Extended Michelle Pfeiffer scenes in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” Blu-ray?
When all Pfeiffer fans and movie lovers complained about how little we see Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne in the just released “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, director Peyton Reed disclosed that more Pfeiffer will be found in the deleted scenes on its Blu-ray, according to SCREENRANT:
There will be more of the Quantum Realm on the Blu-Ray for Ant-Man and The Wasp, courtesy of some deleted scenes. Aside from the size-changing abilities, the aspect of the Ant-Man franchise that sets it apart is the use of the Quantum Realm. It has been a staple to the series from the get go. It is heavily tied to Ant-Man’s power set, but also played a vital role in how the film ended. With the sequel revolving around rescuing Janet van Dyne, who was trapped in the Quantum Realm for 30 years, it once again was expected to be a big part.
Ant-Man and The Wasp doesn’t disappoint in this area as it dives deeper into the Quantum Realm. The mission to save Janet allows for further exploration and explanation of the still rather mysterious realm, but it appears there was actually more at one time scheduled to be included. While those scenes didn’t make the final cut, fans will be able to see them on the Blu-Ray.
Featuring more of the Quantum Realm could provide for some rather intriguing deleted scenes. Most of the Quantum Realm scenes in the movie deal with the attempted rescue of Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). It is possible that some of these deleted scenes could show her perspective during key sequences or even what she did during her 30 years. Considering the Quantum Realm looks to be a major piece of the MCU moving forward (and, specifically, with Avengers 4), any additional time spent with the realm could be beneficial.
Reed does say to only expect between five to 10 minutes of deleted scenes on the Blu-Ray too. If multiple Quantum Realm scenes take a majority of this time, then the scenes with Goggins could take up the rest. There’s surely a few other scenes that haven’t been revealed yet that will be included, along with what is sure to be a great gag and blooper reel.
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Reed, more than most, seems to have it all thought out, so I threw him my one other burning Quantum Realm question: What did Janet eat when she was stranded across the molecular planes?
“Every morning for breakfast she had a Quantum Krispies,” Reed says through a scoff. That said, he has thought about it.
“We did an extraordinary amount of work talking about the Quantum Realm and about the ecosystem and how much we were going to show what we were going to tease about her. Basically, when Scott Lang is channeling Janet and they’re trying to find the location and she says, ‘Meet me in the wasteland just beyond this quantum void,’ that is the closest that she could have Hank or Hope or Scott or whoever come down. But if you could break through that void, which was as far as Scott Lang got in the first movie, if you could break through that void, maybe there’s this whole other Quantum Realm on the other side. Maybe there were civilizations and all these things down there. We wanted to just give a hint of that stuff and maybe not explain all the stuff that you see, but you know, that she has lived this life down there and she’s had to survive.”
According to Reed, there’s more Quantum Realm on the cutting room floor — you’ll just have to pick the movie up on home video to see it.
“There are a couple of things that we shot — one in particular that we shot that is not in the movie, but it’ll probably be in the deleted scenes on the DVD and Blu-ray that kind of gives a little hint of some of the stuff that she does down there. But yeah if we’re fortunate to tell another story in this universe, there’s a lot to learn about Janet.”
THRILLIST also published an article today with interview with Method Studios visual effects supervisor Andrew Hellen, who worked on the visual effect for the Quantum Realm:
HOW ‘ANT-MAN AND THE WASP’ CREATED ITS STUNNING QUANTUM REALM
by Ian Failes
In Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, audiences get a whole new look at one of Marvel’s multiverse locations — the Quantum Realm. It’s here that Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) searches for his wife Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), who has been trapped in this alternate dimension for many years.
To help bring the Quantum Realm to life, director Peyton Reed turned to visual effects vendor Method Studios to imagine life at that subatomic level. As is often the case in Marvel films, the concepts behind the Realm and what finally ended up on the screen continued to developed right up until the movie came out.
One of the original ideas for the Quantum Realm was to play on the notions of quantum mechanics. “In quantum mechanics,” says Method Studios visual effects supervisor Andrew Hellen, who worked with overall visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti on Quantum Realm scenes, “is the idea that you can’t be in the one place at the one time. You might be split over two. You might be walking around one area, but you’ll be also manifested somewhere else.”
Although these ideas were explored with concept art and movement tests, the final look and feel of the Quantum Realm was simplified. The Realm remained somewhat of a psychedelic place, almost like a mood ring, and subtly ebbed and flowed to interact with the characters inside it.
“Everything was moving,” says Hellen. “Everything was an effects simulation. We had multiple different layers to those effects simulations to give us different types of effects. We had large crystalline-type spikes that were coming up out of the ground, as well as negative height fields, which were areas that were eating away down into the ground and had a refractive, glassy kind of quality to them with underneath lighting.”
Before the characters reach the Quantum Realm, however, they journey via a specially made pod through a series of microscopic places. Some of these were realized by other visual effects vendors, while Method Studios also worked on the journey shots, including those that zoom past what appear to be giant worms. These are actually tardigrades, which in real life are between a millimeter and a tenth of a millimeter long.
“We used real creatures’ [images as a] reference just off the internet,” says Hellen. “We were playing around with the whole macro feel to them, so we implemented a lot of subsurface and macro photography to what was essentially a pollen-like environment.”
Having moved on from the idea of the characters showing signs of quantum mechanics while visiting the Quantum Realm, Method Studios still added other elements to the scenes to suggest it was a highly unusual place. This included the addition of things such as lens aberrations, flares, lens breathing” to show the frenetic energy of the Realm. Some of the look was even based on real photography.
“I remember sitting late one night with one of the compositors who was making his own lens flares out of the bottom of his wine glass with a light,” shares Hellen. “We were just using all sorts of crazy stuff to mix into the images to add some complexity and weirdness.”
Although the Quantum Realm scenes may have shifted slightly from their original incarnations — Hellen says his studio also worked on fight sequences involving Michelle Pfeiffer’s character and a bunch of other creatures — director Peyton Reed has suggested Quantum Realm deleted scenes may appear on the Ant-Man and the Wasp DVD or Blu-ray release. Which means we might all just be able to visit an alternate dimension once more in the not-too-distant future.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” will be released on Blu-ray/DVD on October 23, 2018.