Michelle Pfeiffer opens up about what it was that drew her to signing on for Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. While the first Ant-Man may have gone through some messy creative changes prior to filming, the comedic Marvel outing went on to be a critical and financial success in its own right, even if it may not have had the same kind of impact as some of the other, bigger MCU installments. Based on how well-liked Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang has become among audience members, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Marvel is already hard at work on bringing an Ant-Man sequel to the big screen next year, this time with Scott sharing the spotlight more with Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp.
In continuation with Marvel’s recent star-studded casting patterns, Ant-Man and the Wasp features an immensely exciting lineup of new cast members to its returning ensemble. And out of all of those cast members, perhaps none are quite as notable or important as Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet Van Dyne, whom fans have been waiting to see ever since the character was first mentioned in Ant-Man two years ago.
This won’t be Pfeiffer’s first foray into the comic book genre by any means, following her memorable turn as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. But while recently speaking with Variety, Pfeiffer opened up about why she agreed to play Janet in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which marks her long-awaited return to the genre:
“It had this great sense of humor about it and just this unusual tone. This new script has the same thing. It’s nicely written.”
Going into the first Ant-Man two years ago, fans were busy with speculation about why Hank Pym’s superhero wife was missing from its cast of characters. But once it was revealed that Janet had gone missing decades prior to the events of the film, after going subatomic in 1987 during a mission to stop a Russian missile, fans quickly began discussing when the beloved comic book character would finally make her full-fledged debut on the big screen. Especially since Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang went subatomic at the end of the first Ant-Man, and lived to tell the tale.
There have been few plot details released from Ant-Man and the Wasp up until this point, including how Pfeiffer’s Janet returns from the quantum realm or what role she will play in the film’s overall story. However, a rumored flashback to 1987 may play a big role in explaining what happened to Janet for the many years she spent trapped in the quantum realm. But it sounds like it was Ant-Man‘s humorous and fun tone that drew Pfeiffer to the project in the first place, which means fans will just have to rest easy for the time being, knowing that Ant-Man and the Wasp will, at the very least, continue to boast that same tone and style.
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