Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man is among the newer heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He wasn't introduced until the final film of Phase Two, and has only really worked with the Avengers during Captain America: Civil War, which didn't work out well for the ex-con. While he's still a superhero in his own right, he's very much the outsider going into Avengers: Endgame.
Actor Paul Rudd feels much the same way about his involvement in the hotly anticipated Marvel Studios sequel. Participating in a recent press conference for Endgame, Rudd spoke about joining one of the biggest casts in modern film, and how terrified he is about accidentally revealing spoilers.
Over the course of the press conference, more than a few stars nearly spilled plot details. Chris Evans had to be cut off by co-director Joe Russo before he accidentally said too much about Captain America's arc.
While speaking about Nebula and her relationship with adoptive father Thanos, Karen Gillan said, "This has been building through the movies... about how she wants to inflict revenge. I would like to see her try and face that. I don't know if she will. Maybe she won't, I'm not saying anything. I just got really nervous that I might have gave something away!"
Sitting next to her, Rudd turned to the crowd and admitted, "I'm terrified to say anything." When asked about Ant-Man's role, he acknowledged, "I did see the trailer, so I do know that I'm in it. How I fit in, how any of this works, remains to be seen. It's going to be fun for audiences to discover it, along with us. We haven't seen it either."
Rudd then changed the subject, bringing up how he felt being brought into such a big role in Avengers: Endgame. "It's a weird thing to be hired in any job," he said. "And then to, as someone like me, to get to step into as it's already picked up speed, it's like having The Beatles say, 'Come on, jam with us for a while!' It's an unreal situation. It's hard to put into words, honestly. I sit and listen to Joe and Anthony [Russo] speak, I've gotten to know Kevin [Feige]...
"And getting to work with all these actors, in this series of films," Rudd continued. "It'll never happen again. Not for me. I keep taking steps back and trying to recognize this for what it is. And it is so surreal and profound and incredible to be a part of it. It's amazing to meet so many people who are passionate about it. It's incredible to meet so many kids whose lives are affected by these characters. And to play a small part in that, pun intended, it's just something I will always treasure. So to be on this panel today among all of you is just, is just an incredible feeling. I'm so honored."
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau and Bradley Cooper, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Brolin. The film arrives April 26.