Michael Douglas is Hank Pym to Paul Rudd's Scott Lang in 'Ant-Man'
Last night, Michael Douglas took home the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for his spectacular turn in Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra. In the film, Douglas played the flamboyant, legendary pianist Liberace, known for his sparkly and extravagant costumes. Now Douglas will play another character who is no stranger to costumes as Variety has learned the actor will play Hank Pym in Marvel's Phase Three superhero film Ant-Man. Pym is the scientist who becomes the original Ant-Man in the comic books, and it seems like Edgar Wright has keyed us into how he plans to utilize the character.
Following confirmation of Paul Rudd playing the title superhero, Wright posted a photo that he called "homework," and it turned out to be from the animated series "Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes." More specifically, that screenshot was from an episode called "To Steal an Ant-Man," based on the issue Marvel Premiere #47. In that storyline, Scott Lang steals the Ant-Man suit created by Hank Pym to commit a crime, but he decides to do good instead of just being a criminal, and in turn becomes the new Ant-Man, with the support of Pym. Therefore, we assumed that Wright was planning to use both Pym and Lang.
Well, it seems Wright has confirmed a plan to use them both as Ant-Man since he took to Twitter to post an old story from Superhero Hype saying "I spill the beans on Pym & Lang…in 2006." There aren't any intricate details, but Wright says:
"The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both. 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 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. 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."
As for Douglas' casting in the film, the Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige says:
“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.”
So it sounds like we might get a prologue akin to The Incredibles, the sequence before the superheroes are forced to go into hiding. Perhaps Douglas is a retired superhero, and Lang is a skilled thief who decides to steal the suit for a heist job. As we pointed out in Wright's "homework" update, Kevin Feige has called Ant-Man a heist film, so this all makes complete sense. At some point Pym and Lang are supposed to team up, so maybe the heist that Lang is planning is for some sort of item that could be used for destruction. Maybe it's an Infinity Stone? It's hard to say, but we can't wait. Ant-Man is coming on July 31st, 2015.