Marvel Actor John Slattery Finds Surprising Similarities Between Howard Stark and His ‘Mrs. America’ Character


Marvel followers know John Slattery as Howard Stark, not less than in his later years as soon as Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) was born. Earlier than the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Slattery would pop up on Desperate Housewives as Victor Lang, and starred on Mad Men as Roger Sterling. Mrs. America casts Slattery as Fred Schafly.

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Schlafly’s spouse Phyllis (Cate Blanchett) is the topic of Mrs. America. She was a conservative activist and the present chronicles her campaign towards the Equal Rights Modification within the ’70s. Fred was a lawyer who supported her work, however he has somewhat extra in widespread with Howard Stark than you may suppose. Slattery spoke with reporters on a convention name on April 28 and mentioned the comparability. New episodes of Mrs. America stream each Wednesday on Hulu.

Marvel and ‘Mrs. America’ have extra in widespread than you suppose

Howard Stark paved the best way for Iron Man. He made Stark Industries a significant participant from World Warfare II by way of the Chilly Warfare earlier than his son took over. 

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“[They’re] most likely each on the suitable facet of the aisle, politically talking,” Slattery stated. “Most likely each fervent anti-Communists, given the time that Howard was round. Past that, Howard was type of a titan of trade. Fred was form of a small city lawyer who threw out his personal shingle. I don’t suppose Howard would have been as readily relegated to the supporting place behind his very outspoken and public spouse.”

Have Marvel followers adopted John Slattery to ‘Mrs. America’?

Admittedly, Showbiz Cheat Sheet thought it a stretch to ask Slattery to match Fred Schlafly to Howard Stark. It was only a enjoyable approach to join his newest undertaking together with his Marvel historical past, however Slattery noticed the parallels. Would that be sufficient to curiosity Marvel followers? Both means, Slattery has at all times achieved eclectic work.

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“I’m form of hermetically sealed in my little spot right here, so I haven’t had that a lot interplay with anyone, not to mention followers of 1 factor or one other,” Slattery stated. “I’ve learn the press protection on Mrs. America and it’s all been actually favorable, I believe justifiably so. I believe it’s very well produced and executed. I hope they tune in. I’m somewhat out of contact.”

John Slattery is caught up to now

Howard Stark died earlier than the primary Iron Man film so all of his Marvel scenes are historic. That, plus his historical past on Mad Males, ready Slattery for the ’70s set Mrs. America.

Mad Males, we have been at it for lots longer. So there was somewhat extra of an opportunity to do a deep dive and over that 10 12 months interval, we have been at it for nearly 10 years given hiatuses and all. The producers, Stacey [Sher] and Coco [Francini], Ryan [Fleck] and Dahvi [Waller] gave us lots, as a lot analysis as they might dig up on everyone. Actually with regard to Fred, there was much less archival footage being that he wasn’t a pulpit determine. There was rather less however into the interval, Adina, our wonderful costume designer, shed plenty of gentle as to specifics. It was actually completely thought-about on each stage. So I dug into every part I might get my palms on.

John Slattery, convention name on 4/28/2020