It appears that Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man will have at least two versions of the hero.
It was all but confirmed that Paul Rudd would play Scott Lang/Ant-Man in the film; today, this was confirmed by Marvel Studios. They delivered a fairly large surprise with that bit of information – Michael Douglas has been cast as Doctor Hank Pym. Yes, you read that correctly. Douglas, who will be 70 by the time the movie releases won a Golden Globe last night for his role in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra. He also won Best Actor at the 1988 Oscars for his role in the movie Wall Street. He is however probably most famous to today’s audiences for the series of thrillers he has done, including titles such as Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, Falling Down, and The Game.
“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”
“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.”
Pym, the original Ant-Man, debuted in 1962’s Tales to Astonish #27. Through the power of his own intellect & science (particles he discovered, formula he made, helmet he invented), he gains the power to dramatically alter his size. There have been a few diverse takes on Pym’s character in the years that followed; in the Ultimate continuity, which the Marvel Cinematic Universe favors, he’s done some incredibly un-heroic things. Lang came into the picture eighteen years later in Avengers #181; he becomes Ant-Man after burgling Pym’s suit & formula. He did this in order to save his ailing daughter’s life. This could very well be the story line Wright’s film follows as he has previously referred to it as a “heist” film.
Ant-Man, written by Wright and long-time collaborator Joe Cornish, will release on July 31, 2015. Do you think they will successfully be able to wedge two Ant-Men into the MCU? Let us know that and what you think of the casting news in the comments.
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