Despite the fact that it is a Marvel superhero movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp is packed with scenes in which people and objects expand to enormous proportions and then shrink to the size of ants. In fact, it isn’t the only film to use this sci-fi theme, which was popular in the 1950s. While this concept isn’t new at all, it has been in a number of films over the previous 60 years.
It’s a topic that has been explored in a number of films, from Disney’s Alice shrinking to Wayne Szalinski’s shrinking/growing machine wreaking havoc on his life. To help you prepare for or follow up on your viewing of Ant-Man and the Wasp, we took a quick look at a few other films in which characters grow and shrink in size.
GameSpot’s Mike Rougeau had this to say about Ant-Man and the Wasp: “Fun, goofy, self-aware, and imaginative, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a joy to see. It’s one of the most comic-booky MCU films yet, with a ton of pseudo-science jargon, wild action, and many villains fighting for screen time. In the meantime, Ant-Man and the Wasp provides a pleasant respite from the uncertainty surrounding the futures of our favorite superheroes following Avengers: Infinity War.”
Read on for details on Ant-Man and the Wasp’s post-credit scenes, the character’s origins in Marvel comic books and why the movie is set before Infinity War. Consider these additional films about growing or shrinking.
1. Alice In Wonderland (1951)
Alice chases a white rabbit into the woodland, where she falls down a rabbit hole, in this beloved Disney classic. Afterwards, she reduces in size after drinking a magic potion before growing in size after devouring a biscuit. It’s a memorable scene, even though the movie isn’t really about growing and shrinking.
2. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Scott Carey’s body shrinks as a result of a day spent in the sun and the insecticides he was exposed to. It takes a couple inches off his height and shrinks him to the point that he could fit in a dollhouse. When you’re barely six inches tall, Carey considers animals like a house cat and spiders to be dangerous.
3. Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman (1958)
Nancy Archer, a well-to-do socialite, isn’t having the best of times because her husband has been having an affair but keeps returning whenever he needs money. Archer is transformed into a 50-foot giant after an encounter with a UFO one evening. In the aftermath, she decides to retaliate against her spouse.
4. Fantastic Voyage (1966)
People and items can be shrunk for an hour with technology developed by the United States and the Soviet Union. After an assassination attempt, Dr. Jan Benes discovers a means to extend the shrinking effect indefinitely. Dr. Benes’ life is saved by a group of doctors who board a submarine, shrink, and enter his body to remove a brain clot.
5. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1987)
Wayne Szalinski, the eccentric scientist who lives next door, has built a shrinking machine. It’s a good thing that he doesn’t have to worry about his son, daughter, and two of his neighbor’s kids because they all wind up getting stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time. The kids set out on a journey to reclaim their youth in their own backyard.
6. Innerspace (1987)
Tuck, a pilot, is a participant in a study on downsizing. When a gang of evil guys take the technology and use it to inject Tuck into a store worker, the plan goes awry. Tuck is injected into Jack Putter, a clerk. When Tuck is inside of Jack, he discovers that he can communicate with him, and he and Jack strive to find a means to restore Tuck to his normal size.
7. Big (1988)
Josh, a young man who yearns to be an adult, puts a wish on a Zoltar machine one night in order to achieve his goal of growing up. On the following morning, he is already a fully-fledged man. While they look for the Zoltar machine to reverse Josh’s desire, Billy, Josh’s best friend, helps Josh adjust to adult life.
8. Honey, I Blew Up The Kid (1992)
When Wayne Szalinski builds a machine that can grow objects to enormous proportions, everything goes horribly wrong when he uses it on his toddler, who grows at an astounding rate and reaches heights of up to 100 feet. Once again, Szalinski is faced with the challenge of fixing his child.
9. Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)
When it comes to child endangerment, Wayne Szalinski should be in prison at this time. Rather than enlarging himself, his wife, his brother, and his brother’s wife, Wayne decides to reduce them. The difficulty Wayne has now is that he needs the attention of his children in order to repair another one he has caused.
10. Ant-Man (2015)
After being released from prison, Scott Lang is trying to get his life back on track. To avoid the wrong hands getting their hands on the shrinking technology, the suit’s developer asks for his help in pulling off a massive theft, which puts him in an awkward position.
11. Downsizing (2017)
For the first time in his adult life, Paul decides to participate in a surgery that reduces human height to a few inches. Paul, on the other hand, is forced to adapt to a reality that is vastly different from the one he is accustomed to.
12. Rampage (2018)
“Rampage” follows primatologist Davis Okoye (David Koechner) as he discovers that the albino gorilla—George—he cares for is expanding in size due to an experiment gone bad. George and Okoye band up to take on two more enormous mutant beasts wreaking havoc on Chicago.