This week, the much-anticipated Ant-Man hits theaters. Cast Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena, director Peyton Reed, and MCU head superhero Kevin Feige sat down with press to talk about the exciting characters that are gonna hit the screen.
You can see what they had to say below.
Feige’s thoughts on Ant-Man being the hero to explore in Marvel’s latest feature:
KEVIN FEIGE: Ant-Man in the comics is a founding member of the Avengers. I’ve said that we have a big, giant poster of Avengers #1 that has been in all of the various offices we’ve had over the years, and I love looking at that and checking off, yep, yeah, that person’s been in a movie now, we’ve made a movie about that person, made a movie about that person. Ant-Man and Wasp were the two that had been the longest that we haven’t done anything with, so it was always clear that we were going to assemble all the Avengers eventually. And it also was interesting to do a movie,now that you’ve seen it, and I think most of you in this room have seen it, that plays with scale and that plays with action in a very different way than we’ve ever done before
Paul on becoming the Ant-Man and how it felt to be in the suit:
PAUL RUDD: It helped me feel the part, you know, there’s something that happens when you get in that thing, that it’s inevitable. I would stand differently, I would feel different, I’d feel like Ant-Man in that thing. I would just sometimes catch myself as I was – oh, gosh, this thing is amazing-looking. And as far as like, you know, getting skinnier to try and fit in it, I mean, I didn’t eat anything for about a year. I worked out all the time. I took that Chris Pratt approach which is just basically eliminate anything fun for about a year,and that’s a good way to prepare to play, you know, a superhero. And again, it also helped me feel the part, which is I kind of got into that aspect as well.
Corey Stoll on playing Darren aka Yellow Jacket:
COREY STOLL: It was just too much fun. Every day I came onto set there was some new piece of art that Peyton would show me, or I would step onto the Pymtech set and see the size of it, and you know, it was just all these dreams of 15-year-old Corey being realized. And even the civilian costumes that he wears are so outrageously villainous. I had to stop myself grinning from ear to ear everyday.
Paul and the cast on being asked “if Ant-Man could be the Jiminy Cricket to any of the Avengers, who would it be and what would he advise them to do as their conscience?”
MICHAEL PENA: Loaded question.
PAUL RUDD: If Ant-Man could be the Jiminy Cricket to any of the Avengers–
EVANGELINE LILLY: I think you should help the Hulk calm down when he’s big.
PAUL RUDD: It’s kind of what I was thinking. That’s actually the first thing that kind of popped into my mind. Yeah, there’s the physical side that you would think the Hulk, and then there’s also, I think, Scott Lang shares a passion for science and technology that Tony Stark has. You know, and then he also has very specific feelings toward them as a whole because he’s learning a little bit about them. You know, he’s aware of their presence from Hank Pym, who has very specific opinions, but I think I’d say Hulk.
Michael Douglas on taking on the role of Hank Pym and what he hoped to bring to his interpretation:
MICHAEL DOUGLAS: I was not familiar with Ant-Man before this movie and Kevin and Marvel were kind enough to send me about two years of comic books, that’s when I read the script, to kind of catch up on this history and background. And I think there’s echoes certainly of the loss of his wife and the distance between he and his stunning daughter, played by Evangeline, so I think there’s remnants, elements of that. I don’t think we wanted to dwell on it but it kind of pays off a little later in the picture.
The cast and director on the parental relationships being instrumental to the plot of the film:
PEYTON REED: Yeah, one of the things that I loved from the beginning, and it is very different than the other Marvel movies in that way, is that one of the strengths of the movie I think is it’s these dual stories about these two fathers and their daughters, and in various different ways they are not a part of their daughters’ lives, and they have to by the end of the movie repair those relationships. And in the case of Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne, they’re not going to succeed in this heist unless they repair that relationship. It’s an important thing that has to happen before they succeed, and I liked sort of the intimacy of that thematic in the movie.
PAUL RUDD: I also think there’s an interesting kind of father-son dynamic with Darren and Hank. So this whole idea of parents and children runs throughout the movie and I think makes it one of the, really the thing that’s most relatable.
COREY STOLL: Yeah, definitely for me, I mean, it was totally central because, you know, through the different drafts of the script, playing with motivations and I think we really came to the realization that there are, you know, Darren is after the glory of the scientific discovery and the money and the fame and the power, but in the end it really comes down to the sort of small, little boy inside that just wants his father’s approval, and that’s so much easier to play than desire for world domination. I could relate to that more.
Evangeline on playing Hope and who she may or may not be:
EVANGELINE LILLY: That was the most exciting thing for me about the role, and you know, of course while we were filming during post-production there was a lot of buzz on the internet – is Evangeline playing the Wasp, and is she a superhero, and I had a lot of questions directed my way about that. And I just couldn’t have felt more comfortable or more happy saying, actually, she is just a really capable, very powerful force to be reckoned with and she doesn’t have a superpower and she doesn’t put on a fancy suit and look dorky in it. And my super-suit was my power suit that I would go to work in and be a high level scientist and you know, on the chair of the board of a very, very powerful corporation, and I do think that’s a fantastic example for young women.
Michael Pena on where he drew inspiration for Luis, Scott’s best friend and go-to guy for “jobs”:
MICHAEL PENA: It’s a real person, by the way, that I’m imitating. His name is Pablo, he’s a criminal, not bullshitting at all. Like the guy lives in Chicago. My best friend just flew in, you know, for the premiere, and he’s in and out of jail. He’s the kind of guy, swear to god, when I’m like: “What’d you do this weekend?” He’s like: “I went to jail, Dawg.” Like who really says that for a weekend trip?!
Ant-Man opens Friday!