Ant-Man and the Wasp is a sequel to 2015’s superhero film Ant-Man. Hannah John-Kamen joins the cast as the movie’s villain the Ghost. She recently talked about her character’s motivations. And co-star Evangeline Lilly talked about explaining heroes and villains to her young son.
VILLAINS ARE ALWAYS THE GOOD GUY
At a press conference for Ant-Man and the Wasp, Hannah was asked about playing a bad guy. A good villain always thinks they are the hero. “I definitely approach the character, not as a villain, at all. Definitely a threat to the characters and the heroes of the movie. I guess when you play a villain, you have to play it like you’re the good guy and everyone else is bad.”
“So, everyone else is the bad guy, and you’re the good guy. And the stakes are so high. She has such a clear objective in the movie and you know, every man for himself. Every woman for herself [LAUGHS].”
MARVEL’S NEW VILLAINS
Thanos and Killmonger may be the vanguard of a new type of Marvel villain. Not bad guys who just want to rule the world. But ones that have persuasive arguments. Not necessarily ones you completely agree with. People who are doing the wrong things for the right reasons.
Commenting of Marvel’s villains, Hannah said, “I think with the villains, I mean what the Marvel Universe does so well is it’s not black and white. It’s very gray, you know? And I think the villains are very redeemable and because they’re fun and you want to see them again.”
A TRUE HERO’S JOB
Evangeline Lilly, who plays the Wasp, added, “I have a seven-year-old son and he loves violent movies. And [LAUGHTER] he likes to taunt me by telling me, Mom, I love violence. Because he knows I hate it. And he always, when he talks about good guys and bad guys in movies, I always feel a responsibility to clarify for him.”
“Honey you know that there really is no such thing as a bad guy. Right? They’re only just good guys, who have made so many bad choices. They’ve forgotten how to make good choices. And a true hero’s job is to remind them of their goodness. Not to annihilate them, to kill them. You know, it’s to help them redeem themselves.”
“And I think that’s applicable to life. Superhero stories are fun and they’re a totally different world, but what I think is cool and is that… to have redeemable villains, you’re teaching children that if you encounter somebody that might have a different opinion than you, that doesn’t mean they’re a villain. If they have a different objective than you, it doesn’t mean you should attack them. Maybe you want to try to understand them first [APPLAUSE].”
Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters July 6, 2018. Josh Bailey Authentic Jersey