The very beautiful Evangeline Lilly has been talking about why she decided to join the Marvel universe and Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman, is talking about when we might see him in action…
Lilly will play Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Janet Van Dyne and love interest to Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang. But it seems she wasn’t always keen on jumping into the Marvel-movieverse: “Initially, I was like, no way. No way. And then they said, ‘Paul Rudd’s playing the lead.’ And I was like, ‘Oh I love Paul Rudd. I really want to work with him!’ So I was like, ‘OK, well, send me the script. I’ll read it and I’ll consider it.’ And then I started watching Marvel [Studios] movies , which I hadn’t done before. … I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to movies — like, the popcorn-munching movies, I never go see them. I was pleasantly surprised. I thought, these are actually incredible — they’re making fantastic films.”
She also addresses the departure of Edgar Wright and wha the impact would have been on the Marvel movies had he stayed: “We all, I think, signed on very enthusiastically with Edgar. We were excited to work with Edgar. We were fans of Edgar. So when the split happened, I was in the fortunate position where I had not signed my contract yet. So I had the choice to walk away, and I almost did. Because I thought, Well, if it’s because Marvel are big bullies, and they just want a puppet and not someone with a vision, I’m not interested in being in this movie . Which is what I was afraid of.
“I finally got the script literally the day before I was supposed to go in for fittings… I saw with my own eyes that Marvel had just pulled the script into their world. I mean, they’ve established a universe and everyone has come to expect a certain aesthetic [and] a certain feel for Marvel films. And what Edgar was creating was much more in the Edgar Wright camp of films. They were very different. And I feel like, if [Marvel] had created Edgar’s incredible vision — which would have been, like, classic comic book — it would have been such a riot to film [and] it would have been so much fun to watch. [But] it wouldn’t have fit in the Marvel Universe. It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was. It just would have taken you away from this cohesive universe they’re trying to create. And therefore it ruins the suspended disbelief that they’ve built.”
But she assures that much of Wright’s baby is still in there: “I thought Edgar’s idea to blend the [Hank and Scott] stories was brilliant.
“You’re going to have fans up there who insist that you tell the story of Hank Pym, and fans up there who will be more on the Scott Lang side of it. … I think we are going to come close to pleasing them all. And what’s cool is that, you know, Janet Van Dyne is my mom. Hank Pym is my father. I was raised by two superheroes. I’m no schlump. I’m a pretty smart, competent, capable, kick-ass female. She’s very cool.”
On an unrelated note, actress Judy Greer (below) has also confirmed who she’s playing in Ant-man: “I’m Paul Rudd’s estranged ex-wife. We have a daughter together and our relationship is, well, estranged, but I feel like my character is still rooting for him to succeed. I guess that’s about as much as I can say.”
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In a related field – sort of – Variety have been chatting to Chadwick Boseman about being Black Panther and the actor has hinted that we’ll see him before the standalone movie: “There’s a director on the movies that I’m introduced, but not for ‘Black Panther. Just being a part of that discussion is huge. You’re reading the comic books and you have ideas about how that’s gonna happen and you can discuss that.”
There is speculation that, while it’s been said we’ll meet T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War, we may meet him first in Avengers: Age of Ultron next summer, especially since rumours insist that Andy serkis is Pamther villain Ulysses Klaw and Vibranium will feature in the movie – this suggest that Black Panther’s native land Wakanda (the source of (Vibranium) will be in the movie and surely this is the place to meet T’Challa – even if he’s not suited up?
“I’m excited,” says Boseman.
“Beyond excited, it’s like to the point where you feel numb and then your mind goes off into, ‘Ok, how do I achieve that?’ The great thing about it is that the actual character is unique in a lot of ways. I can’t think of another character that’s like the leader of a nation and is a superhero at the same time. There are a lot of different ways this story can go, ways that they can do it, so I’m really just excited about how it fits into the bigger picture of what Marvel is doing.”
Ant-man is due in cinemas 17 July 2015 and Black Panther is due on November 3, 2017.