Though they may shrink in size on screen, the stars of "Ant-Man and The Wasp" let their big personalities shine at Sunday at a press conference for the latest Marvel film.
With Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Evangeline Lilly (The Wasp), Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), Laurence Fishburne (Dr. Bill Foter), Hannah John-Kamen (Ghost), Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige and and director Peyton Reed all on hand, here's everything you need to know about the MCU's latest release.
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Note: While this is the first film to come out since The Snap in "Infinity War," the movie takes place between the events of "Civil War" and the Avengers' run-in with Thanos, so don't expect to hear too much about the big purple guy with this one.
As Marvel notes, Ant-Man's second outing sees him struggle with "the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father" as he teams up with Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym for a new, top secret mission. This time, Hope gets to suit up as well, kicking ass as The Wasp for the first time.
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Paul Rudd In the Writers' Room
As he did with the first movie, Paul Rudd helped write the film -- but did that mean he gets all the best lines?
"Paul's as generous a writer as he is an actor," said Peyton Reed. "Paul always has the whole picture in mind, writing and acting."
For Paul, he kept it humble. "I try to think of the film as a whole, but I will say this, this has been a collaborative effort more than anything I've ever worked on. To think I wrote it would be a gross overstatement."
Ant-Man Takes Over San Francisco
When asked about the most "daunting" sequence to shoot, Reed pointed to a car chase throughout the city of San Fran.
He said it's unlike anything in another other movie, with not just the two title characters changing sizes throughout it, but buildings, cars and more.
His goal was to make something "specific to that city" -- and they really paid it off.
The Quantum Realm
Feige kept his cards close to his vest in regards to the importance of the Quantum Realm in future movies, simply saying Marvel loves to introduce new toys and, "where and how they pay off in the near term, long term, remains to be seen."
Regarding their understanding of quantum physics, Douglas joked he'd "have to read the script" to understand going sub-atomic in real life.
Lilly, meanwhile, said she's always been interested in the topic and "it's one of the reasons why I was excited about this brand." She proceeded to talk about atoms at length. In short, she knows her s--t!
Becoming The Wasp
Lilly revealed Wasp was originally supposed to make her debut in "Civil War," but the powers the be decided to dedicate a movie to her origin movie instead with this one. She didn't learn that she'd get double billing in the title until she got an e-mail of the title artwork.
"I loved being a blade runner," Lilly said of the scene from the trailer where The Wasp literally runs down the side of a knife during a fight. "I love the kind of element of having someone who's completely in jeopardy, but also completely in control. You can see her have an 'Oh s--t moment, but then she's completely in control the next moment."
She added that her character was "rearing to get into that suit for an entire movie, so to actually see her fighting in that moment was wonderful."
As for who she'd love to interact with in the future, Lilly said she used to say The Hulk, but after seeing that Ant-Man and The Wasp can go giant now, "that's out." She added that she has a personal crush on Okoye from "Black Panther" and would love to hang out with actress Danai Gurira.
She also said she wants to keep "the rumor and gossip of an all-female Avengers film going," as Feige joked that it's "all coming together."
Wasp was goig to be introduced in Civil War ... secretly I was like, she's not going to get an origins film, it's ok, I'm just toked to be here. Then I got a call saying we've decided not to put you in Civil War ... "don't be offended" and then "because we realy want to dedicate a film"
Love for Michelle Pfeiffer
Douglas said he had been a longtime fan of Michelle Pfeiffer, but had never worked with her before. He added he was "totally ecstatic" to have her join this film, something which became even better when he learned she'd be his wife and they'd appear "30 years younger" together in at least one scene in the film..
In another film, Rudd has to channel the actress for reasons we won't spoil.
"I feel like I've been doing it for years," joked Rudd. "We kept calling it the 'All of Me' sequence. This seems like a fairly big swing, it was surreal to say the least. As an actor, you have to buy into the scenario, but at the same time, as me being me and Michael being Michael, and I have my hand tenderly to his cheek ... we giggled a few times."
He added that Pfeiffer wasn't there on set to witness Rudd try and do his best Michelle impression.
Villains Aren't Necessarily Bad Guys
John-Kamen stressed that she wasn't trying to play a bad guy as the mysterious Ghost in the film, but as a well rounded character.
Lilly then brought up the lesson she tried to instill in her 7-year-old son, who she says "loves violent movies."
"When he talks about good guys and bad guys, I try and clarify for him, there really is no such thing as bad guys," she said. She stressed that the "good guy" should try and help the villain "redeem" themselves. "t doesn't mean you should attack them," she added, "maybe you should try and understand them first."
Making Ant-Man Relatable
"The idea that I'm playing somebody that doesn't have inane super abilities is a way in, I want him to be relatable," Rudd saying of making a superhero that anyone can relate to.
"I have a daughter roughly the age of Cassie and while I know for a fact she's gonna want me to build a slide after she sees the film, it's really hard to do in a New York apartment, but I know what it's like to spend the evening playing with Barbie dolls," he continued. "That's the soul of it and the love that a family shares and how we need each other. parents need their kids, kids need their parents and if we could build a funny movie that appeals to all ages."
"Ant-Man and The Wasp" hits theaters July 6, 2018.