Marvel Star Says Acting For MCU Was Easiest Job Of Their Life

By Charlene Badasie | Published

Kathryn Newton says her role in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was the easiest acting job of her life compared to her latest role in the horror film Abigail. “[Abigail] was, physically, actually harder than Ant-Man,” the actress said of playing Cassie Lang in the threequel. “Ant-Man was the easiest job of my life. It was really fun.”

Newton Finds Green Screen Acting Easy

She went on to explain the difference between both roles. “[Abigail] was just as fun, but it was different,” Kathryn Newton continued. “We had a real set, we had real props, real people. So whatever inspiration you get is from what’s happening right in front of you, and I didn’t have to make it up. There was no green screen. And that was much more freeing than I was prepared for.”

Get Ready To Feel Really Old

In the MCU, actors predominantly act against a green screen, which requires a lot of imagination. While Kathryn Newton was not too fussed about it and still found her job easy, the screen work left Madame Web star Dakota Johnson unsure about her performance as she had to react to explosions that were completely computer generated.

Despite being more prepared for Abigail, Kathryn Newton would love to play Cassie Lang again, especially since the character was name-dropped in The Marvels. “In the Marvel universe, you hope for that,” she said. I grew up watching Iron Man, and I feel like I grew up with that character. So if I get an opportunity to continue the story, then that would be so cool.”

Newton’s Big Marvel Break

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Kathryn Newton’s Cassie Lang is the daughter of Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, who also happens to be Ant-Man. In Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Cassie is a teenager and has become an advocate for people displaced by the blip. Newton has previously described the character as using her power for good and being a neighborhood hero, similar to Spider-Man.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania follows the titular heroes as they explore the Quantum Realm, a mysterious and dangerous subatomic universe, to save their family and the world from a new villain, Kang the Conqueror. The film was released in theaters in 2023 and has received mixed reviews from critics and audiences.

The Young Avengers

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Due to the film only earning $476.1 million at the global box office, against a budget of $326.6 million, a fourth movie in the Ant-Man franchise has reportedly been scrapped. According to insiders, the decision is due to Marvel Studios wanting to focus on guaranteed hits and taking fewer risks. So if Kathryn Newton does return as Cassie Lang, it will likely be in a Young Avengers project.

While Marvel hasn’t announced a Young Avengers project, they have been introducing young heroes to the MCU. This includes Kate Bishop (Hawkeye), Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel), Billy and Tommy Maximoff (WandaVision), Eli Bradley (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), Kid Loki (Loki), America Chavez (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), and Riri Williams (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever).

Abigail Is Out Now

Meanwhile, fans can see Kathryn Newton as Sammy in the vampire horror comedy Abigail. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett direct the movie, and it is based on a script by Stephen Shields and Guy Busick. The story, based on the 1936 Universal Classic Monsters film Dracula’s Daughter, follows a group of kidnappers who abduct the daughter of a powerful man and demand $50 million for her release.

However, they are unaware that the girl is actually a vampire. Along with Kathryn Newton, Abigail stars Alisha Weir as the titular character, alongside Dan Stevens, Melissa Barrera, Will Catlett, Kevin Durand, Angus Cloud, and Giancarlo Esposito. The movie premiered at the 2024 Overlook Film Festival before it hit theaters on April 19. The film has received positive reviews from critics and earned $16 million so far.

Source: CinePop

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