Warning: this post contains SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War.
With so many superheroes on the roster, it can be difficult to pick a favorite from Captain America: Civil War. However, many viewers are probably in agreement that Ant-Man had the most spectacular, memorable scene of any hero.
During the film’s airport battle, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) literally goes big when he transforms himself into Giant-Man, a towering version of himself that takes all of Team Iron Man to take down. It’s such a surprising reveal that many fans have probably questioned why such a moment wasn’t saved for the upcoming sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, but as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige tells io9, it just felt like the right moment to include the scene in Civil War.
“It was just a great idea to turn the tide of the battle in a huge, shocking, unexpected way,” said Feige. “We have a lot of ideas for Ant-Man 2, none of which are contingent upon revealing Giant-Man, so we thought this would be the fun, unbelievable, unexpected way to do that.”
Although Feige sounds supportive of the decision now, Civil War screenwriters Chrisopher Markus and Stephen McFeely actually had a bit of a struggle trying to get the scene into the film.
“The brothers [directors Joe and Anthony Russo] had to fight for it.” Mcfeely said. “They had to go to the studio and say, ‘No it’s not silly, it’s cool.'”
“Some people are like ‘What does Ant-Man do in a big fight? Well, he can become the most powerful thing,” adds Markus. “It will be awesome and it is a literal escalation of the fight.”
While some viewers were likely put off by the ridiculousness of the Giant-Man scene, at the end of the day, Civil War is still a comic book movie, a point that McFeely makes sure to hammer home.
“In the grounded Winter Soldier, it’s Three Days of the Condor except in the middle there’s a talking robot that tells you HYDRA has been there the whole time. And a lot of people went, ‘That’s a little much.’ No, it’s a comic book movie! That’s okay. Same thing here, except it’s Giant-Man.’
Another bonus to including the Giant-Man scene? They got to make a Star Wars reference. “We knew if we got Spidey we could have him do the AT-AT thing,” said Feige. However, McFeely wasn’t so confident that a reference to The Empire Strikes Back would go over so well.
“The brothers really wanted to put it in there,” said McFeely. “We get a little queasy about referencing other movies. They don’t, and they were right.”
Given that the Giant-Man sequence and Spider-Man’s Star Wars quip are two of Civil War’s most hilariously entertaining moments, we’d say Marvel made the right call in letting them make the cut.