Marcos decides to run for president while watching ‘Ant-Man’, wife reveals

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) — Presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has expressed his desire to follow his father's footsteps while watching a Marvel movie, his wife said.

In a sit-down interview with Boy Abunda which aired on Wednesday, Marcos' wife Liza was asked, "were you consulted when the (former) senator decided to go for the presidency?"

"You know, six months ago, he wasn't yet sure what to do, he had no party," Liza recounted. "And then one day, we were watching 'Ant-Man' in the room, 'cause we love Marvel movies, and then he looked at me and he goes, 'Okay, we're gonna do this,' he told me. 'Do what?' 'Run for the presidency."

Ant-Man tells the story of Scott Lang, a convicted thief turned Avenger who can shrink to a tiny size with an increased agility.

Liza, together with youngest son Vincent "Vinny" Marcos, appeared in their first public interview since the presidential bet started his campaign for the 2022 polls. They also shared what it's like to be under the public eye and how they deal with constant criticisms.

Liza, a criminal lawyer, was also asked if she had already discerned on the role that she would play should she become the next First Lady. But she brushed off the possibility of getting into politics in the near future.

"You know, I don't want to jinx it because in 2016, we really thought we would win. And it was really painful....try losing and living with it for six years, that's difficult," she said.

Vinny said he has not yet given much thought on the prospects of his father winning the presidency.

"Since 2016, we are all so super superstitious. No amount of lead can make me comfortable with speculating with what I’m gonna do after the election," he said.

The son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. lost to Vice President Leni Robredo in the 2016 elections by 263,473 votes. His years-long electoral protest was dismissed by the Supreme Court last year. The two rivals are once again battling it out, this time, for the country's highest post.

READ: Supreme Court unanimously junks Marcos' VP poll protest vs Robredo 

Aside from Marcos and Robredo, other key figures competing head-to-head for the presidency are senators Ping Lacson and Manny Paquiao, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, and labor leader Leody de Guzman.