Paul Rudd will return as Ant-Man in February Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the second sequel to Disney’s little Marvel character, but He’s not the first actor to memorably play an insect superhero.
November1000, Fox launches live-action series The Tick, featuring Patrick Warburton in a blue suit with a dangling antenna Volatile well-meaning but inept crime fighter. Ben Edlund created the 1988 satirical comic series when he was a teenager and spawned the 1994 Fox animated series that ran for three seasons. Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) is a fan of the cartoon and thought Warburton would be a perfect fit for Edlund’s pilot.
“Ben wrote a great script and then the fun started,” Sonnenfeld told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve always loved Patrick Warburton’s acting. He’s flat and handsome and has a – I’m kidding – sort of goofy face.”
Edlund, who remembers feeling exhausted after watching the cartoon, initially turned down Sonnenfeld’s offer to go live – the action TV version took place. “He called out of the blue and said, ‘I’m Barry Sonnenfeld, and I believe we should make this real Tick thing,'” Edlund said. “I said no because I just didn’t think it would be possible to make it live.”