Now that Marvel legend Stan Lee is no more, director Peyton Reed recently revealed his experience of working with Lee on Ant-Man and Ant-Man & the Wasp.
During a Q&A session with Collider’s Steve Weintraub, Reed said getting an opportunity to work with the late Stan Lee in his two Ant-Man movies was like a dream come true for him.
“To finally get to work with him on the Ant-Man movie, that was a dream come true,” Reed said. “On the first day, I actually got to have a great conversation with him about the conversations he had to have with artists all the time about putting something in the frame that tells you about the scale of Ant-Man. And low angles are going to be your friend and all these sort of rules he had in his head to tell whoever it was going to be like Jack Kirby or Don Hecker or whatever artist was drawing at the time.”
Peyton Reed went on to explain how Lee and he faced the same issues with Ant-Man while writing and filming the Marvel character. He explained that Lee always asked his comic book artists to pay attention to Ant-Man’s shrunken state when drawing the character so that it looked as normal sized as the other heroes on the page. Reed revealed that he also faced a similar type of issues while filming the character for the big screen.
“I said we have the same issues in this movie with visual effects,” Reed continued. “If you’re doing a medium shot on Ant-Man when he’s shrunk, he no longer feels tiny. He feels normal. So all those issues he dealt with in the comic panels, we were dealing with in sort of a moving, visual, more sophisticated way but they were the same exact issues.”
Reed said Lee had a big influence on him and he will continue to miss him.
“I love Stan Lee and he was a huge influence on me. I will miss him,” the Ant-Man & the Wasp director said.
Marvel comic book writer and superhero creator Stan Lee had appeared in a cameo role in almost all Marvel Cinematic Universe films starting from 2008’s Iron Man to 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, prior to his death on November 12, 2018. Fortunately, fans will also get to see Lee for one more time in Avengers: Endgame, which will release in theaters on April 26, 2019.
Ant-Man & the Wasp is currently available digitally as well as on home media.
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