Now that Avengers: Age of Ultron has already hit theaters, fans have one more Marvel movie to look forward to this year, the final Phase Two adventure Ant-Man. There is still much we don't know about this superhero adventure, with less than two months until its release, but today we have new details from costume designers Sammy Sheldon and Ivo Coveney about the elaborate suit Paul Rudd's Scott Lang wears. When asked about why Scott needs to wear that specialized Ant-Man helmet, Sammy Sheldon had this to say.
"When you shrink, the molecules in the air are too big for your lungs. He has to be fully contained or he'd die."
This means that we won't see a miniaturized Scott Lang running around without the full suit, and it still hasn't been confirmed whether or not we'll see Pym's Particles in the upcoming adventure. In the comics, Pym's Particles came in a liquid elixir form, and would shrink objects or living beings. Hank Pym, who will be played by Michael Douglas in the adaptation, also developed a gaseous form of the particles, that allowed rapid shrinking by just inhaling the particles. The costume designers did hint about "mysterious chemicals" sent through Lang's body through the cables in his helmet, but we don't know for sure if these are Pym's Particles. Ivo Coveney did discuss the helmet cables, and how they are a major 'weakness' to his suit.
"We had a long discussion about the two cables going into his helmet. They're a massive weakness - Yellowjacket could just rip them off and he's dead. But, in the end, it just looks cooler with them on."
Sammy Sheldon also added that the fact that Scott Lang shrinks essentially enables the production team to "get away" with anything else.
"The fact that he's shrinking is enough to get away with anything else, really!"