Superhero and supervillain costumes may look crazy cool on the big screen, but in reality they aren't always the most fun outfits to wear. After all, they are generally made of heavy, form-fitting materials, making them particularly difficult to don during the filming of intense action sequences. There certainly have been many advancements over the years, but as I learned recently talking with Ant-Man And The Wasp's Hannah John-Kamen, they still aren't the most comfortable get-ups you can wear in the making of a movie:
[Sarcastically] Oh, so comfy. I was freezing all the time - I was so cold in that suit. [laughs] To be fair, actually, there were two extremes. I was actually really cold, because the air conditioning is on in the studio and everyone is walking around with coats and all these scarves. Or it's ridiculously hot, and it's like, 'Okay, we need to put the cold tube back up my costume and let the cold water do its thing,' and wear cold suits underneath. So yeah, that was always a challenge, but, you know, hey-ho.
Ant-Man And The Wasp was filmed down in Atlanta, Georgia in late summer -- a seasonal location not exactly known for being super comfortable in general -- and apparently the conditions weren't exactly optimal for walking around a set in a head-to-toe comic book-inspired costume. Hannah John-Kamen did have the benefit of some important technological developments in the wardrobe world, as costumes these days are built with special cooling systems that circulate cold water to keep the wearer cool, but all the same the scenario wasn't exactly wholly ideal.
I sat down with Hannah John-Kamen during the Los Angeles press day for Ant-Man And The Wasp late last month, and the subject of her costume was the last topic we broached on before the end of the interview. At the very least Ghost's costume is white, so she wasn't quite the sun magnet that, say, Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther was in the making of Captain America: Civil War, but still it's not the greatest idea to be walking around covered in a costume that not only has a mask, but a hood as well. Thankfully, the whole thing worked out because the phasing character really does look badass.
You can watch Hannah John-Kamen talk about her experience in the Ghost costume by clicking play on the video below:
In addition to Hannah John-Kamen, Ant-Man And The Wasp brings together a fantastic ensemble -- including Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Walton Goggins, Randall Park, and Lawrence Fishburne -- and arrives in theaters nationwide at the end of this week. Like Giant Man, the expectations for Marvel's 20th big screen release are huge, so check it out, and then head back here to CinemaBlend for a whole lot more of our coverage.