Some major answers about Marvel’s upcoming movie ‘Ant-Man’ were confirmed on Monday as Oscar winner Michael Douglas was cast in the new movie and confirmed to play scientist Hank Pym…
Everyone has been curious for months about Edgar Wright’s upcoming movie ‘Ant-Man‘ with speculation running wild which version of the character would appear in the film.
The original Ant-Man was scientist Hank Pym, who created the technology surrounding Ant-Man’s incredible shrinking and regrowing process. Later in the comic books a thief named Scott Lang stole the Ant-Man suit to be able to commit crimes without ever being detected before finally turning from villain to hero.
Wright teased the possibility of Lang’s appearance in the movie with a recent blog post talking about research for the upcoming movie, which referenced a cartoon titled ‘To Steal an Ant-Man’. The episode centered around Lang stealing the Ant-Man technology for his own personal use.
Now with confirmation that Douglas will play and older version of Pym, that leaves star Paul Rudd to play Scott Lang in the upcoming movie.
“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”
As filming gets started later this year, Ant-Man just became an even more interesting tale in the Marvel scope of movies with The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron also set to begin production in 2014. For those unaware, in the original comic book Hank Pym is the scientist responsible for creating the murderous robot Ultron, but as of recently writer/director Joss Whedon said Pym will have nothing to do with his Avengers movie.
This newest development doesn’t necessarily change that as most have speculated that The Avengers 2 will likely shift Ultron’s creation to Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr. but the casting of Douglas could add an interesting wrinkle into the movie if Marvel chooses to go that route.