Ant-Man Paul Rudd Is Officially ANT-MAN! written by Sean Gerber December 20, 2013 Rumored for the past two months, Paul Rudd is now officially the title character in Marvel’s ANT-MAN. Rudd was originally reported to be a finalist for the role along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but based on Gordon-Levitt’s immediate denial of the report and what Marvel is saying today, Rudd has been director Edgar Wright’s first choice all along. In the official announcement from Marvel, President of Production Kevin Feige shed some light on how Rudd became a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star. We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy. We couldn’t be more excited for our audiences to see what he’s going to do to bring Ant-Man to life. Paul Rudd’s comedic talent is certainly going to be a good fit for Edgar Wright. There is an inherent sense levity that comes with the concept of a hero whose signature ability is shrinking to the size of an ant. The trick will be to make sure any and all humor comes naturally from the characters and story rather than having Rudd be overly zany to the point where he’s shouting at the audience that he knows how ridiculous he is being. Wright and Rudd will most likely avoid that potential land mine. It is worth nothing that Marvel Studios has yet to miss on casting the lead role in any of its films. Rudd is a fine actor with more range than he gets credit for having and the fact that both Marvel and Wright were able to agree on him as the ideal fit for their film so early on is a wonderful sign. Their faith in Rudd is sure to be validated when ANT-MAN hits theaters on July 31, 2015. Paul Rudd Is Officially ANT-MAN! was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Ant-ManMarvelMarvel Cinematic Universe 7 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post SAVING MR. BANKS Review next post Vin Diesel Is Officially Groot! You may also like Paul Rudd Scores EW Cover As Marvel’s... January 6, 2015 Marvel’s ANT-MAN Gets An Extra Large, Extra... June 2, 2015 12 New ANT-MAN Photos Emerge! June 1, 2015 MMM #192: Marvel Finds An ANT-MAN Director... June 10, 2014 Size Doesn’t Matter In Marvel’s First ANT-MAN... January 6, 2015 The Wasp To Share Top Billing In... October 8, 2015 Making Mine Marvel ANT-MAN Q&A July 29, 2015 Marvel’s ANT-MAN Trailer To Debut With AGENT... January 2, 2015 ANT-MAN Director Peyton Reed On The Saturn... June 23, 2016 ANT-MAN: Evangeline Lilly Is Marvel’s New Hope July 2, 2015 Michael Lalaian I’m pretty happy about this, but I wonder when Marvel will drop the secrecy about which Ant-Man he’s playing. Stephen Vaughan My main concern with this film isn’t Rudd being cast, as everything i’ve seen him in – from starring or supporting roles – he’s been excellent in; it’s the Marvel producers and there treatment of directors. With the exception of Iron Man 3, all of Marvel’s films thus far have been visually bland and interchangable. Edgar Wright is one of the more unique film-makers working today, from seamless camera work (whip pans, crash zooms, transitions), inventive fight choreography, editing incredible use of sound (really listen), and using background (signs, sets) to set up future events. Marvel don’t like strong directors at the helm, which is why they typically work with journey-man or TV directors (expect Branagh – but the themes of Thor is why you need a Shakespearean director at hand) look at their treatment of Patty Jenkins and how they disregarded Favreau, who gave them this universe in the first place. I’m concerned they’ll neuter Wright and remove his distinctly signature style – which is probably why they hired him in the first place – and produce another visually prosaic film to their formulaic cannon. Adrian Edmondson These guys/gal will have a 6 hour podcast with all the recent news and goings on with these CBMs , from AoA adding another villian possibly to the new suits for Bats and Supes , Antman , DOFP etc . Get to work gang and podcast activate !!! TheFlash1984 My concern is Rudd has a very likely persona, one that is part of his brand. So, this leads me to believe Marvel will, once again, skip one of the more controversal moments in a character’s comicbook history. In this case: Hitting his Parter. It is a tough subject to handle, and when you take into account Marvel’s reluctance to take on tough issues, this would appear to be another major moment that will be swiped under the rug…also I don’t think it’ll be something Rudd would want to be associated with. Heck, in Iron Man 3 they took something like PTSD, and seemed to turn it into a comedic outlet as opposed to seeing, the true effects of being Iron Man were. Much like Tony’s drinking and other such ‘flaws’ the Marvel characters are often, and rightly, praised for having. Their movies are only scrapping the surface of these characters inner demons. I am not saying for Ant-Man to be good it has to include this moment, but would be good to start seeing the Marvel movies tackle the big issues that made their comics so powerful to read at times. stock Well, he didn’t really slap her til he became Yellowjacket, and that was after he had gone from Giant-man to Ant-man to Giant -man etc. (I can’t recall exactly) plus been implicated in Ultron’s evil tendencies. And, as I say in my post, he ain’t the most stable of guys in the first place. But I agree with your premise about Marvel. They are going total lightweight with this stuff, and I imagine that’s the game-plan for Ant-man. Because 1) Nobody outside of comic geekdom even knows Ant-Man exists. and 2) He’s being played by Paul Rudd, not Ralph Feinnes or someone like that. I think Cap is our best hope for a serious comic book movie from Marvel. Sean Gerber Regardless of casting, I don’t think Marvel ever plans on covering the domestic violence portion of Hank Pym’s comic book canon. Other than to appease the relatively small number of comic book fans who may wish to see it, why would Marvel? A man who beats his significant other would be described in far worse terms than “flawed.” Ultimately, the audience wants and is supposed to root for the superhero they bought a ticket to see and there’s no way to root for Pym if he’s beating up a woman he’s supposedly in love with. Domestic violence is a sensitive subject, and for good reason. I doubt a great many people would even want a superhero movie to be up to the task of handling that subject with the level of care it deserves. This is well beyond an audience accepting Nolan’s post-9/11 allegories in THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY. Marvel’s financial strategy is predicated on making sure the audience has a good time watching the studio’s movies. Its superheroes have all been shown to have flaws and we’ve seen the skeletons in Tony Stark’s closet, but there is a limit to how far Marvel can go before disrupting the audience’s fun entirely. Sure, it’s non-threatening, but that’s not really hurting these films. Darker isn’t always better and I’m of the opinion that audiences are not as willing to have such an earnest experience with other characters as they are with Batman. I can’t blame Marvel for its very successful way of doing business. If it was my $150 million being put up to make a movie, I’d make the same choice. stock Interesting casting if he’s given the Hank Pym character. Cuz that guy’s nuts, and not in a good way. He suffers from a number of personality problems including a raging insecurity and severe jealousy issues. He created Ultron, so you know he’s a genius. He’s like a Walter White, but with really bad luck. But I haven’t seen Rudd do anything but light romantic comedy or flat out comedies in 15 years, so I’m thinking Marvel will go light-weight crowd pleaser with this, as they’ve pretty much done with every movie since IM 1. There are no real consequences in these flicks. Everyone seems to know this and accept it as a given. The MCU’s darkest, deepest character seems to be Cap of all people. But that’s because Cap woke up to a crummy America. I’d be surprised if Rudd’s Ant-man isn’t played for more laughs than anything else.