Ant-Man Marvel Makes A Legendary Addition To ANT-MAN written by Sean Gerber January 13, 2014 Fresh off of a Golden Globe win for his performance in BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, two-time Academy Award winner Michael Douglas was officially announced to play Hank Pym in Marvel Studios’ ANT-MAN. Marvel broke the story on its own website while finally confirming that Paul Rudd, the lead in the film, is actually playing Scott Lang. Pym is the original Ant-Man from the comics who was later succeeded by Lang. This news plays right into director Edgar Wright’s previous comments about ANT-MAN being a heist film, as Lang’s methods of acquiring the Ant-Man suit in the comics wasn’t strictly speaking legal. Wright tweeted last week that he was watching the “To Steal An Ant-Man” episode of AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES as homework for his feature film. That episode, which streams on Netflix for those interested, depicts the Hank Pym to Scott Lang transition of the Ant-Man costume and superhero identity. Wright retroactively commented on the addition of Douglas as Pym by tweeting a link to an interview he did with Superhero Hype years ago in which he outlined the involvement of the first and second Ant-Man. The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both… Henry Pym and Scott Lang. So you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60’s, in sort of ‘Tales to Astonish’ mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him. Things can obviously change as a script develops, but this is a cool concept that would give ANT-MAN a very different feel from any other film in the genre. Rudd should make for an excellent Scott Lang and Douglas can certainly be counted on to bring Hank Pym to life. Any way you slice it, this is another feather in Marvel’s casting cap as the studio continues to add all-time greats to its upcoming lineup, which also includes Robert Redford in this year’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. ANT-MAN crawls into theaters on July 31, 2015. Marvel Makes A Legendary Addition To ANT-MAN was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Ant-ManMarvelMarvel Cinematic Universe 9 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 Marvel Makes STAR WARS Comics Theirs next post GOTHAM News and Casting Rumors You may also like MARVEL’S ANT-MAN Battles Yellowjacket In New Image April 9, 2015 Look! It’s ANT-MAN! 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A May-December relationship, if you will. oliver_chang These trolls are debunking the Depp Strange report based on their telepath as well William I’d be fine with older, retired Wasp. Not every woman on screen has to be a sexy ninja. Darren James Seeley and then again there’s plenty of talented actresses who could be Janet who are between 4050 yrs young. …or even in their 60s! Who? How ’bout Sigourney Weaver? Michael Lalaian Some questions that immediately come to mind: I’m excited to see Pym in 60’s action, but how will they pull that off? Will they cast a separate actor as young Hank? Will they use Douglas but do some kind of Tron: Legacy or “Skinny Steve” body doubling for the flashbacks? Will the 60’s Pym be a “public” superhero? If so, it will feel kind of like a retcon as I was under the impression that Iron Man was the first public superhero since the Valkyrie crashed with Steve upon it. “A few months ago, people believed that the strangest thing in the world was a billionaire in a flying metal suit.” A guy who can change body mass at will would contradict that. I do see this as making Janet Van Dyne’s introduction as a young enough and viable candidate for the Avengers problematic. Can it be done? Sure. But the hoops that need to be jumped through make me nervous. All that said though, I’m mostly happy with this! I’m something of an Ant-family super fan, and I’d love to see the interaction between Hank, Scott, Janet, Cassie, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Wonder Man. There’s a family within the Avengers with Ant-Man at the center of it, and in a way they are starting that legacy right here. Of course, without the Ultron connection it might make all that rather hard to achieve… Unless Pym somehow builds Vision instead at some point, which seems possible. Not to prolong an already very lengthy post, but you have to marvel at the number of truly veteran actors that have been cast in this Marvel universe; Jeff Bridges, Anthony Hopkins, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Kingsley, Robert Redford, Glen Close, and now Michael Douglas. The sheer class this brings to the genre is great. Darren James Seeley Pym would not have to a “public superhero” as he might be considered more of a scientist and inventor that may have contributed to Stark Enterprises. I T.J. Since Pym likely won’t be the creator of Ultron in the MCU, I wouldn’t be surprised if other details about Pym / Lang / Wasp are different on screen than they are in the comics. That would include Wasp’s age, maybe even her relationship with Hank. Rob Ó Conchúir Hopefully having Pym as a secondary character means Wright/Marvel/Disney might be willing to examine a little bit more of his dark side. Unlikely, but still a bit more possible. James Harper This means Young Avengers.