Here’s what the cast of Ant-Man and the Wasp had to say about the upcoming Marvel film
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, producer Kevin Feige, and director Peyton Reed appeared at the press conference for Ant-Man and The Wasp, the first Marvel film to have a female superhero in the title. First up, Paul Rudd was asked about contributing to the writing of the film. Michael Douglas who plays Dr. Hank Pym joked that Rudd gave himself more funny lines than anyone else. Evangeline Lilly, who played The Wasp, said, “His best lines in the movie are not in the script.” “I try and think of the film as a whole and I think of every character,” Rudd said. “This has been a collaborative effort more than anything I’ve ever worked on and to think that I actually wrote it would be a gross overstatement.” He said director Peyton Reed, Eric Summers and Chris McKenna were the ones who “did really a lot of the heavy lifting.”
Now, there are a few spoilers here, but they’re mild. You probably know that the film is going to go back to the Quantum Realm. When asked if we’ll see more of that in the future, producer Kevin Feige said, “Well, I mean, yeah, without giving anything away, we love, you know, these…they’re all storytelling tools; new places, new things. In the first film it was, we got a glimpse of it for people who like to go through frame-by- frame, there were a little silhouette of…of Janet as the Wasp in there, which is a big story element in this movie. There are things that you see back there… that Peyton has put in there — where and how they pay off in the near term, in the long term… remains to be seen.
Lilly talked about playing The Wasp. She said, “I loved getting to be a blade runner, that was pretty cool. The knife gag in the restaurant scene is pretty cool,” Lilly said. “She’s completely in control the next second. It was just fun to get to see her take on the mantle because this is something she was ready and willing to do her whole life and she was wearing that suit for an entire film!”
Lawrence Fishburne, who plays Dr. Bill Foster talked about playing a role in a Marvel film (he previously voiced Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four). “It is not the first Marvel role to come my way,. I’ve been a reader since I was eight. I’ve been a fan my whole life. Really enjoyed the movies and what they’ve done with the MCU … I realized that I was on the lot of Marvel and working on ABC’s Blackish and remembered I had worked with Louis D’Esposito and realized I should go talk to them and say, ‘Hey, what do I gotta do to be in the movies?’ And they were kind enough to say, ‘We’ll think about that Fish!”
Feige talked about The Wasp. He said, “The movie before Civil War is all about how qualified Hope is and her estrangement from her father preventing her from doing it. It was without question in the tag on the first Ant-Man film which was in there for the beginning was about her finding that suit..We always knew the next one would be Ant-Man and The Wasp and she would suit up…”
“Originally, Wasp was going to be introduced in Captain America: Civil War,” Lilly said. “I never expressed it at the time and secretly I was like, ‘Hmm…She’s not gonna get an origins film.’ Then I got a call that, ‘We’ve decided not to put you in Civil War.’ And then they said what I thought they are gonna say which was, ‘We want to make a film dedicated to this female superhero.’ I still didn’t know that was going to come with double billing and that was a surprise when I got an email with a screencap.”
“Hope was born into the family business,” Rudd said. “The first one was pretty clear she would be really good at this…The idea that Scott was never really sure how he could be Ant-Man and still be a good parent, if those two things could really co-exist, that’s one of the things we hang this on. This really is a duo and a team and we work together pretty well. Clearly, she’s really good at this.”
Ant-Man and The Wasp will hit theaters on July 6, and guys, it’s really great. Are you going to see it? Let us know in the comments.