I attended the #AntmanAndTheWaspEvent on behalf of Disney and ABC in Los Angeles 5/23-5/25. This post is part of the required content series, all opinions and experiences are my own.
Laurence Fishburne plays Dr. Bill Foster in the new Marvel film, Ant-Man And The Wasp. Check out our interview with him, he is a comic nerd too!
Laurence Fishburne walks into the room during the Antman And The Wasp press junket with a coolness and swagger about him. Seriously, I bet if you were to Google the term “super cool dudes”, his picture would appear. I am not super cool, my kids would probably make fun of me for using the term “super cool” in the first place, but Laurence is so cool that he makes “super cool” look cool! He spoke with confidence and a calmness, a tone you expect someone to have with his amount of swag. Am I painting a well enough picture for you (?) because it is important for the rest of this story. So picture ‘Super Cool” Laurence Fishburne, with his calm voice, start discussing Marvel and then picture his transformation from “all cool and collected” to “totally geeked out”.
Yes, Laurence Fishburne is a total comic book nerd and it is obvious from the way his eyes light up when he is discussing comics and his role as Dr. Bill Foster in Antman And The Wasp! To back up this theory that he is indeed a comic nerd, Laurence himself confesses “I would have played a fly on the wall. I would have played a piece of debris in the Marvel Universe.“
Now Laurence Fishburne is not new to being a part of a comic book film, he had parts in Man Of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice. We will forgive him for being in a DC movie, however I did have to bring it up in the interview. In fact, I told him I would not make him choose between Marvel and DC but did ask him to discuss being in a Marvel movie and why it was better. Ha!
You’ve answered your own question. No first and foremost, I started reading comic books when I was very young. Probably like eight or nine years old. 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.”
True dat, Laurence.
Here are some more highlights from our interview with him:
On The Father/Daughter Theme In The Film
It’s one of the best things about the Ant Man character as Paul Rudd plays it, his primary relationship, his most important relationship is with his daughter. And it’s executed, I think, brilliantly in both movies.
On Joining The MCU
I wanted very much to be a part of the MCU because of the way it was progressing. They were doing such great things. Louis D’Esposito and I had worked together about thirty years ago – we were both on the Disney lot. So, I asked to have a meeting with him and said, “Look, I’ll do whatever you need me to do but I really would like to be a part of the MCU if there’s any way that you can see that I can do that.” And they came back and said, “There’s this character, Bill Foster”, who I was not aware of -oddly enough because I wasn’t an Ant-Man reader. I was like Spider Man, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Avengers, X-Men. So they presented this character to me and I met with the director and we got on really well ‘because he’s also a guy who’s in his fifties who loves comics. It just kind of organically happened.
Who Would Laurence Like To See Join The MCU?
This character already has their own movie. And it’s coming. What I love about Captain Marvel, if you don’t know the history of Captain Marvel, Thanos is a Captain Marvel villain, and Captain Marvel is kickin’ his ass regularly. So I’m so excited to see that.
What Super-Hero Character Would Laurence Love To Play?
There was a character that I would have loved to have done. I couldn’t do it now at my age. It would be a character that a younger actor should do at this point. But there was a character in Marvel Universe called Brother Voodoo who was kinda freaky and weird. And supernatural. That would be a cool thing to see. There’s some villains who probably should have had some movies. Like the character that Thomas Hayden Church played, the Sandman. He could have had an interesting plot because the Sandman was a villain, but there was also this other part of him. There was this humanity in him that could’ve been interesting.
Laurence Fishburne was just as surprised about the mid-credit scene as the rest of us! His response while watching it may or may not have had the “S” word in it! You can read all about it the mid-credit scene and how Marvel keeps their secrets over on this post.