Marvel’s Ant-Man reimagines the old Georgia Archives Building as the waterfront headquarters of Pym Technologies, creators of the technology used by Paul Rudd’s character. That got us thinking: What other Atlanta icons could be transformed with a little movie magic?
The Big Chicken
Marietta’s bad mother clucker could easily be converted into the base for any avian superhero (we’re looking at you, Falcon). Just add a few searchlights and an ejection tube to launch our protagonist out of the beak. (And keep an eye out for the Big Chicken’s archenemies, Heavy Wind and the Tornado.)
The bottom half is already a foreboding citadel. Set it amid a jagged mountain range, place a few cannons and patrolling henchmen around, and you’ve got yourself a villain’s lair.
The skull entrance to the Vortex’s Little Five Points location would look right at home inside an abandoned amusement park—a perfectly creepy locale for a showdown between superhero and nemesis.
King and Queen Towers
If your film involves two giants playing a game of chess, everything’s ready. If not, the top of each tower could be a spectacular spot to open a portal to another dimension. Before you know it, an alien race is invading the city through a swirling vortex.
With the bad guys vanquished, there’s only one thing left to do: Zoom in on a pile of rubble as a villain’s fist emerges. Cut to the Polaris disconnecting from its tower and flying away as evil laughter echoes throughout the sky.
On the Calendar: Paul Rudd suits up for Marvel’s latest Atlanta-filmed flick, Ant-Man, in theaters July 17
This article originally appeared in our July 2015 issue.