Ant-Man embraces his inner hero to save the world


In Ant-Man 2015 Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. In ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ see the suit worn in the film, the original comic cover by Jack Kirby of Ant-Man’s first appearance in Tales to Astonish 1959 #27 published 10 January 1962, and never-before-seen Ant-Man key frames. The Gallery of Modern Art’s Australian Cinémathèque also screens the film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

‘Did you think you could stop the future with a heist?’
‘It was never just a heist.’

Darren Cross and Scott Lang

Part-heist thriller with requisite infiltration montages, and part-miniaturised human caper, Ant-Man finds cat burglar Scott Lang struggling to reconnect with his daughter and make ends meet after three years in prison. He gets the crew together for one last job — the prize of which turns out to be the original Ant-Man suit of Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Pym himself has returned to his company from self-imposed exile to discover protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) reviving technology which reduces humans to ant size, at the same time as vastly magnifying their strength – but now Cross wants to sell his version of the technology to Hydra.

The subatomic finale — naturally a route the hero is warned against taking — is a counterpoint to the pan-galactic expanse seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. With Ant-Man, the Universe is extended to the extremes of both dimensions. Directed by Peyton Reed.

Production still of Ant-Man 2015 / Director: Peyton Reed / © 2017 MARVEL / © The Walt Disney Company (Australia) Pty Limited / Screening at GOMA on 27 August 2017.
Installation view of Ant-Man in the ‘Alternate dimensions’ room, ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA

Ant-Man costume


Go behind the scenes to experience more than 500 unique objects seen in your favourite films, including iconic objects which offer a glimpse into the work of production designers, storyboarding and pre‑visualisation artists, costume and prop designers, and visual effects artists alongside the original comic books which introduced the characters and influenced the films.

Andrew Kim / Prison escape / Keyframe for Ant-Man 2015 / © 2017 MARVEL
Andrew Kim / Flying with Ant-thony / Keyframe for Ant-Man 2015 / © 2017 MARVEL


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Film notes by Dan Cameron
Feature image: Installation view of Ant-Man in the ‘Alternate dimensions’ room, ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA