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Find Out How Thomas The Train Appeared In Ant-Man

Posted By:Matt McGloin
Sun, 07/26/2015 - 22:31

Thomas The Train Ant-Man Clip

Wondering how Marvel got Thomas the Train in the Ant-Man movie?

Director Peyton Reed explains original writer and director Edgar Wright had the scene featuring a train in earlier versions of the script. Reed revealed when he came on board Ant-Man, it had been changed to Thomas the Train, explaining the situation with Film School Rejects:

“I believe in Edgar [Wright] and Joe Cornish’s original drafts it was a train set. At some point in the process that predated my involvement it became Thomas. As I came on, they had not secured the rights to Thomas. We had to do this whole thing where we did this presentation for the people who own the rights to Thomas. Thank God they agreed and found it funny, but there were definite stipulations. For example, nobody could be tied to the tracks and run over by Thomas. Thomas couldn’t be doing anything that could be perceived by children as evil Thomas. Thomas had to stay neutral in the battle, which was always our intention. Like anybody, they’re protective of their brand. I didn’t know what we were going to do if we didn’t get the rights to that. There are certain things I was going to be devastated about if we couldn’t have them. Thomas was one, because… you could do any kind of toy train, but the personality of that thing and the eyes moving back and forth give it a whole vibe and took it to another level."

Not only does Thomas appear in a Marvel movie, but DC recently release an animated Justice League Thomas and Friends mash-up.

"Ant-Man" is currently in theaters.