On Sunday afternoon, the cast and creatives of Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp gathered for their international press conference. Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige, and director Peyton Reed were all in attendance.
The conference began with the cast talking about Rudd’s task as a writer for the film.
“His best lines in the movie were not in the script,” joked Lilly, implying that Rudd improvised a lot of the funny one-liners.
Rudd gave credit to Reed, Feige, and two other writers – Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers – for the heavy lifting on Ant-Man and the Wasp. “Those guys are great. I tip my cap to them,” said Rudd.
With the film having so many shrinking and growing VFX sequences, Reed faced many challenges in the film. But, the most challenging was the car chase scene in the streets of San Francisco. They wanted the city to become its own character in the film.
“We wanted to do a chase that you just simply couldn’t see in any other movie because of all of the size-shifting,” said Reed. “That was probably the most challenging.”
Spoiler questions were asked – especially if we would see the Quantum Realm again. Feige magically escaped the question, “There are things that you see back there that Peyton has put in there. Where and how they pay off in the near term and the long term remains to be seen.”
Lilly was excited to talk about her role as The Wasp. “It was just fun to finally get to see her take on the role. This is something that she has been ready to do her whole life.” Lilly then explained a little of the Quantum Physics, “I really dig quantum physics.”
“What if the way you see blue is the way I see red?” joked Rudd. “My mind is blown!”
The discussion led to Fishburne and his history with Marvel characters. An avid comic book reader, Fishburne had previously worked on a Marvel film as the voice of Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Having worked on the same set as Marvel for ABC’s Blackish, Fishburne contacted Marvel EP Louis Desposito and told him he wanted to be in the Marvel movies.
“I should go talk to them and say, ‘Hey, what do I gotta do to be in the movies?’,” said Fishburne. “And they were kind enough to say, ‘We’ll think about that, Fish!”
The discussion of post-Civil War came up and Reed said he knew they had to explain the end results from what happened in Civil War.
“We could not ignore what had happened to Scott Lang in that movie in this movie,” Reed said. “It gave us an organic jumping off point. My first reaction was what would Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne think about Scott taking the suit and getting involved in fighting with the Avengers. They would be pissed off. So, it gave us this whole starting point.”
The flashback sequence was discussed with Douglas’ face digitally made to look thirty years younger. Douglas joked, “I looked pretty good, didn’t I?”
Without revealing any spoilers, John-Kamen explained a little bit about her character, Ghost. “I definitely approached the character not as a villain, but definitely a threat to the characters who are the heroes in the movie. I guess we play a “villain”, you have to play like you’re the good guy and everyone else is bad. Everyone else is the good guys. She’s made many mistakes. There is such a clear objective in the movie.”
Fishburne, whose character, Dr. Bill Foster, is Goliath in the comics, didn’t know much about the character he was playing.
“Oddly enough, it was a guy I didn’t know about,” Fishburne revealed during the conference. He read the comics, but never got into Ant-Man’s story, but after being told by Reed and others about the role, he was ready to take on the role.
“So, Peyton told me ‘Blah blah blah’ and I was like, ‘Oh, really?!’,” said Fishburne. “So, they were kind enough to allow me to join the family.”
For more details on the press conference, check out the video below: