Those who felt let down by the first Ant-Man trailer’s lack of comedy can rest easy now that co-star Judy Greer – who plays the title character’s ex-wife – has spoken up about the film. In a new interview, the actress talked a bit about the story, her newfound love for the bite-sized Avenger, and how much comedy we can expect to see in the upcoming superhero blockbuster.
Judging by what we’ve seen of the film so far, the relationship between Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and his daughter will be a major element of the story – something that Greer echoes in her comments:
“[Ant-Man is] my first comic hero that I’ve really researched and fallen for. I also think that the Ant-Man origin story that we tell in our movie is really beautiful and I think there’s something really real about a man trying to better himself for his family.”
Up until this point, we have yet to see a superhero on the big screen who’s a father. Most of the cinematic costumed heroes are either single playboys (like Iron Man and Batman), are about to begin a relationship (Thor, Superman) or are facing the hardships of unrequited love (Spider-Man, Captain America). This is a refreshing change of pace and sets Ant-Man apart from his super-powered compatriots. His father/daughter story won’t be the only focus of the film either, as Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym has a daughter too: Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne.
As far as the comedy goes, Greer admits that she hasn’t seen the final cut of the film, but notes that plenty of improv comedy happened during filming, which is something to be expected when you have people like Paul Rudd and screenwriter Adam McKay in the mix:
“I really like the risks [Marvel is] taking with the comedy in their superhero movies kind of starting with Guardians of the Galaxy… I haven’t seen [Ant-Man] yet but there was a lot of comedy on set and we did a lot of comedic improv. I don’t know what will end up in the movie, but yeah.”
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man is scheduled to crawl into theaters on July 17th, 2015.