Ant-Man: Werner Herzog was Supposed to be a Giant Talking Ant in Quantumania
Published 3 weeks ago
With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness not really delivering on the ‘Madness’ part of the title, fans thought that things would at least get a little weirder for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. As it turns out, there were some pretty odd concepts that were left on the cutting room floor, and they involved filmmaker Werner Herzog.
Talking to Nerdist, Quantumania writer Jeff Loveness talked about the ideas that didn’t manage to make the final cut of the movie. When asked if anything ‘too weird’ didn’t make it to the film, Loveness replied:
Oh yes, many. The one that comes to mind is that Probability Storm sequence. It was a little longer, originally. More psychological, too. I was going to have an almost Stan Winston Studio, Cronenberg man-sized ant voiced by Werner Herzog that was inside Scott’s mind.
Take note, Loveness had written for Rick and Morty (specifically the Vat of Acid episode among other), so you can have an idea of just how crazy his concepts would have gotten in the probability storm. He says Werzog’s giant ant would torment Scott during the sequence. He continues:
It was like, “All men are ants but these ants are not men.” Just sh*tting on his soul, how weak he is. And calling him father, like a creature in The Island of Dr. Moreau. There was very weird stuff. Broccoli guy and Holes guy [Veb] are pretty tame compared to what got cut.
Admittedly, Quantumania ended up being one of the more plain openings of a Marvel phase, but some fans are willing to wait for the build-up of Kang the Conqueror. Personally, I would have loved it if the movie really ramped up the weirdness, but I guess they didn’t want to alienate the general audience.
For now, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is showing in theaters.