Ant-Man's Costume Almost Looked A Lot Different

Because of the two dimensional and still medium of the comic book, a character’s look was the single most important aspect of their creation. This has led to the creation of some of the most iconic characters in the history of fiction. Now those unique looks are being translated to film, which gives a new artist the ability to add some of their own style to the costume while making sure that each character will still look like the one that fans remember. The visual development supervisor of Marvel Studios has been showing off some alternate designs for Ant-Man, and it’s an interesting peek into the design process.

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The most interesting aspect of this design by Marvel Studios artist Andy Park, is that it apparently had a mechanical port that opened and closed to expose Scott Lang’s mouth. While this would have made it easier to speak while wearing the mask it would probably also have looked incredibly goofy if he had actually done so on camera. The movie was meant to have a sense of humor, but this would have been more laughing at than laughing with. The suit is also missing the breathing tubes, which may have been this suit’s downfall. The creators have already stated that while the tubes were an obvious flaw from a combat standpoint, they justlooked too cool to not have. The second design is even more different than the final one we saw.

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Once again, we’re missing the breathing tubes but this version appears to have a permanently exposed mouth and nose. The helmet is also significantly less ant-like, with the bug eye holes and antennae replaced with a rounder helmet and larger sections of see-through glass. The color scheme has also been swapped. While it is still black and red, we get much more black and much less red than the final version, which you can compare below.

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Which Ant-Man costume do you prefer? Should the suit receive any upgrades in the future based on these designs?

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.