“marvel is aware of the dan­ger of re­peat­ing them­selves”

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with the fight train­ers, she dug in. I would not want to go toe- to- toe with Evan­ge­line Lilly in a box­ing ring! Hav­ing strong fe­male char­ac­ters in a movie is re­ally im­por­tant to me. Down With Love, my sec­ond movie, is all about that. It’s all about the in­equal­ity of the work­place, and one woman’s at­tempt to sub­vert the male- dom­i­nated work­place in the ’ 60s. In this genre of movie it’s start­ing to be talked about more and more, and right­fully so, that there need to be more fe­male he­roes in this arena. In the comics Yel­lowjacket was orig­i­nally Hank Pym. And Hank Pym had what one might call a touch of schizophre­nia. He was Ant- Man, he was Gi­ant- Man, he was Go­liath, he was Yel­lowjacket, he was briefly Wasp, and then he was back to Ant- Man. When it came time to do the movie I think the feel­ing was well, why not take Yel­lowjacket which is, de­sign- wise, amaz­ingly cool. And it just made sense for the cin­e­matic ver­sion to use this char­ac­ter, Dar­ren Cross, who ex­isted in the comics – he was the vil­lain in Scott Lang’s first ap­pear­ance in Marvel Pre­miere is­sue 47. It made sense to cre­ate a ver­sion where he was Pym’s pro­tégé, and had inklings of this buried Ant- Man tech­nol­ogy that Hank wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily share with him. Now he’s on his own and free to repli­cate and maybe even It’s in­ter­est­ing. You were ask­ing about my de­ci­sion- mak­ing process to come on this film. One of the things in the back of my mind was that these movies are huge, and ex­tremely suc­cess­ful, and Marvel clearly has a way of do­ing things. What’s it go­ing to be like to step into that en­vi­ron­ment? I’m re­ally pleased to re­port that not only do they al­low idio­syn­cratic choices but they re­ally en­cour­age it, be­cause no one is more aware of the dan­ger of re­peat­ing them­selves than Marvel. The cool thing about this uni­verse – which ob­vi­ously par­al­lels the Marvel comics uni­verse that I grew up with – is that you can cre­ate this larger uni­verse that en­com­passes all these he­roes, but also en­com­passes all these rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent tones. And to me that’s kind of the equiv­a­lent of the comics world, where the artist who was draw­ing The Avengers was very dif­fer­ent to the artist who was draw­ing Hulk, who was dif­fer­ent from the artist draw­ing Iron Man – and yet these char­ac­ters could all show up in each other’s comic ti­tles. It’s as­tound­ing – and now al­most seems like a no- brainer, be­cause they’ve done it so well. But ten years ago it was al­most un­heard of. [ Marvel] say, “Let’s make Ant- Man as dis­tinc­tive and dif­fer­ent as we can.” I al­ways look back at last year, 2014 – they re­leased Win­ter Soldier and they re­leased Guardians Of The Gal­axy. And I love both of those movies, but they could not be more tonally dif­fer­ent. And they both suc­ceed on their own and they both suc­ceed as parts of that larger uni­verse. Yeah, and that’s amaz­ing, be­cause I love the first Cap – it’s a full- on WW2 pe­riod, straight- faced movie, and then you take that same char­ac­ter and you put him in this con­tem­po­rary en­vi­ron­ment and it’s a rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent tone, it’s like a ’ 70s po­lit­i­cal thriller. They’re psyched to do that, it’s what they live for. And with the stuff I’ve seen from Civil War that’s another thing al­to­gether… I would be wide open, if we were for­tu­nate enough to make a se­quel to Ant- Man, to throw ev­ery­thing out of the win­dow and go for a dif­fer­ent tone. It’d be great!

Ant- Man opens on 17 July.

Now that’s gotta be fun. Corey Stoll plays Ant- Man’s neme­sis, Yel­lowjacket.

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