“Ant-Man and the Wasp” Press Conference: 8 Things We Learned
Ant-Man and the Wasp is set to release in theaters on July 6th, 2018. The press conference was held last weekend with most of the cast in attendance including Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, director Peyton Reed, and producer Kevin Feige. As the cast and creators discussed the making of the film and their experiences, the press conference was a lot like the film: filled with laughs and a fun time for all!
- The most challenging scene in the film according to Peyton Reed: “we did a whole car chase that took us through the city of San Francisco and we wanted to do a chase that… you just simply wouldn’t see in any other movie because of all the… size changes. So that was probably the biggest challenge.”
- We’ve not seen the last of the Quantum Realm in the Marvel Universe. Kevin Feige says “Well, I mean, yeah, without giving anything away, we love, you know, these… they’re all storytelling tools; new places, new things. In the first film it was, we got a glimpse of it for people who like to go through frame-by-frame, there were a little silhouette of… of Janet as the Wasp in there, which is a big story element in this movie. There are things that you see back there… that Peyton has put in there — where and how they pay off in the near term, in the long term… remains to be seen.”
- Evangeline Lilly loves quantum physics. “I really love quantum physics and always did before this happened and that’s one of the reasons I was excited about this brand, was I really dig quantum physics and you know, at one point we thought the atom was the beyond all and end all; that everything ended at the atom. That was the smallest nucleus in the world. But actually, we discovered that the atom is kinetic. And that atoms exist in multiple places at the same time. And that was scientifically proven and once you discover that, then you know that matter is kinetic and matter is displacing all the time and if it can be displaced, it can be warped. So if you can warp it then you can warp size, you can warp matter and also, can you warp time? Can you warp reality? Can you warp universes? Right?”
- Evangeline Lilly teaches her son the difference between good guys and bad guys from a different perspective. She says, “honey you know that there really is no such thing as a bad guy. Right? They’re only just good guys, who have made so many bad choices, they’ve forgotten how to make good choices. And a true hero’s job is to remind them of their goodness. Not to annihilate them, to kill them. You know, it’s to help them redeem themselves. And I think that’s applicable to life. Superhero stories are fun and they’re a totally different world, but what I think is cool and is that… to have redeemable villains, you’re teaching children that if you encounter somebody that might have a different opinion than you, that doesn’t mean they’re a villain. If they have a different objective than you, it doesn’t mean you should attack them. Maybe you want to try to understand them first.”
- Fishburne read Marvel but didn’t know his character prior to the film. “Although I was… a Marvel reader and a D.C. reader,
but mostly Marvel — I did not know about Bill Foster.”
- Peyton Reed always wanted Ant-Man films under 2 hours. “We always had this Ant-Man philosophy on the first movie and on this one — I always wanted these movies to be under two hours. Firstly because they’re comedies and secondly because the first one’s sort of a heist movie and this is still sort of a crime/science fiction/Elmore Leonard novel, as a Marvel movie thing and it needed to have a lot of forward momentum.”
- Evangeline wants an all-female Avengers. “I don’t know, but I just personally have an enormous crush on Okoye and would love a chance to hang out with Danai as much as possible, so let’s just say that. Besides the fact that I am personally going to continue to keep the rumor and gossip about an all-female Avengers film going… until it happens.”
- Wasp was originally supposed to be introduced in Civil War. Evangeline Lilly says, “originally, Wasp was going to be introduced in Captain America: Civil War; that was the original plan. And I never expressed it at the time, because of course, how can you? But like secretly I was like… hmm. She’s not going to get an Origins film. Oh, well, you know, it’s okay; I’m just stoked to be here, dude. Like I’m just happy that I get to put on a suit. And then when I… I got a call saying… we’ve decided not to put you in Civil War — and there was this moment, I could tell where the feeling in the room was like… but don’t… like I’m sorry; it’s like don’t be offended. And I was like, no-no-no. Are they going to say what I think they’re going to say? And then they said what I thought they were going to say, which is because we really want to dedicate a film to introducing this female superhero and we don’t want her just to be a side note in this larger story. And that was so exciting for me. And then I still didn’t know that there was going to be double billing. That didn’t come till later and that was presented to me as a surprise, by email with… a screen cap of the title and so that was pretty cool.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6th!