Thank you to Disney and Marvel Studios for hosting me during the Ant-Man and the Wasp event.
When I visited the set of Ant-Man and the Wasp, I couldn’t help but notice that Paul Rudd doesn’t age. That was last October. If you thought that maybe eight months down the road the aging process would suddenly catch up with him, well…you’d be wrong. He’s still looking just as Clueless as ever. He’s also looking pretty excited about his work in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Making a sequel can be a dodgy proposition, but he’s not concerned about Ant-Man and the Wasp. “It’s exciting when you like the finished product, because you can talk about it and you don’t have to manufacture enthusiasm.”
There were a lot of discussions about how to get the comedy of the original Ant-Man just right. The second time around they just leaned into it. “People know the characters and accept us in the roles,” says Paul. “In this one we kind of hit the ground running.”
“We feel that we have our own kind of space within this Marvel Cinematic Universe and our own tone with the films,” according to Paul. This allows them to make a movie that is enjoyable for all ages, letting parents take their kids to the movie without worry. “A lot of kids want to see these movies and sometimes there’s some scary things in them, or there’s some violent things in them that might be a little too intense. We wanted to make a movie that was enjoyable for lots of people.”
At it’s heart, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a family film. “It’s great being in a film costarring with Evangeline, that it’s a duo,” says Paul. “I love the fact that it is an extended family, that my ex wife and her new husband, we all get along really well.”
As a father, Paul enjoys the opportunity to act with children. “Those kinds of scenes are accessible to me because I’ve been in them, I know what that’s like.” He’s even snuck little Easter eggs into the movie that are just for his own daughter. “She really loves it, because I tell her, ‘You know, you’re the real Cassie.'”
Paul had nothing but love for the entire case of Ant-Man and the Wasp, but there was definitely a special place in his heart for Michael Douglas. “As much as I admire and appreciate him as an actor, I have now come to admire and appreciate and love him even more as a friend.”
And as for that mid-credit scene in the film? Well, Paul wants to keep his reaction a secret. Consider this a placeholder until the movie is in theaters. Then I’ll be back to share exactly what he thought!
Check out all of the Ant-Man and the Wasp action
I have a behind the scenes look at the making of Ant-Man and the Wasp from my visit to the set, along with tons of Ant-Man the the Wasp interviews from the #AntManandtheWaspEvent! Find it all right here on the blog. Ant-Man and the Wasp is in theaters on July 6, 2018.
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John Kamen, Abby Ryder-Fortson, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne and Michael Douglas.