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“Will audiences accept Paul Rudd as a superhero?”: Ant-Man 3 Director Peyton Reed was Not Sure if the Fans Would Accept Rudd as a Legit Superhero

"Will audiences accept Paul Rudd as a superhero?": Ant-Man 3 Director Peyton Reed was Not Sure if the Fans Would Accept Rudd as a Legit Superhero

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania director Peyton Reed questions will the fans accept Paul Rudd as the Ant-Man superhero. The Ant-Man actor Paul Redd was laughed at due to his sanguine diet and his looks. Paul has been known for roles in romantic comedies and has been criticized for playing Ant-Man.

Paul Rudd as Ant-Man
Paul Rudd as Ant-Man

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Peyton Reed Questions Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man

Peyton Reed in a YouTube video with the Nerdbunker said that both he and Ant-Man actor Paul Rudd wondered whether fans would relate to a character that’s “kind of normal”. Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man is a superhero without a doubt because a superhero’s first job is to come to the rescue and help the people and his family.

Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man has not fallen short in any of those scenarios. Though he was not super powerful or rich like his co-superheroes, it was his idea to use the Quantum Realm to initiate the concept of time travel which was later possible and the reason the Avengers won against Thanos.

“It’s really gratifying because, when Paul and I started on the first movie, it was a question of ‘Will audiences accept Paul Rudd as a superhero? Will people accept Ant-Man, a guy who shrinks and controls ants, as a character?’ And they have, and that’s really gratifying, and I think audiences relate to Scott Lang because he doesn’t have superpowers, he’s not a super-scientist, he’s not a billionaire. He’s kind of a regular person who just happens to get caught up in these adventures. But I think we’ve all grown in kind of what we want to do with the movies and how we see the character, sort of the family dynamics.”

Peyton Reed and Paul Rudd's Ant-Man
Peyton Reed and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man

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Scott Lang’s Evolution as a Superhero and a Father

Paul Rudd’s career with MCU started in 2015 with Ant-Man and then he appeared in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Then in 2018, he starred in Ant-Man and the Wasp and finally in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. Scott Lang now goes up against the main antagonist of entire Phase Five and Six of MCU, Kang the Conqueror, during his adventure in the Quantum Realm in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Paul Rudd's Ant-Man
Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man

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In the upcoming Ant-Man film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the plot explores the dynamic between Cassie played by Kathryn Newton, and Scott Lang. The Ant-Man protagonist, as he was trapped in the Quantum Realm when Thanos wiped out half of the universe for 5 years in Avengers: Infinity War, as a father, he neither could spend time with his family nor did he watch his daughter grow up.

“But I think we’ve all grown and what we want to do with the movies and how we see the character, the family dynamics, to us, after the events of [Avengers: Infinity War] and Endgame, it really occurred to us, obviously, ‘Well, Cassie’s going to be 18 in this movie, that’s great.’ The whole theme is time and how much time he’s missed and his main motivation is just, ‘I want time with my daughter.’ […] But I love the idea of Scott still relating to Cassie as a kid, but she’s not. She’s a young adult now, she has her own ideas about what it means to do good in the world, and she’s trying to find her voice as a hero, and she can also be a little critical of her father.”

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will debut in theaters on February 17, 2023.

Source: Nerdbunker

Written by Rajdeep Majumder

Rajdeep Majumder is a maniac for cold coffee besides being an avid CoD enthusiast and a student of Computer Science. On top of a budding investment in music and pop culture, Rajdeep now has an accumulated interest in the world of film and television. As an aspiring content writer, he can now boast of more than 200 published articles on Fandomwire under his byline. Looking ahead, he can envision himself backpacking across Europe within 5 years’ time.