TWIM rings in the sophomore season of Marvel's Luke Cage with showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker!

The second season of “Marvel’s Luke Cage” hit Netflix today and Ryan and Jamie are ready to kick off your bingewatch! They welcomed showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker to the studio to talk about how he planned to top his powerful first season and how music still helps the show set a tone of its very own. Watch the video above to hear all about Coker’s vision for season two!

Plus: Ryan and Jamie have their picks of the week! Here they are so you can get your copy:

Ryan: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801, X-MEN GOLD #30
Jamie: TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1

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Al Ewing tells a tale with multiple perspectives, art styles, and artists!

In the story of IMMORTAL HULK #3, four people encounter a monster…yet they all see different things.

Written by Al Ewing with a framing sequence by series artist Joe Bennett, this very special issue sees a journalist visit four civilians who have each come across a monster known as the Hulk. But as they each recall their stories, their interpretations of the events differ drastically. And to tell each of those four stories, Ewing and Bennett have teamed up with four artists who will tell the tales in four different artistic styles.

Leonardo Romero draws a cop’s version of the encounter with old school, classic Super Hero visuals. Paul Hornschemeier contributes a bartender’s version of the encounter in “indie” style. Marguerite Sauvage illustrates an old woman’s version of the encounter with a romance comic interpretation. And Garry Brown adds a priest’s version of the encounter with a horror approach.

Get the exclusive first look inside July 18’s IMMORTAL HULK #3 right here:

We caught up with Ewing to break down the process of devising such a powerfully distinct story.

Marvel.com: What is it about the IMMORTAL HULK that makes it so conducive to this multiple perspective tale?

Al Ewing: I had issue #3 as a multi-artist issue right from the original pitch—it seemed like a really smart way to give Joe a breather in the middle of the first arc, to make sure he has everything he needed for the huge stuff in issues #4 and #5. I know how readers feel about “guest artist” issues, so I wanted to make the first one a special thing in its own right—something to get people talking in a positive way. That’s when I had the idea of a Rashomon-style issue—now that we’ve been introduced to the new Hulk in issue #1, and given Bruce Banner gets his turn in the spotlight in issue #2, it makes a lot of sense to use this third issue to look at the different ways the general public perceives the Hulk.

Is he a Super Hero? A mindless beast? A horror? Or just Bruce Banner, a guy you wouldn’t look twice at?

Marvel.com: When writing this issue, how did you decide on the manners in which these four stories would be told?

Al Ewing: I knew going in that as well as Joe Bennett on the framing sequence, I wanted to do a classic Super Hero style and a horror style, so we had the classic mode of the Hulk covered as well as his newer tone. And I also wanted a much more indie style than we generally see in a Marvel book, something that might have crept in from the ’90s art-comix I used to read. And with one slot to fill, I figured we’d have something completely different—and since there was a doomed romance at the centre of the plot, a romance-comic style fits the bill.

Marvel.com: Why did each style feel specifically relevant to the respective characters telling those stories?

Al Ewing: The narrator of our “Super Hero” segment is a small town cop—a genial guy who’s a big fan of the Avengers, and who’ll be dining out on the slam-bang action he witnessed for life. Leonardo did an amazing job there—I know it’s gauche to compare artists to other artists, but he’s really reminiscent of the greats like Toth, and I’d love to work with him again on something soon.

The “indie” segment is brought to us by a grouchy bartender who’s telling his story to camera—he’s on the edges of the action, but his story is important because it gives us a look at Banner. Paul lettered that one as well, and it just fits perfectly in—like a slice of an auto-bio comic. I can see that being the point where readers get a little stunned by what they’re seeing.

The “romance” segment is narrated by an old lady who saw the best in the “villain”—he does look very like James Dean—and Maurgerite took that ball and ran with it. Her pages—self-colored—are probably some of the funnest and funniest in the issue, but it’s so beautifully handled that the joke never overwhelms the art. I really hope she had a good time on this—it looks like she did.

And finally, the “horror” pages come to us from a shell-shocked Priest, who’s been very badly affected by the awful events. Garry gave us a really dark, shadowy, sketchy feel, and Paul Mounts colored that perfectly…a really classic horror look, but at the same time very much its own thing.

Immortal Hulk #3 cover by Alex Ross

Marvel.com: Were you inspired by any other films, genres, books, or comics for this issue?

Al Ewing: There’s an episode of the Italian strip Il Commissario Spada, by Gianluigi Gonano and Gianni De Luca, I think, that involved the titular policeman chasing a purse-snatcher and asking various witnesses about him—each witness describing him differently, accompanied by a visual sketch of what they’re talking about. The actual perp looks totally different, of course. That was in my mind while I wrote this—we see a very different Hulk and Hotshot in each of the segments.

Unless you’re seeing Joe Bennett’s framing sequence, readers probably shouldn’t trust anything they see entirely.

Marvel.com: How does this issue propel us forward in the larger story of the Immortal Hulk?

Al Ewing: It’s another Hulk sighting, so we’re one step closer to Bruce’s return being common knowledge. It’s the return of Jackie McGee, doggedly on the trail of the Hulk—and we’re starting to find out about something else that might be lurking in the background of things, below everything…One Below All, if you will. Oh, and there’s a guest appearance by a certain hairy Canadian with claws—not that one—who’ll become very important to this book…

Here’s the full cast of creators teaming up for this extraordinary issue of IMMORTAL HULK:

WRITER: Al Ewing
FRAMING SEQUENCE: Joe Bennett (pencils), Ruy José (inks), Paul Mounts (colors), VC’s Cory Petit (letters)
COP’S STORY: Leonardo Romero (pencils & inks), Paul Mounts (colors), VC’s Cory Petit (letters)
BARTENDER’S STORY: Paul Hornschemeier (pencils, inks, colors, letters)
OLD LADY’S STORY: Marguerite Sauvage (pencils, inks, colors) and VC’s Cory Petit (letters)
PRIEST’S STORY: Garry Brown (pencils and inks), Paul Mounts (colors), VC’s Cory Petit (letters)
COVER: Alex Ross

On July 18, experience a story unlike any other with IMMORTAL HULK #3! Contact your local comic shop now to reserve an issue!

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The award-winning writer also describes how she tells the stories of complicated characters!

This week on Women of Marvel, Kelly Thompson sat down with Sana and Judy to get everyone excited about her upcoming WEST COAST AVENGERS series! The Eisner Award-winning writer has been in the Super Hero game for a long time and talked about creating her own versions of her favorite heroes as a kid. Plus: Any writer who knows Super Heroes knows how complicated their stories can be, and Thompson delves into writing for characters who operate in several shades of gray.

You can download the whole episode here!

The Women of Marvel podcast assembles to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every other Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel VP, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Marvel.com Producer Judy Stephens, along with Talent & Senior Creative Producer Lorraine Cink.

Have feedback or questions? Email us at WomenOf@marvel.com, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel.

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See a clip from the next episode, airing Monday, June 25 at 6:30-7:00pm ET/PT on Disney XD!

This coming Monday, Spider-Man will learn that the name Doctor Octopus is still one he needs to be worried about, in a brand new episode of “Marvel’s Spider-Man.”

In “Between an Ock and a Hard Place,” as Spider-Man discovers there is a new Doctor Octopus taking up the mantle from Otto Octavius, our hero finds himself drawn into this new mystery – and misses the danger right under his nose.

You can check out a preview clip from the episode at the top of the page!

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” – “Between an Ock and a Hard Place” airs Monday, June 25 at 6:30-7:00pm ET/PT on Disney XD.

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With Season 2 debuting June 22 on Netflix, take a look back at the destruction in Season 1.

Det. Misty Knight summed up the first season of “Marvel’s Luke Cage” when she told a triumphant Cage that he may be bulletproof, “but Harlem ain’t.” This dictum would go on to define the series, as Cage’s efforts to dismantle the Stokes-Dillard criminal syndicate meant that a whole lot of New York got smashed up, shot at, blown to bits and hurled through a window in the process.

We wanted to find out exactly the extent of the physical damage dealt to Harlem. To do this, we counted every busted door, ruined outfit, collapsed pre-war mixed use building and smashed window in the entire series to add up just how much the insurance company will have to pony up, and Sweet Christmas is it a hefty bill.

In a mere 13 episodes, Cage’s crusade led to:

● 19 shattered windows
● 16 perfectly good doors kicked in or ripped off their hinges
● A dozen walls needing significant repair to ameliorate severe drywall or masonry damage
● Upwards of 10 vehicles that need chassis repair or window replacement
● One shed containing a secret laboratory that has significant structural flaws following a reasonable and understandable rampage

That’s more than one door smashed through per episode! Pop’s barbershop alone — the Switzerland of Harlem — sustained thousands of dollars in damage, and then a mere 10 episodes later suffered all of that damage yet again. There’s a window of the barbershop that appears to have been broken three unique times in one season.

Much of this is because lots of employees of the Stokes-Dillard organization didn’t get the “Luke Cage is bulletproof” memo quickly enough. Luke’s bulletproof skin and courageous nature led to hundreds of dollars worth of hoodies and tee shirts being shredded as part of an honest day’s work, not to mention repeated bullet damage to rooms he was in.

Most of the damage to Harlem was done by the criminal element despite Luke’s attempt to stop it. Cottonmouth shot an RPG and destroyed a building. Diamondback detonated a bomb that destroyed prime warehouse real estate. The Dillard operation’s employees shot up their own establishment, destroying the entire bar, a commercial kitchen, and prime music venue.

All told, the damage was enormous, but Harlem can recover. There were nightclubs to restore, bars to restock and a lovely building on 171st & Broadway that needs to be rebuilt. The bill to repair materials alone is estimated to be approximately $6.56 million, and you’re talking at least double that when you factor in labor costs.

Harlem may not be bulletproof, but just like Luke Cage, it can take a punch, and it can bounce back, recover from the hit and rise again stronger than ever.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2 debuts Friday, June 22 on Netflix. You can see Luke Cage in action in “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1 and “Marvel’s The Defenders,” now streaming on Netflix. Follow @LukeCage on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.

Walt Hickey is a data journalist and writes the daily morning newsletter Numlock News. His work has previously appeared on FiveThirtyEight and Business Insider. 

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A brand-new episode of the Freeform hit airs tonight!

Today, Marvel Television gave the first official look at Ally Maki’s character, Mina Hess, on the hit series “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,” see above!

Mina Hess is described as “a brilliant environmental engineer convinced that science will save the world, if the corporate suits will just get out of her way.” The original, new character will serve as “a mirror, a mentor, and a friend to Tandy.” Maki’s Mina Hess will make her debut on “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” in next week’s episode titled ‘Princeton Offense,’ as Tandy is consumed with getting answers about the Roxxon cover up.

The role is Maki’s first foray into Marvel cinematic universe. Earlier this year, at the Freeform Summit, Maki exclusively shared with Marvel.com her excitement for the project. “Working with Marvel has always been one of my dreams,” revealed Maki. “My favorite character is Groot so anytime I see Groot, I’m just like, ‘We live in the same universe now!’ It’s mind-blowing. But I’m so incredibly stoked!”

What was it like working with Olivia Holt, who plays Tandy Bowen on the series? “The moment I met her, we had this girl chemistry,” gushed Maki. “Sometimes it takes a minute to get to know someone, but with Olivia, she’s so wonderful, so kind, funny and gorgeous. We had this instant girl crush bond thing. We worked together pretty much the whole time, so it’s definitely going to be a strong sisterhood duo that you see up there.”

“The most important thing about my character is that she’s this amazing environment engineer,” added Maki, a passion she possess in her everyday personal life. “The way that Tandy and Mina work together…we’re science girls. I believe in the environment and climate change, and what we’re doing to the planet. This is something that the next generation should be extremely aware of and vocal about.” Maki has hope that it sparks an interest in young viewers who don’t typically see two young women interested in science on television. She’s also incredibly excited for the Asian American community to witness “an empowered, strong woman who is cool in a different way.”

“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” comes full circle for Maki. The project reunites the star with the Freeform network, which she previously worked on “10 Things I Hate About You.” In addition, Marvel.com learned that Maki used to be real-life roommates with another Marvel badass lady, Chloe Bennet AKA Daisy “Quake” Johnson, who helped her feel welcomed joining the Marvel family.

Brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” air exclusively on Freeform Thursdays at 8p/7c! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” and Marvel Television! Be sure to follow @CloakandDagger on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” Facebook page!

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Iron Man, Thor, Jessica Jones, Ant-Man, Deadpool, Taika Waititi (!) and more get Funko'd at SDCC!

Funko’s selection of Marvel exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con 2018 has been revealed and it includes blockbuster heroes, timeless fan favorites, and an iconic director!

Fans of recent Marvel projects will enjoy Kraglin from Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Jessica Jones Rock Candy, Thor with Odin Force, and Valkyrie Pop!s.

Funko’s latest Director Pop! is the incomparable Taika Waititi, who directed Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” and whose outfit is covered in pineapple print!

Funko also has the age-old battle between Captain America and Red Skull in the form a Dorbz 2-pack, a Classic Ant-Man Pop!, and an Iron Man Mark I Pop! in celebration of 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Last, but certainly not least, the pink glitter Cheerleader Deadpool Pop! rounds out Funko’s Marvel exclusives for SDCC 2018!

Check out all of Funko’s SDCC Marvel exclusives in the gallery below:

For more on all things Marvel at SDCC 2018, keep checking in at Marvel.com.

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Looking back at the comics inspiration behind the villain of 'Marvel's Luke Cage' Season 2!

Mustafa Shakir will play the formidable Bushmaster in “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2, debuting Friday, June 22 on Netflix. The live action incarnation of the character has his own compelling backstory and motivations, but is inspired by the Marvel comic book character of the same name.

Bushmaster has only made a few appearances since his debut in 1977’s IRON FIST #15, but clearly he’s made an impression. In advance of “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2, we’re taking a closer look at Bushmaster’s greatest hits throughout Marvel comic history.

Troubled Youth – CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #10

Captain America Annual (1971) #10

Captain America Annual (1971) #10

  • Published: January 10, 1991
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: December 05, 2016
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As a kid growing up in the Caribbean, John McIver would entertain himself by seeing how much fruit he could swipe from the local vendors, even if that meant his little brother Quincy tagged along. One night, Quincy got caught stealing by the shopkeeper. John later killed the man, propelling himself on a path that would lead him to a gun smuggler known as Herve Argosy.

John got Quincy in on the action too, but during a job, the younger McIver lost his arms and legs in a boat propeller accident. John didn’t stay around to help his brother recuperate, instead heading to Europe where he would eventually start taking over for the Maggia crime families after killing as many of their members as it took. Before leaving though, John told Quincy that he would take on the name Bushmaster.

Knight Falls on Cutlass Bay – IRON FIST #15

Iron Fist (1975) #15

Iron Fist (1975) #15

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In his very first appearance, McIver unwittingly played host to Misty Knight who had taken on an undercover assignment to infiltrate the mob boss’s Cutlass Bay estate. Operating under the alias Maya Korday, Knight kept close to John for a while without him getting a whiff of her deception.

The Truth Revealed – MARVEL TEAM-UP #63

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #63

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #63

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Bushmaster still had Knight spying on him when he arrived in New York’s Hudson Bay some time later. Before a big party, Bushmaster ordered a hired killer to murder Iron Fist. Knight blew her cover to get the details on the time and place of the attack, tossed Bushmaster around, and used her bionic arm to evade his goons. However, the deception lead the Maggia boss to add this mystery woman to his hit list.

Master of Manipulation – POWER MAN #48#49

Power Man (1974) #48

Power Man (1974) #48

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To get Knight, Bushmaster forced Luke Cage into an impossible position…he had to find her for the villain or see two of his best friendsClaire Temple and Noah Bursteindie. With Camanche and Shades watching, Cage fought Colleen Wing, Knight, and Iron Fist in Danny Rand’s house before telling them the truth. The four heroes then joined forces and took the fight to Bushmaster at Seagate Prison. There, he coerced Burstein to upgrade the experiments that turned Cage into Power Man with threats against Temple. The process proved a success and Bushmaster fought Cage to a standstill until a beam pierced a vat of chemicals that dowsed them both and caused an explosion that seemingly killed the villain.

Power Man (1974) #49

Power Man (1974) #49

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This story notably marks the first time Luke Cage and Iron Fist met in the comics, leading to their long friendship and partnership. So we can thank Bushmaster for his role in that!

Things Fall Apart – POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #67

Power Man and Iron Fist (1978) #67

Power Man and Iron Fist (1978) #67

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Bushmaster survived, though in a less stable form as his body slowly began turning into metal. In an attempt to remove the powers Burstein’s experiments imbued him with, the villain once again threatened the scientist and had Power Man kidnapped to act as a guinea pig. When Iron Fist attempted to save his friend, Bushmaster moved to pull a switch that would kill Burstein’s wife. Danny Rand rushed to stop the movement, but Bushmaster turned to metal before he could send the final order. As the heroes made a break for it, Bushmaster’s body crumbled to pieces.

A Snake Of A Sibling – CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #10

Captain America Annual (1971) #10

Captain America Annual (1971) #10

  • Published: January 10, 1991
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: December 05, 2016
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Quincy McIver’s story didn’t end in a hospital as he recuperated from the loss of his extremities. While there, a Roxxon representative offered him the chance to take part in an experimental prosthetic surgery that could replace his limbs. Quincy agreed, but had no idea that the scientists intended to give him bionic arms…and a snake tail instead of legs. He also took on the name Bushmaster and joined up with various versions of the Serpent Society over the years. Unlike his brother, he’s still slithering around the Marvel Universe, giving everyone from Captain America to Jessica Jones trouble along the way.

Cruz Control – CAGE #12

Cage (1992) #12

Cage (1992) #12

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In the wake of his father’s death, John’s son Cruz stepped up and took over his dad’s duties with the Maggia. He also collected the pieces of his father from the bottom of the ocean and hired Hardcore to get Cage to inadvertently help him take over his dad’s power. Cruz got more than he bargained for, though, when he took a back seat to John McIver’s own personality. Taking on the name Power Master, he fought Cage and Iron Fist, but ultimately couldn’t hold onto the new body after being overloaded with electricity.

On June 22, watch season two of “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on Netflix!

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A modern update on a classic Marvel villain!

When Ant-Man returns to the big screen fighting side by side with Wasp in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” they’ll have a new foe to battle in the Marvel villain, Ghost!

Actress Hannah John-Kamen is making her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and she talked about how it felt to play the mysterious character whose story received a contemporary update for the film.

Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen)

The Ghost first appeared in 1987 as a male character and a foe for Iron Man. “The kind of gender swapping from male to female—you can look at comic books written so long ago….” John-Kamen cheered the update. “And it’s nice to like go, do you know what? This is a modern—it’s a modern world. It’s again freeing to be able to take that character and go, yeah, that can be played by a male or female and that’s definitely forward thinking. And that’s been amazing to be able to do.”

Iron Man (1968) #219

Iron Man (1968) #219

  • Published: June 10, 1987
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 11, 2013
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A Marvel fan herself, John-Kamen studied for her villainous role by doing research and comparing the similarities or differences between the comics and the movies. Working with director Peyton Reed was also a plus, “I mean Peyton’s amazing. It’s so good to work with a director who is such a fan of the world that we’re all working on.”

Regardless of the characters of movies that came before in the MCU, her character in particular is pretty much a tabula rasa. “With any role, it’s always a blank slate to carve anything, whether you’re playing a super hero, a villain, anything from any comic,” explained John-Kamen. “It’s important as an actor to have your own input, interpretation of that anyway.”

Unlike several heroes and villains, Ghost doesn’t have an alter ego—an aspect John-Kamen enjoyed. “It’s freeing, it’s very freeing,” shared John-Kamen. “To play this character, and whether you were in the suit or not, what the perception of the character is, it’s just a new character. And when it’s a new character, there is freedom with that.”

Get a closer look at Ghost for yourself when Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” debuts in theaters on July 6. Get tickets on Fandango now!

Follow @AntMan on Twitter and like Ant-Man on Facebook for the latest on “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” and as always keep your eyes peeled to Marvel.com!

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It’s all about the little things!

Legendary actor Michael Douglas knows a thing or two about the family business, both in real life and in the role of Dr. Hank Pym. From the set of Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” he talked with a small group of press about Hank’s hopeful but wary future for the heroes he helped mold, as well as his first time using a green screen on set.

Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)

When we left off from Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” Hank held back his daughter Hope and mentored a new hero to take on the role he created. This time around it’s a team effort. “It’s much more a team, you know,” said Douglas. “The catharsis is going over. She’s older. There’s much more a sense of working together as partners, as a team.”

As far as relationships, Douglas believed Pym is still cautious of anyone getting close to his daughter. “I don’t think [Lang’s] changed a whole lot,” joked Douglas. “He still looks at [him] as not being the right choice for [his] daughter Hope. He still looks a little judgmental. They see you—she can do a little better.”

From the first time we saw Scott Lang as Ant-Man, a lot has happened, including an appearance as Giant Man in Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War,” which certainly didn’t help for relations with Pym. “Yeah he’s pretty pissed off about that. He really is. It largely sets the initial tone between Scott and Hank on this one, that you know he didn’t share much information with Dr. Pym,” chided Douglas.

Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) BTS on set.

Hank Pym being closed off comes from an emotional place. “He’s just obsessed with this love of his life, truthfully,” explained Douglas. “He’s upset; he lost everything, but he’s very wealthy. A lot of this was based upon hopeful wishes you know. Thinking hopefully to the future.”

Douglas reflected, “It’s all about a deep love; she’s never gone. But 30 years’ a long time.”

It’s hard to believe, but despite Douglas’ long career in film, he’s never had the opportunity to work with a green screen until becoming part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I love this whole experience right. I mean it’s so– I don’t know if it’s Hank Pym, but it’s green screen,” commented Douglas. “I’ve never [done] green screen in my life you know?”

The whole practice was new and amazing to the veteran actor. “It’s the whole idea of talking to an ant on your shoulder and the characters see the the breath of imagination and what you can do you now, it’s like, staggering,” said Douglas.

Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” debuts in theaters on July 6. Get tickets on Fandango now!

Follow @AntMan on Twitter and like Ant-Man on Facebook for the latest on “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” and as always keep your eyes peeled to Marvel.com!

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