‘Ant-Man’ Director Reveals the Film’s Alternate Ending

By July 21, 2015

Marvel’s Ant-Man had more trouble making its way to the big screen than almost any other film to come from the studio. After losing its original director with Edgar Wright, to having several different script revisions, audiences and fans definitely went into the film with more questions than they may have liked. However, the reception to the film has been positive for the most part, with some even going so far as to cite it as one of Marvel’s best outings to date.


The film was one of the most well-integrated into the universe as well, as audiences not only go to see the introduction of a new superhero, but also a fight between him and an already established Avenger with Anthony Mackie’s Falcon. There was also the inclusion of Hydra in the film, as Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) threatens to sell his Yellowjacket particles to the antagonist operation, led in the film by Martin Donovan’s Mitchell Carson.

Now, those who play close attention to the film will notice that Carson does in fact get his hands on the Yellowjacket particles, before making his escape away from the rest of the fighting and action. The audience doesn’t see Carson for the rest of the film, and it is implied that Hydra does in fact, now have their hands on the Yellowjacket technology — making them an even more dangerous foe to the Marvel heroes.

While some might have called foul and criticized the storyline as being a loose end, director Peyton Reed recently revealed to Cinema Blend that having Carson get away was done on purpose, and the original ending for the film even featured Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) confronting him. Check out his full quote below:

“At the end of the movie [Carson] gets away and has these Cross particles, and there was a sequence where Ant-Man has an encounter with him. But then for a couple reasons, it felt like maybe we should leave those particles out there. In that original thing, he took Martin Donovan out and got the particles.”

It certainly would have been interesting to see Scott go after a Hydra agent on his own, but it makes sense, from a world-building perspective, to have Carson get away. Not only does it set up new ways for Hydra to take out the Avengers, but it also becomes a promise to the fans that we haven’t seen the last of the villainous organization.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable