Crossing over from DC to Marvel? Yes, Laurence Fishburne is one of the few that have done it. He is Dr. Bill Foster in AntMan and The Wasp. He confirmed during our conversation that as a comic lover he couldn’t be happier! The big question is, Will You Pull a Laurence Fishburne Watching AntMan And The Wasp? Read our Exclusive Laurence Fishburne AntMan And The Wasp Interview to know what I am talking about.
I was invited by Disney to the AntMan and the Wasp Set in Atlanta in Pinewood Studios. All geeking out over The Wasp and opinions shared are my own.
Exclusive Laurence Fishburne AntMan and The Wasp Interview
As Laurence Fishburne walked into our interview, he said he has found out about us and our work He congratulated us and cheered us on! He also said it was a pleasure to sit with us. Way to start, don’t you think? Then we geeked out together when we discovered he is a huge comic fan. Naturally, we mentioned how he had already done DC and roles (Batman vs Superman, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer). So, of course, we had to ask what that was like.
“I started reading comic books when I was very young, probably like 8 or 9 years old. And I always read DC and Marvel. I love them both. I’m grateful and happy to be a part of that small group of actors who’ve been in both Universes. And for anybody who thinks I’m perhaps disloyal to one or the other, all I can say is, look, I paid money for both comic books.”.
Getting the Antman And The Wasp Role
Laurence Fishburne got involved in Marvel movies after running into Tim Story, director of Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and telling him he was Norrin Radd. The director asked who that was and Fishburne set out to share all his comic knowledge with him. His Bill Foster role came via Louis D’Esposito. They both had worked a few years back together and he asked to meet with him and talk about the possibility. Needless to say, Laurence Fishburne was beyond happy. “I would have played a fly on the wall. I would have played a piece of debris in the Marvel Universe.”.
Father-Daughter Relationships in Antman and The Wasp
Bill Foster is not only Hank Pym’s ex-partner at S.H.I.E.L.D. In this film, he plays kind of a father figure for Ava a.k.a. The Ghost. When we touched upon the father-daughter relationships in the movie, he agreed and said:“It’s one of the best things about the AntMan character as Paul Rudd plays it; his most important relationship is with his daughter. And it’s executed brilliantly in both movies.” If you want to find out if AntMan and The Wasp is kid-friendly read my thoughts on that.
A Word on Playing Villains
Since it really didn’t matter to him what he was doing in a Marvel movie, as long as he could be a part of it, I don’t think to be a villain would have been something he would have rejected. In his mind: “Heroes, villains, whatever it is, as long as you can make them human then it’s fun. You want to humanize them and allow the audience to have the experience of maybe I don’t like what he’s doing or maybe I don’t like what she’s doing, but there’s something in them that reminds me of me.”.
AntMan and The Wasp Diversity
As someone that knows his comics, Laurence Fishburne shared how Marvel comics has had diversity for a while: “Marvel was being inclusive and they were really, really doing things that were diverse as early as ’68. Black Panther appears in the comics of ’68, Goliath appears in the ‘70s. Sam, the Falcon, appears in the ‘70s. Robbie appears in the ‘70s, and women are always out front in the Marvel Universe and have been since the beginning. So it’s nice that they’ve been able to take the source material and bring it into the now. To be a real reflection, or at least a closer reflection, to what the real world looks like.”.
Will You Pull a Laurence Fishburne Watching AntMan And The Wasp?
As I mentioned in a few of my #AntManAndTheWaspEvent tweets, you must sit through TWO post-credit clips. Laurence Fishburne had no idea about them and as he watched them his reaction was:
I had a similar one. Will you pull a Laurence Fishburne? You need to go get your tickets, watch the movie tomorrow July 6th, and tell me if you did Pull a Laurence Fishburne too!