Paul Rudd likens joining Marvel in the early years to

Paul Rudd likens joining Marvel in the early years to ‘dancing with the stars’

Paul Rudd looks back on how he got into the MCU and the Ant-Man star said starring in a superhero movie wasn’t part of his plans.

“My agent arranged a meeting with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Marvel was pretty new. They weren’t even part of Disney. It would have been like someone saying: How would you feel about doing Dancing with the Stars? A superhero franchise has never been on my radar,” Rudd told Men’s Health.

He continued, “I never really thought I was the type of actor they would offer these roles to. But when that idea came up, I was thrilled to do something so off left field, and I knew that if word got out that I was going to join a superhero franchise, most people would say, what the heck. k? And I have to wear a superhero suit.”

It was these “left” choices Rudd made in his career that helped him carve out a place in Hollywood, and the Marvel film wasn’t the first time he’d done something like that. Rudd also said that after his breakout film, Clueless, he decided to do a play as a follow-up.

“My agent said: What are you doing? My career was just beginning. But I had a really clear idea at the time of what I wanted and how I wanted to do it,” he explained. “I didn’t want to be seen as a prankster among actors I really admire. I really wanted to learn how to do this properly. I had real focus. Certainly some of the films weren’t as good as I thought they would be, but they were useful, each in their own way.”

Calling Wet Hot American Summer a key film in his career, Rudd adds, “Without that, I don’t know if I could do Anchorman, which was groundbreaking. And I’ve worked with Judd Apatow for years.”

The actor is next set to hit theaters in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.