When super-sized, Ant-Man (Scott Lang) is noticeably slower. Examples of this include his fight at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) (watch: Me Eat People) and the airport fight in Captain America: Civil War (2016)).

Has a reason been given for this?


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It's relative movement. Basically, the bigger you are, the further you move, but there's all sorts of things to account for, like drag (or friction), and gravity - without getting too technical.

You often see this kind of "slow" movement in other movies - Godzilla, Jurassic Park, etc., where all the bigger animals/monsters seem to move "slower" than normal. However, when you look at it from the other direction, as KutuluMike pointed out, things that are smaller than us move "faster". Can you imagine trying to move your limbs as quickly as an ant does?

My answer really is very much a Layman's answer, but if what I've already tried to explain doesn't make much sense, there are other conundrums (specifically within the Antman movie) that were simply explained away by "movie magic".

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    Next up.. the Father Ted explanation of perspective...."those cows are far away" Aug 29, 2016 at 11:31
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    This is also demonstrated by watching a train approaching. Many people misjudge how fast a train is moving because it's so big and therefore looks like it's going much slower than it actually is. Sep 28, 2016 at 18:31
  • Ant-Man was moving at his normal speed, but his enlarged size meant that he had to cover greater distances to make ordinary gestures, and so to observers he appeared slower than normal. Oct 19, 2022 at 14:06

Nah, unless you have wind resistance problems right now then he shouldn’t, his body stays the same and scales up equally but larger giving him increased power to cope with his increased body, he is still exactly the same so a bigger arm to cut through the air with a bigger muscle, he should be moving the exact same, like saying a capuchin, sees us in slow motion

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    Your reply doesn't quite answer the question, as it indirectly rejects the main idea of it ("why does Ant-Man go slow when he's big" > "well, he shouldn't go slow"). You should either edit it or move it as an inline commnt. Jan 16, 2022 at 11:16

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