8:54pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Paul Rudd on Joining Marvel Universe: "It's Been A Surreal Ride"
The strangest part of stepping into a Marvel Studios movie for Paul Rudd, the Ant-Man actor says, isn't the slipping into a superhero costume and saving the world. No, it really gets weird when you meet all the other guys who do that for a living.
"It's been an interesting thing, because I also just went and worked a little bit on Captain America 3," Rudd explained on the latest episode of The Best Show. "To be in that Marvel world, but kind of somewhat in the bubble [on Ant-Man], and now to kind of have these experiences where I'm standing opposite Captain America — it's been a surreal ride so far. It's really only just starting."
After his debut in next month's Ant-Man, Rudd will make his second appearance in next year's Captain America: Civil War, alongside ... well, almost every other Marvel hero to date. (Only Hulk, Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy are missing from the announced line-up to date, with Mark Ruffalo suggesting that at least one of those characters will, in fact, make an appearance in the movie after all.)
Although Rudd describes his role as "a little bit," that could be misdirection (or, better yet, an Ant-Man-related pun); in comic book mythology, Ant-Man was a founding Avenger and important player in many storylines. As for the comment of his involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe "only just starting," perhaps fans should start wondering if he'll show up in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, if not an as-yet-unannounced Ant-Man 2 at some point.
Civil War is currently in production for a May 2016 release. Ant-Man is released July 15.