Paul Rudd Improvised Marvel’s Most Controversial Joke in New ‘Avengers’ Project

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Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp (left) and Paul Rudd as Ant Man (right)

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe could have panned out a lot different if Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man killed Thanos (Josh Brolin) a certain way, but the tiny superhero refused. Thanks to Paul Rudd’s improvisation, Marvel’s most infamous joke has resurfaced on the new Disney Wish cruise ship.

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The Disney Wish has set sail across the wild blue. Every Marvel fan is eating up the fantastic Worlds of Marvel dining experience, in which Guests encounter their favorite Avengers during the “Quantum Encounter.”

Among the list includes Scott Lang/Ant-Man and the Hope Van Dyne/Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), with Paul Rudd delivering the highlight of many Guests’ cruise experience:

Ant-Man finally answers THE question.

In true Paul Rudd fashion, the actor ad-libbed the now-famous Disney Wish moment, making it clear that his comedic chops are still up to par.

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man
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In an exclusive interview with The Direct, Imagineer Danny Handke reveals that Paul Rudd took the Michael Waldron script and “took the script and improvised it”:

“Before we shoot, we usually bring in a Marvel writer to help punch the script and it was Michael Waldron; he added more jokes and things. And, Scott Lang, the whole thing about him was he’s nervous about giving a presentation. He’s never – post-Endgame – been a public speaker before, so this is one of his first public speaking engagements we get to witness. And so Michael put the Thanos joke in there as kind of an icebreaker for him that’s super awkward, and Hope is like, ‘Oh my gosh. What are you talking about?'”

Michael Pena as Luis and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man
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Though Michael Waldron penned the initial Thanos joke for Worlds of Marvel, Imagineering wasn’t sure if the bit would even make it to the project’s final cut:

“Then, we were like, can we get away this? We’re not sure; and would Paul be willing to do this knowing that it’s this big meme and everything? And, he did it in his own Paul way. He took the script and improvised it and created this really funny version of it and that’s what made it into the show.”

While it’s unclear what Waldron’s original Thanos joke looked it, Paul Rudd made the icebreaker his own and further cemented the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) as a highly anticipated Marvel movie.

More about the Disney Wish

Disney Wish—the newest ship to join the Disney Cruise Line family—sets sail in Summer 2022. Be among the first to experience the all-new enchantment on board, where fantastical worlds and beloved stories from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar are brought to life like never before.

Disney Wish at Port Canaveral
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Joining Disney Magic, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wonder, the Disney Wish at port Canaveral and Everglades is another incredibly innovative addition to the Disney Cruise Line. The Disney Wish is filled to the brim with magic, including a first-of-its-kind AquaMouse, a Disney attraction at sea, similar to the AquaDuck. The ship also features fantastic dining opportunities for the whole family, with restaurants themed to your favorite character, scenes,s and music from Frozen and Marvel, and even a Star Wars lounge area!

More about Marvel

With so much content coming out over the next year, every Marvel fan is more than ready to see the highly anticipated Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) in theaters on July 8, with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) hitting theaters on November 11.

natailie portman (left) as jane foster and chris hemsworth (right) as thor gazing at each other in thor: love and thunder
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The Marvel Universe is becoming much more than iconic characters/Earth’s Mightiest Heroes like Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Thanos (Josh Brolin).

Tom Holland’s Avenger is leading the way for Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomers Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld),  Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), Eternals’ Thena (Angelina Jolie), and more — especially with his next Spider-Man trilogy that’s currently in the works.

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