Michael Douglas is Hank Pym to Paul Rudd's Scott Lang in 'Ant-Man'

January 13, 2014
Source: Variety

Michael Douglas / 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.

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Al Apone on Jan 13, 2014


Truly awesome! Thanks to phase one Marcel is now able to attract the greatest actors, Robert Redford for Captain America 2, now Michael Douglas. Really cool

Arnould de Wasseige on Jan 13, 2014


indeed that "MARCEL" guy is good friend with the bankers now.

Ntabuye Paul on Jan 14, 2014


Holy shit. This is gonna be great.

Aj Meadows on Jan 13, 2014


This almost shuts the door on Janet aka Wasp's inclusion in the cinematic universe. If Pym is retired and old, we can only assume so is Janet

adam lamonica on Jan 13, 2014


looks very nice

Miguel Garay Boszeta on Jan 13, 2014


So, are we going to get a younger actor to be Hank in the 60's in the (possible) prologue, or will they go "Tron: Legacy: and digitally model Michael's face off of one of his early films? Either way I'm starting to look foward to this movie, where before when it was first announced I was skeptical.

theslayer5150 on Jan 13, 2014


I would like to see them de-age Douglas if possible. The de-aging done on McKellan and Steward in X-Men: The Last Stand was, in my opinion, superior to what they did with Bridges in Tron: Legacy....and it has been several years since hopefully the tech is in a place where they can effectively allow Douglas to play the younger and older version of the role.

Chris Groves on Jan 13, 2014


They are still anyway going to have to need a stunt double for a younger Douglas/Hank Pym because I wouldn't imagine him at his age doing backflips and loopty loops in a superhero suit. So yeah best choice would be a younger actor but if they can't they would have to de-age Douglas and add his image on a stunt doubles face for the initial opening action sequences or flashback. Look at how much Fassbender resembles a younger McKellan as Magneto. They would have to go for an actor about 50/50 the same.

Damon King on Jan 13, 2014


Okay I am not entirely sold on this yet. Great job for Marvel bringing in Edgar Wright, amazing director. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas now that is some solid star power. But it's only the plot that I have mixed feelings about with it being a simple heist film. Plus the initial concept does sound a lot like Batman Beyond....

Damon King on Jan 13, 2014


This is amazing, just wow. I'm getting more and more into this movie as more news come out of it. The plot sounds solid and it'd be awesome if they say that Hank Pym knew Howard Stark in the 60's and he was connected to SHIELD. The heist plot about it possibly being a Infinity Gauntlet sounds really cool. Looking forward to more of this for sure!

Luis Eduardo Ortiz on Jan 13, 2014


Perfect casting Douglas will bring a lot of depth and complexity to the character 🙂

BinaryChaos on Jan 13, 2014


He's too young... haha xD

Fidel Reyes on Jan 13, 2014


Make him a badass modo everyone wants.

DAVIDPD on Jan 14, 2014


It is well with my soul.

mooreworthy on Jan 14, 2014


2015??? Aaaawww!!!!

TheOct8pus on Jan 14, 2014


2015 is gonna be a great year for movies!

john on Jan 14, 2014


sounds cool...

shane willett on Jan 14, 2014


It sounds great because of the big names but being one who is a huge fan of and familiar with the storylines of many Marvel characters. I recall that Dr. Pym who wasn't old at the time, Lang stole the allowed him to keep the suit and become Ant Man. In the meanwhile Pym took on other superhero identities (he was also Yellowjacket, the first Goliath, Wasp and others). As Ant Man he was also a founding member of The Avengers. Big names does not necessarily mean that the movie will do well. Ant Man isn't a mainstream character like those of the X-Men or Spiderman. Look what happened with The Daredevil and Elektra. This movie will have to be spectacular.

LDBrown on Jan 16, 2014

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