopeful that the Avengers could create a plan to stop him for good. At least they don’t have to worry about the government no longer interfering.
With Avengers: Infinity War about to kick off, it’s only a matter of time before we see Ant-Man (or Giant-Man) reprise his role. An Ant-Man sequel titled Ant-Man and the Wasp is already slated for a July 6, 2018 release date.
Would you have wanted to see Ant-Man on Team Iron Man? How do you think that could have played out? I’d love to hear what you all have to say in the comments below!