Josh Keaton talks about taking on the role of Scott Lang in 'Marvel’s Ant-Man' shorts!

Good things come in small packages as Marvel Animation’s series of cartoon shorts is kicking off this weekend with “Marvel’s Ant-Man” on Disney XD. The debut of these six new action-filled shorts gives viewers a peek into the life of Scott Lang as he battles Yellowjacket, finds common ground with Wasp, and creates a giant piece of cheese. You know, the typical super hero life.

Marvel.com talked with the new voice of Ant-Man Josh Keaton, whose previous roles include many familiar video game voices and most recently, Shiro on “Voltron: Legendary Defender.” We spoke with Josh about taking on the exciting task of voicing of the Ant-Size Avenger, and whether saving the world or helping with homework is the more difficult task.

Marvel.com: Have you always been a Marvel comics fan?

Josh Keaton: Absolutely, my favorite comic book character is Spider-Man. Ant-Man is a new thing for me, I didn’t go into this knowing as much about him so I had research more about the character, I started reading more about Scott as the process was going on.

Marvel.com: How did you decide to approach the character of Scott Lang, did you use past iterations of Ant-Man (“Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!,” Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” movie) to get his character just right or is this your own new variation on Scott Lang?

Josh Keaton: I’m definitely putting my own spin on it, I like a lot of the stuff that other people who have played him have contributed. I like Paul Rudd’s snarkiness, I’ve been a fan of his for a long time. It’s not necessarily a recreation of any particular performance, I’m taking elements of what I’ve read about the character and how I feel he would be.

Marvel.com: Is there a particular way you get into character to voice a superhero? Most superheroes have alter egos so it’s really two characters in one but here you have Scott Lang, Ant-Man, and also Giant Man, so you get three characters in one.

Josh Keaton: At the end of the day it’s all Scott. He’s got the mask on but he’s very much the same character in and out of the suit. There’s not a lot he’s trying to hide, if anything he’s trying to prove himself to the rest of the Avengers and trying to prove that he’s not a bad guy. He’s a likeable guy and he wants to be liked.

Marvel.com: You’ve voiced Shiro in “Voltron Legendary: Defender.” While Shiro is a born leader, Scott was pretty much thrown into the action. How does that manifest itself in the way you approach voicing “Marvel’s Ant-Man”?

Josh Keaton: It helped the process that I wasn’t as familiar with the character as I have been with other superheroes that I’ve played. Shiro is larger so there’s a physicality that I get into when voicing him, and Ant-Man is more like an everyman. There are definitely some parallels between the characters—there’s a huge amount of loyalty that you can find in both. It’s really more of a mental place to get into, rather than physically preparing to get into the role.

Marvel.com: With these shorts you get a quick but concise look into Scott Lang’s world. What do you think fans will like most about these shorts?

Josh Keaton: One of the things that I really love about the shorts is the fact that—much like the fact that he can shrink and grow—his problems and the enemies that he faces also shrink and grow. I mean, he’s fighting this massive force of nature in one, and then in another one he’s fighting the exterminator that’s going to kill his ant buddies. It’s just a run of the mill exterminator that is just as much of a supervillain to his ant buddies as a much bigger supervillain would be to the rest of the world. He still has that loyalty to his little buddies that he does to humanity.

Marvel.com: Wasp is clearly superior when it comes to plan of attack against enemies, do you think Scott’s faltering helps his character?

Josh Keaton: Absolutely. He’s able to poke fun at himself. He knows that he’s still kind of figuring stuff out, things are going to go wrong and he just kind of deals with it. There’s definitely a relaxed-ness to him, even under fire. There’s even a little bit of crossover with Spider-Man, there’s that humor that comes out under fire and Scott’s always down to make the joke.

Marvel.com: Yellowjacket ruining kids’ science projects is the ultimate in villainy, do you think Scott has a more difficult time fighting the bad guys or helping out Cassie with her homework?

Josh Keaton: How much more evil can you get than messing up kids’ science projects? I think it’s a little bit of both. I have two young kids and I barely have time, so if I had to add fighting supervillains to my schedule, I don’t know how I’d get it all done.

Marvel.com: What would you like to say to the fans who’ll be tuning in this weekend?

Josh Keaton: Thanks for watching, thanks for supporting Marvel and everyone who worked so hard to make these!

Catch Josh Keaton as the voice of Ant-Man in “Marvel’s Ant-Man” when the first of six of the two-minute shorts titled “Science Fair,” will debut on Disney XD on Saturday, June 10 starting at 7:58 AM ET, with “Alien Invasion” and “Soup Time” following in every four hours at 11:58 AM and 2:58 PM. The next three shorts will follow on Sunday, June 11 with “Exterminator” at 11:28 AM, followed by “Proton Cube” at 5:28 PM and finally, “Not a Date” at 8:58 PM.

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Watch brand new episodes of 'Marvel's Spider-Man' and 'Marvel's Avengers: Secret Wars' on Disney XD!

Buckle up, Marvelites! We’ve got brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” and “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” airing on Disney XD this weekend!

This Saturday, October 14, at 7:30 AM on Disney XD, Spidey takes on Blizzard! When Blizzard steals new tech and freezes New York, an unprepared Spidey has to upgrade his gear and stop the villain before the city is put into a new Ice Age. Check out the clip above!

Meanwhile, the future is looking bleak in “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars”! Vision and Wasp head to the future to save Falcon who has joined forces with Kang the Conqueror! Preview the new episode below and check it out this Sunday, October 15 at 8:30 AM on Disney XD!

Tune in to brand-new episodes of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” and “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” this Saturday on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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Nothing will stop Medusa in a new episode airing TONIGHT at 9|8c on ABC!

This week’s new episode of “Marvel’s Inhumans” is called “Make Way for… Medusa,” as the Queen of Attilan is determined to do whatever it takes to reunite with her husband, Black Bolt.

Check out a sneak peek from the episode above, as Medusa (Serinda Swan) forces Louise (Ellen Woglom) to follow after a helicopter by car, no matter what gets in their way.

The next episode of “Marvel’s Inhumans” airs Friday, October 13th at 9|8c on ABC.

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The hip-hop duo discuss their comic collaborations!

Fans of “Marvel’s Iron Fist” on Netflix know that music plays a huge role in the show—and in Danny Rand’s life.

They’ll also remember a song prominently featured in Danny’s story: Camp Lo’s rocking “Krystal Karrington.” And the legendary band’s work with Marvel doesn’t end there—in 2015, ALL-NEW X-MEN #1 got a special hip-hop variant cover by artist Ed Piskor, designed in the style of Camp Lo’s 1997 classic Uptown Saturday Night.

We met up with band members Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba to chat about “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” their history with comics, and their upcoming project The Get Down Brothers—released on October 13.

Marvel.com: What do you think makes “Krystal Karrington” a good fit for “Marvel’s Iron Fist”?

Geechi Suede: We felt extremely excited and honored when we got the news [that the song would be in the show]. And it’s funny, we always kind of refer to ourselves as Power Man and Iron Fist. I guess that could’ve been energy attracting energy. But I think “Krystal Karrington” presents that vibe of, “I’m ready to take care of business. I need some power, some get-alive, get-right energy.”

I think that’s why it fit. It got Danny psyched for what he was about to embark on.

 

Marvel.com: What were your thoughts about Ed Piskor’s ALL-NEW X-MEN #1 hip hop variant homage to Uptown Saturday Night?

Sonny Cheeba: That became another amazing Marvel moment. I just want to say much love to you guys—thanks for thinking of us! We’re huge Marvel fans.

Marvel.com: Comic book artist Keron Grant created the artwork for the cover of the upcoming The Get Down Brothers. How did you connect with him? What do you like about his work?

Geechi Suede: He’s an incredible talent. That connection came through our management. I think Marvel has always been amazing at choosing their artists—how they stay within what you know Marvel art to look like from way back in the day. It was another exciting moment, and we were honored once again that we could have a Marvel artist like Keron do our cover. It makes you feel special. This will easily be—probably after Uptown Saturday Night—one of our best covers.

Marvel.com: What can fans expect from The Get Down Brothers?

Sonny Cheeba: The sound feels a bit new. So the album cover kind of matches the sound, actually.

Geechi Suede: Yeah, we definitely went in a new direction sonically. There’s some stuff on there that’s reminiscent of what fans know us for, but I’d say the majority of the record, we went in a new direction. And the album cover really seems fitting.

Camp Lo’s newest record, The Get Down Brothers, drops on October 13!

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The new digital destination for kids and family entertainment debuted today!

Exciting news, true believers! Today Marvel launched MARVEL HQ, a digital destination for kids and families, available on YouTube and the YouTube Kids App.

“We are absolutely thrilled to launch a destination for kids and families where they can watch their favorite Marvel characters anytime,” said Cort Lane, Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Animation and Family Entertainment. “The end result? Giving kids and families the opportunity to connect deeper with the Marvel heroes they love.”

Marvel HQ gives viewers the opportunity to experience their favorite Marvel heroes through hundreds of episodes of Marvel adventures. Marvel HQ features full-length, family-friendly episodes, shorts, and behind-the- scenes content from the most popular titles in the Marvel kids and family library including favorites like: “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Marvel Funko animated shorts, and “LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes: Maximum Overload,” with even more exciting titles to be added to Marvel HQ in the future!

To subscribe to MARVEL HQ head to YouTube.com/MarvelHQ

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'Marvel’s Spider-Man,' 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy,' and even more exciting reveals!

Marvel fans at New York Comic Con were treated to one surprise after the other during the Marvel Animation panel. Hosted by SVP, Animation & Family Entertainment Cort Lane, fans got exclusive sneak peeks of unaired episodes, special guest appearances, and more.

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” is in its first season and the audience was treated to a sneak peek of an upcoming episode of titled, “Venom” which doesn’t air until October 21!

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” is a big hit with fans thanks to great writers like Mairghread Scott who came to talk about the upcoming season. In the third season the Guardians will travel to new universes, stage a massive sting operation inside the Nova Corps, and expose a Secret Invasion years in the making. Along with a surprise appearance by “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’s” own Gamora, Vanessa Marshall, GotG fans were shown special videos that included a never before seen clip of Stan Lee’s cameo.

It’s always exciting to get to know the voices behind favorite characters and “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” fans were excited to see the voice of Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Kathreen Khavari, on the panel.

Following last year’s success of animated shorts, once again Marvel is collaborating with Funko to create eight brand-new 90-second shorts that showcase team ups and face-offs with some of your favorite Marvel super heroes. Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Venom, Loki, and last, but not least, Baby Groot, all get the Funko treatment! The second season of Funko shorts is animated by A Large Evil Corporation and launches this summer across various platforms, with new episodes debuting all the way into 2018.

Lego fans were thrilled to see the premiere trailer for “Marvel Lego Super Heroes GOTG: The Thanos Threat.” Even as a Lego piece, Baby Groot is irresistibly charming! As if that wasn’t enough excitement, Marvel announced another special treat for Lego lovers, “Lego Black Panther!” Thanos, Ronan, Nebula and the Ravagers seek to possess the Build Stone– a powerful and creative relic –and the fate of the universe depends on the Guardians of the Galaxy to protect it.

Last but not least, Marvel is excited to announce a brand-new destination on YouTube for all things Marvel kids called, MARVEL HQ! Today Marvel launched MARVEL HQ, a digital destination for kids and families, available on YouTube and the YouTube Kids App. Marvel HQ gives viewers the opportunity to experience their favorite Marvel heroes through hundreds of episodes of Marvel adventures.

Marvel HQ features full-length, family-friendly episodes, shorts, and behind-the- scenes content from the most popular titles in the Marvel kids and family library including: “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Marvel Funko animated shorts, and “LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes: Maximum Overload,” with even more titles to be added.

For all the up to date Marvel news and information, check out Marvel.com and @Marvel on Twitter!

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Check out an exciting look back and a new blooper reel before Season 5 begins.

At the end of last season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, Agent Coulson was left on board a ship in deep space. Now the team will have to discover where they are and how to get home while the clock ticks out on humanity. This exciting adventure will continue when “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns for its fifth season with a special two-hour premiere, Friday, December 1st (8:00-10:00 p.m., EST), on the ABC Television Network.

New secrets and mysteries are only the beginning for what is sure to be the most surprising and exhilarating S.H.I.E.L.D. adventure yet!

The premiere date was revealed during the “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” New York Comic Con today, along with a sizzle reel looking back on Season 5, and a new blooper reel spotlighting some moments that went a bit awry with the cast. Check out the sizzle reel at the top of the page and the blooper reel below!

“We’re so proud of the way that ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ has grown creatively every season. The series is a top performer for us especially in delayed viewing, where we see almost triple digit increases,” said Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment President. “Season five is their strongest season yet, and we can’t wait for the fans to see it. We feel that the move to Friday, creating a ‘genre night’ on ABC, appeals to the show’s loyal fan base.”

The series will air in its regular time period beginning on Friday, December 8 from 9:00-10:00 PM, EST.

For more information on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” visit ABC.com, follow @AgentsofSHIELD on Twitter, and like “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.!

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The highly-anticipated series premieres exclusively on Hulu November 21!

Every teenager thinks their parents are evil, what if they actually are? Check out this early look at “Marvel’s Runaways,” a Hulu original series, above!

After discovering their parents are super-villains in disguise, a group of teenagers band together to run away from their homes in order to atone for their parents’ actions and to discover the secrets of their origins.

Take a look at the Runaways and the Pride.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Runaways” and Marvel Television!

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The next episode of "Marvel's Inhumans" airs Friday, October 6th on ABC.

In the two-hour premiere of “Marvel’s Inhumans,” Maxiumus (Iwan Rheon) wrested control of Attilan from his brother Black Bolt (Anson Mount). But with Black Bolt and most of the Royal Family having fled to Earth, what is next for Maximus?

The clip above from Friday night’s new episode gives us a hint, as we see Maximus again confer with Bronaja (Ari Dalbert) about what might be waiting behind an ominous door. With Bronaja able to see visions of the future, can he help Maximus prepare for what awaits him?

The next episode of “Marvel’s Inhumans,” “Divide and Conquer,” airs Friday, October 6th at 9|8c on ABC.

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Catch 'Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 5 coming this winter!

Today Marvel Television announced that fan-favorite Natalia Cordova-Buckley has been promoted to series regular for the fifth season of the ABC series, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Cordova-Buckley joined the cast in the third season of the hit series as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez, a Colombian citizen who underwent Terrigenisis during the Inhumans Outbreak. Earning her nickname “Yo-Yo,” the Terrigenisis gifted her with the ability to travel at superhuman speed for the length of a single heartbeat, before snapping back into her original place.

“Natalia is a powerhouse in her work and in her daily life, and she has imbued one of our favorite characters with her natural strength and humor. Natalia was instantly a part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. family the first day she walked onto set, and we’re happy she’s now an official member of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team,” says Executive Producers Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeffrey Bell.

Check out “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” when it returns this winter to ABC! Be sure to follow @AgentsofSHIELD on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on Facebook for the latest updates on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

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