“I had seen enough of both Marvel films and other comic book films with my kids to say, ‘Why didn’t they ever offer me one of those? This looks pretty cool,'” Douglas said of being offered the role. “As a producer, I love to do these kinds of special effects. When it came, along with about two years of the ‘Ant-Man’ comics to learn a little bit about the Hank Pym character and I started getting into it… my son grabbed the script from me and said, ‘Is this Ant-Man?… Dad, you don’t have to read it. Just do it — this is a whole new audience for you.’ He was like my agent! I took them to heart and looked at it and here we are. I’m having a ball.”
As to his future with Marvel Studios, however, he revealed, “I’m not signed up to anything more. If it comes up… I’ve really enjoyed the experience. They’re an amazing group, this whole Marvel family. I’ve learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way, but — if not — I’ve enjoyed the experience… I think in this one I had to carry a lot of plot and exposition. In the next one, I hope things get a little more bizarre… the Quantum Realm!”
Douglas also spoke to the way the script changed between Edgar Wright’s departure and Adam McKay’s arrival. “The family relationship dynamics are the same, the caper — having the whole sense of it being a caper — existed, Paul [Rudd]’s coming out of a jail was in the original, and the third act break in was all pretty much there in principle. It was a little more characterization.”
However, “Paul [Rudd] and Adam [McKay’s] re-write bought a lot more humor. I accused Paul of bringing a lot more humor to his character! Michael Pena can take care of himself. I, on the other hand, was left giving the exposition and the plot, which I was happy to do.”
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