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Find Out Why ANT-MAN Is A Must See From The Cast & Filmmakers!

Marvel's Ant-Man..Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)..Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal..? Marvel 2014

This weekend the world’s tiniest superhero is headed to the big screen and has some pretty big shoes to fill following the Marvel masterpiece AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Whether you grew up reading comic books or not the team at Marvel has welcomed you in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a place that most of us don’t ever want to leave. Recently the cast and filmmakers behind ANT-MAN, the 12th film in the MCU, got together for a press conference in Beverly Hills to talk about their exciting new film.

When ANT-MAN was first announced I was more than skeptical and thought that we may see the first flop in Marvel history. I wondered what it was about this character I know so little about that made the team at Marvel decided to give him his own stand alone film when their where so many other characters I thought were more deserving. The president of Marvel Studios and the man I like to call the Marvel Mastermind, Kevin Feigi let us in on why making ANT-MAN part of the MCU was so important saying:

 “Well, you know, clearly 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.”

The one thing that always excited me about the film was the casting of Paul Rudd, easily one of my favorite actors in the business. Like me he was another person that didn’t know much about ANT-MAN, but learned quickly being so excited about becoming a part of this huge cinematic universe saying:

“The fact that it was different than anything that I’d ever done. I liked the challenge, I thought it would be an exciting adventure, and I enjoyed the fact that when I was cast people went, huh, really – that you wouldn’t necessarily think that, and I think that Marvel likes to do that and I was thrilled to have the opportunity…Growing up, I really didn’t know the character, and I did – before we ever started shooting, you know, read the comics, tried to do a little bit of research, and then just kind of get into the mindset as much as possible. There was also all of the physical stuff that I wanted to kind of throw myself into, to feel as if I could play the part and not only be convincing but just help me feel the part more.”

My excitement only grew when Evangeline Lilly was added to the cast as Hope Van Dyne, I knew that if Lilly was signing on we were going to get one bad ass new female character in the MCU, a predominantly a male universe, and that was enticing. Hope Van Dyne is the daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, and in the comic books gets a suit of her own. Lilly told us why she loved the role and thinks Marvel’s female fans will agree:

“I think that there is a lot of excitement in the focus groups that we’ve seen already, with the female audiences, about this character in general, and about the fact that Marvel are really, really taking female characters very seriously and looking at their lineup you can see that they have great intentions. And as a woman who came into a predominantly male film, I had a great time working with Peyton and with the producers, on this character, because I could see a hunger in them to really, really do right by Hope, and do right by their female fans and the female audience. And you know, when I pick a role, one of the things that I aspire to is that somebody’s parent will come up to me after the film has come out and say, “My daughter idealizes that character. You’re her hero.” And that’s what we aim for, especially in this brand, right? We’re in the business of making heroes.”

You can’t have a superhero movie without a villain and ANT-MAN is no different. Just like in the comic books, the first enemy of ANT-MAN is Darren Cross AKA Yellowjacket played by Corey Stoll who was excited and terrified taking the role knowing how much pressure there was to get it right. He told us:

“I would have moments of terror, you know, realizing, you know, what a huge audience there was and what a huge, incredibly passionate and well-informed audience there is, but it was just too much fun. Every day I came onto set there was some new piece of art that Peyton (Reed, director) 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, you know, the 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 every day. It really was, it was awesome.”

One of the many things that makes ANT-MAN different is his motivation to get into the suit is extremely close to home which will make comic book fans extremely happy. The filmmakers took the origin story straight from the source material. When asked about the father daughter story line Feige said:

“Well, that’s right out of the comics. Scott Lang’s character has a daughter named [PH] Cassie in the comics and in his original origin story. In the books, it’s tied directly to his desire to help his daughter, and that’s the reason he sort of resorts to crime, to try to do that. So that came right out of the comics and as I said earlier, we’ve never had a hero in any of the 11 films leading up to this who’s motivation involved a child, or involved a son or a daughter, so that felt, again, like a reason to do this film now, which was very meaningful for us.”

Unlike any other superhero we have seen thus far one of ANT-MAN’S powers is his ability to control the ants which made the film not only different but allowed director Peyton Reed to have a little fun and use the ants in a way that will blow your mind. Reed told us :

“But it was fun because it’s a heist movie, you know, at its core, and instead of sort of like, here’s the guys doing this and this and this, it’s like well here are the ants that are doing this, here are the ants that are doing that, and I guarantee that’s something that you’ve never seen in a movie before. You know, and people talk about the shrinking when they talk about Ant-Man, but it’s the other power, the being able to control ants, that’s the weirder power, that I think is going to really surprise people in the movie. So one of the things I liked about doing research was all the things that we have the ants do, you know, for example, the fire ants, they’re architects, they can make little rafts and ladders, they do that in real life. You know, the kid in me was like, oh, I can go on the internet and, you know, look at these ants and it’s actually real. I think that’s a really cool aspect of the movie. “

The scale of the film is also unlike anything we have seen in the MCU before and unique was the look they were going for Feige said:

“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, and as I’m sure you all have heard me say many, many times, I like it when all of our films are unique and all of them are different, and all of them can surprise people. Now, this is our 12th film in the Marvel cinematic universe, so it felt time to do something even more unique and even more different, which I think these people have.”

The one thing that was clear from the entire cast and filmmakers was how excited everyone was to be a part of the project and for the world to see it. Rudd was so excited he couldn’t wait to tell his 9 year old son he was going to play ANT-MAN to which he jokingly told his dad he still wasn’t cool. We had to know if his son changed his mind after seeing the finished film? Rudd told us:

“My kid more than anything likes to make me laugh, so when I told him that, even at 9 years old, he has such a funny sense of humor, that’s what he said, but this is the first time, it’s the first thing I’ve ever done, ever, that he is like legitimately jazzed about. He can see it, his friends know about it, and we were at Disneyland like two days ago and they have kind of a sneak preview, the Ant-Man event that’s there, and we went there and I was sitting next to him, and to see like as a parent the look on my kid’s face when he’s watching this – and I’ll never forget, it’s like as soon as it ended he just looked at me. He’s like, “That’s awesome!” And every time a commercial is on, he’s like, “Dad, Dad, Dad!” And he’s so excited and like I’ve never experienced that, and so it’s so cool to be able to share this with my own family, and especially my son.”

ANT-MAN starring Paul Rudd, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michael Pena opens in theatres today! Check out the worlds tiniest super heroes and let us know what you think of the newest addition to the Marvel cinematic universe.

Krisily Kennedy is just a chickk who loves movies and talking about them. Owner and founder of The Movie Chickk a place for chickks who love film and guys who love chickks who love film.
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Krisily Kennedy is just a chickk who loves movies and talking about them. Owner and founder of The Movie Chickk a place for chickks who love film and guys who love chickks who love film.

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