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

by Jeremy Spirogis
Marvel actor John Slattery

Marvel followers know John Slattery as Howard Stark, at the very least in his later years as soon as Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) was born. Before 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.

Marvel actor John Slattery
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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 in opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment 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 discussed 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 way in which for Iron Man. He made Stark Industries a significant participant from World War II by means of the Cold War earlier than his son took over. 

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“[They’re] probably both on the right side of the aisle, politically speaking,” Slattery stated. “Probably both fervent anti-Communists, given the time that Howard was around. Beyond that, Howard was kind of a titan of industry. Fred was sort of a small town lawyer who threw out his own shingle. I don’t think Howard would have been as readily relegated to the supporting position behind his very outspoken and public wife.”

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

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

John Slattery in Mrs. AmericaJohn Slattery in Mrs. America
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“I’m sort of hermetically sealed in my little spot here, so I haven’t had that much interaction with anybody, let alone fans of one thing or another,” Slattery stated. “I’ve learn the press protection on Mrs. America and it’s all been actually favorable, I feel justifiably so. I feel it’s very well produced and executed. I hope they tune in. I’m somewhat out of contact.”

John Slattery is caught prior 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 Men, ready Slattery for the ’70s set Mrs. America.

Mad Men, 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 yr 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 quite a bit, as a lot analysis as they may dig up on all people. Certainly 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 superb costume designer, shed a number of mild as to specifics. It was actually completely thought of on each degree. So I dug into every thing I might get my fingers on.

John Slattery, convention name on 4/28/2020

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