News broke earlier this week that Michael Douglas was not only joining the cast of ANT-MAN, but would play the role of Hank Pym, with Paul Rudd playing his successor, Scott Lang.
For those not familiar with the comic continuity, Pym is the first Ant-Man and one of the first Avengers. He created the “Pym Particles” which allowed him and Janet Van Dyne (The Wasp) to resize their bodies. Scott Lang, a former criminal, stole Ant-Man’s equipment and serum in order to help his ill daughter. When caught, Pym encouraged Lang to keep the getup as long as he used it to help people.
Whether or not that will be the plot of the movie is yet to be seen.
As far as Douglas goes, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said that “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.”
He went on to say that they “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.”
Michael Douglas stated that he had “been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long. The script is really fun, the director is really good. [my 13-year-old son] Dylan will love it. He’ll have a picture he can see.”
Douglas just won a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of Liberace in HBO’s Behind the Candleabra.
This news also confirms what director Edgar Wright had stated about the film way back in 2006, saying that they were looking to use both Pym and Lang with a flash-forward kind of story. So the likliehood of us seeing a young Hank Pym in action isn’t too out there either.
“The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both,” Wright told SuperHeroHype in 2006. “Is to have a film that basically is about Henry Pym and Scott Lang, so you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the ’60s, 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. So it’s like an interesting thing, like the Marvel Premiere one that I read which is Scott Lang’s origin, it’s very brief like a lot of those origin comics are, and in a way, the details that are skipped through in the panels and the kind of thing we’d spend half an hour on.”
ANT-MAN is set to hit theaters on July 31, 2015.