So there you go. After casting Paul Rudd was Ant-Man, Marvel revealed today, that two time Academy Award winner, Michael Douglas will play Hank Pym in the upcoming Ant-Man movie. But Pym is the original Ant-Man, what does this mean, then? Director Edgar Wright posted on his personal blog a couple days ago, an image from the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ episode “To Steal an Ant-Man”, that adapts the comic story of the same name. In it, Scott Lang steals the Ant-Man suit from Hank Pym, to perform a heist. Wright once said this was going to be a heist movie, and with Rudd as Scott Lang and Douglas as Hank Pym, it seems we know where the film is going.
“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.”
The interesting part? Short before the annoucnement, Variety reported Douglas would play the villain in Ant-Man, and quickly changed the report. Could it be? Then, Edgar Wright himself tweeted a link from an interview he had with Ed Douglas, back in 2006. In the interview Wright said he wanted to have an older Hank Pym, and use flashbacks to show him as Hank Pym back in the 1960s. We can only wait.
Ant-Man, with two Ant-Men, releases in theaters on July 31st, 2015. We cannot wait.