‘Hawkeye’ Director Reveals He Wanted Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man In Series

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Hawkeye director Rhys Thomas says he fought for the Disney Plus show to include Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man.

The first two episodes of Hawkeye just dropped on Disney Plus, and the series introduced a few new characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, most notably Kate Bishop. There are rumors Vincent D’Onofrio will return as Kingpin in the series and director Rhys Thomas teased some future reveals and shared with The Playlist that he fought to include Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man in the show:

“I don’t want to reveal anything because we do kinda get to introduce [some characters]. Here’s one—Ant-man. Paul [Rudd] and Jeremy’s dynamic together I enjoy. I enjoyed their press tour dynamic when they were on the ‘Avengers’ run. So [Ant-Man] was a character that felt like a fun way to play at the absurdity of Clint’s situation…but I did get to have a little nod to that.”

With the Paul Rudd apperance nixed, the Hawkeye director further explained the process of pitching at Marvel Studios while developing the series:

“I’d be firing off these notes and ideas. Sometimes, I’d wake up in the middle of the night and think, ‘I’ve solved it!’ And you get all excited about pitching it, and then that’s when someone like Kevin [Feige], the overarching brain of it all, will go, ‘Yeah, that’s really good and all but yeah, we’re already doing that in this movie.’….They don’t overwhelm you. They don’t go, ‘Okay, here’s a big book and plan, so make sure you don’t touch the sides, don’t do that.’ They really just wait for you to stumble into them, and they kinda push you back in another direction.”

Paul Rudd may not be in Hawkeye, but he will return in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. In the meantime, here’s the synopsis for Hawkeye:

Former Avenger Clint Barton has a seemingly simple mission: get back to his family for Christmas. Possible? Maybe with the help of Kate Bishop, a 22-year-old archer with dreams of becoming a Super Hero. The two are forced to work together when a presence from Barton’s past threatens to derail far more than the festive spirit.

Hawkeye stars Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Brian d’Arcy James, and Alaqua Cox. Florence Pugh is expected to return in her Black Widow role.

New episodes of Hawkeye debut every Wednesday, exclusively on Disney Plus. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the series, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: The Playlist

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.