Size matters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Which is why a key co-star in Peyton Reed’s upcoming Ant-Man isn’t afraid to (hypothetically) pit tiny Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) against furious Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). Let’s make this happen in The Avengers 3, Joss Whedon!
House of Cards and The Strain co-star Corey Stoll tossed out this fun bit of Marvel fan-service in an interview with Clevver Movies, where he waxed poetically about the big sell of the Ant-Man movie – how will Peyton Reed figure out how to convincingly make an insect-sized hero? That certainly was a challenge in the footage that we saw in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, where Paul Rudd’s character climbed on the back of an ant and flew away from trouble. Stoll addresses the unique nature of the character powers in the upcoming movie, saying:
And now I can think about nothing else for the rest of the day, Corey Stoll. Thanks for that.
As we ease our way into Phase Three of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, it feels like the studio will have a little bit more explaining to do when it comes down to the heroes and the villains. Captain America and Thor kind of speak for themselves. Ant-Man and Yellowjacket, however, aren’t exactly household names, and so the actors tied to Peyton Reed’s upcoming superhero origin story will have to be proactive in educating audience members on their roles in the grand scheme.
In the same interview, Stoll opens up the playbook a bit on his Ant-Man character, Darren Cross – who will go on to become the evil Yellowjacket. He tells the site:
That, basically, helps describe Paul Rudd’s hero, Scott Lang, who starts out as a criminal and reportedly tries to steal the Ant-Man technology from Douglas’ Hank Pym. Remember that first image of Rudd that was shared by Marvel a few weeks back? He looked shady and sinister, and I do think that a good part of the ride on Ant-Man will be characters changing their stripes – going from seemingly bad (like Lang) to begrudgingly good… and possibly starting out with good intentions (like Cross) but then giving in to the temptations of a criminal lifestyle.
Ant-Man has begun filming. It will be in theaters on July 17, 2015.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.