Corey Stoll Talks ANT-MAN, Playing Yellowjacket, the Script, Working With Michael Douglas and More at Comic-Con

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Corey Stoll is handling being in a tough position rather well.  After all, he was cast by Edgar Wright in Ant-Man some time ago and now finds himself under the stewardship of an entirely different (albeit quite capable) director in Peyton Reed.  But Stoll himself seems cool as a cucumber under these circumstances (not to mention proving himself remarkably adept at fielding tricky questions).

After the Marvel panel this past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Stoll fielded questions from reporters (Steve being among them) about the nature of his role as Yellowjacket and the status of the script.  He also gives some impressions of SDCC as a whole.  Hit the jump for our Ant-Man interview with Corey Stoll.

Be sure to check out our SDCC interviews with Peyton Reed and Paul Rudd.

Corey Stoll: 

  • 0:00 – Stoll wasn’t familiar with the character when he first read the piece, but likes all versions of the script.  The relationships between the characters all work and he loves the power of the characters.
  • 0:52 - Stoll talks about some of the costumes he has seen on the floor at SDCC. 
  • 1:28 – Stoll confirms he has scenes with Michael Douglas and is thrilled to work with him.
  • 1:39 – He was always going to be playing Yellowjacket when he signed on to the project.
  • 1:49 – The script is still being tweaked and he has yet to read the absolute final version.
  • 1:58 – Says he would rather fight ants than bees in real life.


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  • MatadorFury13

    I grew up on Avenger comics, and I believe in this film with or without Edgar Wright. The fact that they are trying a completely different direction [with Hank Pym being an aging hero and introduce Scott Lang as our real hero (if that is what we are meant to believe)] is truly bold. People need to realize that Edgar Wright may have had some great ideas, but him and those ideas may not have fit into the Marvel Universe sadly. I believe in the Marvel Universe. The truth is at this point with GOTG premiering this weekend and more surprises to come, I am going to avoid all Marvel news so I can enjoy.

    • Oliver Queen

      Totally agree with you, plus after the reveal that Yellowjacket and Ant-Man will be two different people i read a lot of complaints and people asking for Edgar back but this interview confirms that it was the idea from the beginning to have them be separate and have Ant-Man face Yellowjacket even back when Edgar was attached.

    • Grayden

      I’m ready to move on but I still don’t understand how Wright’s ideas/vision doesn’t fit in with the MCU, when it was HIS vision for Ant-Man that precipitated the MCU as we know it. It’s not as if the MCU has gone through a radical change in the past six years; it’s grown organically.

      Honestly, I don’t think that’s the reason Wright left. I think Marvel wanted his vision to become something different and they’ve tried to keep the story elements the same without changing too much. We may never know what the whole story is. Or, at least until after the film comes out and the NDA expires.

    • Grayden

      I’m ready to move on but I still don’t understand how Wright’s ideas/vision doesn’t fit in with the MCU, when it was HIS vision for Ant-Man that precipitated the MCU as we know it. It’s not as if the MCU has gone through a radical change in the past six years; it’s grown organically.

      Honestly, I don’t think that’s the reason Wright left. I think Marvel wanted his vision to become something different and they’ve tried to keep the story elements the same without changing too much. We may never know what the whole story is. Or, at least until after the film comes out and the NDA expires.

  • Cedhollywood

    Pym or Lang is not YellowJacket? Forget all that new direction crap and changing what’s already been established nonsense. Sometimes that works and a lot of times it just doesn’t. That’s what Star Trek Into Plagiarist tried to do which horrified the true fans. Same thing with The Lone Ranger and the Man of Steel. What made some of these characters popular in the first place for over thirty,fifty or more years is that they had great characterization to begin with. They stood the test of time because of the way they were originally. Sure over the years there have been minor tweaks and additions to there origin,powers etc etc. But c’mon with this somebody else besides “Ant-Man” is going to be YellowJacket. Hank Pym who should’ve been THE only Ant-Man for this movie has a great deep troubled history. From a corny comedic actor to changing the fact that it was Pym who created Ultron and this YellowJacket being a completely new character is a call for enough is enough. This “Mickey Mouse” summer movie for all ages could’ve been a very different darker Marvel super-hero movie that most have been waiting for ever since The Dark Knight.

    • eternalozzie

      Wow … first too call people who liked Into Darkness not true Star Trek fans is ridiculous on many levels … to call it “Into Plagiarist” is more ridiculous because it was paying homage to The Wrath Of Khan. (Unless your plagiarism comment is referring to something else.)

      I shared a lot of your points of view until I started learning some of the details of this film and it sounds like it has a pretty solid story foundation … it sounds like the project is coming together well now that Wright has exited.

      Not everything has to be dark and gritty Nolan’s Batman series … the third movie is battling it out with Spider-man 3 for the worst main stream super hero ever made … to tell you the truth the only thing gritty about the series was the great Joker performance.

      Hearing everything I have heard so far leaves me very excited for Ant-man and I will be there opening day.

      • D

        Seriously, when will people accept that Christopher Nolan’s “dark and gritty” aesthetic (if we’re calling it that) is not the end-all be-all of comic book movie tone, and has no place in what Marvel has built so far. DC can keep that tone for BS: Department of Justice. I like that Marvel movies actually have some fun. Also I even find them more emotionally affecting than their drearier cousins. “Darker” doesn’t necessarily mean better.

        Also, come on, someone else can put on the Yellowjacket suit and still be called Yellowjacket. I’d rather have a villain whose origins and powers are closely tied to the hero’s, especially for an origin story, so I think it makes perfect sense. If Scott Lang steals the Ant-Man suit and becomes heroic, it makes sense if he has a counter who takes Yellowjacket and becomes villainous.

      • Cedhollywood

        Never said every super hero movie should have a “dark tone”. I said that Ant-Man could’ve been the one out of all of all the rest that is needed to have a dark edge next to the happy go lucky other marvel films.

      • appolox

        Why does a Marvel movie need to be dark period? If your lookin for dark comics DC and Dark Horse have some excellent ones like Batman, Hellboy, Constantine and Sin City. Marvel is all about sheer fun escapism. They always have been since Stan the man Lee created most of them all those years ago. If it’s not your style that’s fine though. Just want you to understand the difference.

    • GrimReaper07

      A movie called Ant-Man was never, not in a million years, going to be a dark movie, let alone be comparable to The Dark Knight.

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