Ant-Man star Paul Rudd heralds a ‘sexy’ new phase for the Marvel franchise

Ant-Man is back for a third film, establishing Paul Rudd as one of the MCU’s elder statesman.

The 53-year-old, previously best known for comedy hits such as Clueless, is dressed down today for this global junket, in a blue shirt over a white T-shirt and an everyman twinkle that saw him voted People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2021, a title that now belongs to Chris Evans, aka Captain America.

‘Chris being named World’s Sexiest Man makes much more sense,’ says Rudd. So which Avenger would he like the mantle to pass on to next? ‘Of course we don’t have to just limit it to the MCU,’ says Rudd.

‘There’s a myriad of sexy franchises out there filled with sexy living males. But if I had to pick someone next, I’ve just been working with Jonathan Majors and have you seen that guy in real life? Come on!’

Fans of the Loki TV series will know Majors as ‘He Who Remains’, a scientist from the 31st century trying to prevent a multiversal war between evil variants of himself.

But Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania marks his first big screen turn as the super-antagonist who defines the MCU’s ‘Phase 5’.

His variant in Quantumania is Kang The Conqueror, initially encountered by Michelle Pfeiffer’s character, Janet, a scientist who brings along her family, husband Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), teen granddaughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton) and daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly), aka The Wasp, who despite being the first female hero to achieve MCU title status in Ant-Man And The Wasp (2018), is now in danger of being sidelined in her own movie.

‘I’m not gonna argue with you,’ says Lilly, when I tell her we’d have liked to see more of her in Quantumania.

But she’s gunning for a solo spin-off, not least because ‘if there was a Wasp standalone film there would be a lot more female creatives involved.’

So, is one on the cards? ‘For the record’, Lilly adds, ‘I’m fully suited up and ready to go.’

Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania is out in cinemas on Friday

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