To anyone who laughed at Paul Rudd for his casting as Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we just wanna talk.
We spoke about the MCU on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…
Paul Rudd is an ageless, Hollywood legend who has just recently dropped a bombshell on us. In a new interview, Paul Rudd opened up about being laughed at for playing Ant-Man. Now, do we have to remind all of you that Ant-Man is iconic?
Ant-Man initially appeared in Peyton Reed’s 2015 film, Ant-Man, but he has also appeared in Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man & the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame. As a result, Ant-Man is one of the core second-generation Marvel characters that’s sure to keep the legacy alive when older legends have their stories wrapped up. Plus, you don’t need us to tell you that these are some of the best films in the franchise.
To anyone who thinks that Ant-Man’s powers are dull, you’re wrong. Ant-Man can shrink and eventually grow in size, in addition to commanding an army of ants. And while he doesn’t have any weapons like his Marvel peers, Ant-Man’s abilities are straight-up legendary, so that’s that on that.
In an interview with Variety’s “Actors on Actors At Home” series, Paul Rudd was joined by Chris Evans to discuss all things Marvel. And sadly, in this interview, Paul Rudd not only talked about how people laughed the concept of Ant-Man, but they laughed at his casting in the role.
Paul Rudd said, “I would say, ‘I got this part, I’m playing Ant-Man,’ and then they would say, ‘Well what does Ant-Man do?’ I would say, ‘He can shrink to the size of an ant but he retains strength and he can also control ants and talk to ants.’ And people would laugh as I’d explain what the character does.”
The Ant-Man continued: “I’m not the first guy that people would think of when it comes to playing a big superhero. I wanted to try and make a character, a superhero, who was kind of a regular person. The whole world of it, of superherodom, seemed overwhelming and it’s like, ‘What do you do with this?’ you know, to make it identifiable.”
“These characters are important to many people and you want to treat them with respect and want to do the character a service. And certainly, the character – when he was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee and everyone at Marvel – has been around for a while.” You can watch the full chat here:
Ultimately, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is a match made in heaven. Not only does the role have an abundant history in the Marvel comics, but the way Marvel has leaned into the comedy of the super-power is incredible. Plus, you’d rather be Ant-Man than an 8-feet, green machine.
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