- Title: Marvel's smallest superheroes go big for Hollywood premiere
- Date: 26th June 2018
- Summary: ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF ACTOR PAUL RUDD ACTRESS EVANGELINE LILLY ACTRESS MICHELLE PFEIFFER ACTOR MICHAEL DOUGLAS WITH SON CAMERON DOUGLAS
- Embargoed: 10th July 2018 04:59
- Keywords: superheroes Michelle Pfeiffer Michael Douglas Ant-Man and the Wasp Evangeline Lilly premiere Paul Rudd Marvel Hollywood
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES; UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- City: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES; UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film
- Reuters ID: LVA0028LY37T9
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Walt Disney put on a super-sized world premiere for Marvel's smallest superheroes, 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' on Monday (June 25).
A giant Ant-Man towered over the entrance and fans were encouraged to dress up as the titular stars for the evening.
The film, which sees Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) team up with Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to rescue Wasp's mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the quantum realm, is the first Marvel movie in its 20 film history to have a female hero in the title.
Director Peyton Reed told Reuters on the red carpet "People forget the viability of any superhero, male or female, was not a given thing and I think Marvel kind of changed the game. So now that Marvel has had success, they're trying to diversify the types of heroes that they bring to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's been a long time coming and I'm really happy to be the first one to have a female hero in the title of the movie."
Ant-Man and the Wasp's rescue attempt doesn't go unnoticed. A mysterious character called Ghost also has a significant stake in the rescue attempt. Although the character in the comic books has always been male, in the film the enigmatic character is played by British actress Hannah John-Kamen.
Marvel Studios has begun to feature significantly more diversity in their films. They had a global box office hit with 'Black Panther' and their next film is the female superhero 'Captain Marvel', who will be their first female superhero not to share the title of the film with a man.
There have also been rumblings that in the coming films LGBTQ superheroes will also be introduced. Victoria Alonso, who has produced all 20 of the Marvel films to date, told Reuters "Here's the thing. The journey from here to here could take five hours or 18 hours but we will do it. It is coming."
'Ant-Man and the Wasp' will be coming to cinemas in the US on July 6.
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