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Edgar Wright confirms his Ant-Man will feature Hank Pym

Jul. 23, 2013by: Alex Maidy

After Joss Whedon's statement that Hank Pym would not be appearing in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, the question arose as to whether or not Edgar Wright's movie would feature the original hero or a later version such as Scott Lang or Eric O-Grady. Well, someone asked Wright that very question and he gave a not very clear answer:

ANT-MAN will "feature" Hank Pym.

As far as the comic origin goes, Dr. Henry Pym became Ant-Man when he tested a shrinking ray on himself. Pym would later join The Avengers with his girlfriend Wasp. He alternated identities between Ant-Man, Giant Man, Goliath, and Yellowjacket. The constant is that Pym is able to shift between being a normal strength at ant size and super strong at giant size.

Wright's test footage from last year's Comic Con showcased the shrinking ability, so it remains to be seen if we will get Giant Man in the big screen version. All versions of the Ant-Man identity have referenced Pym, with Lang getting his persona after stealing it from Pym and O'Grady obtaining his suit from a S.H.I.E.L.D. locker.

It is safe to say that if Wright is keeping Pym, his proposed "badass secret agent" approach to the character may mean we are getting an all-new take on the Hank Pym character or Pym will create ANT-MAN but may not be ANT-MAN. I guess we will find out more as the November 6, 2015 release date for ANT-MAN gets closer.

Source: iO9

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6:54AM on 07/24/2013
yeehaw has raised an interesting point about it being important to differentiate Hank Pym from the likes of fellow super-scientists Bruce Banner and Tony Stark. It would be fun to see how Wright gives him a distinct personality.
yeehaw has raised an interesting point about it being important to differentiate Hank Pym from the likes of fellow super-scientists Bruce Banner and Tony Stark. It would be fun to see how Wright gives him a distinct personality.
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11:10PM on 07/23/2013
First they take away Ultron and then Hank Pym may not even be Ant-Man? Remind me why they're even bothering with this character if they're going to take away his best villain and not even have the main guy don the suit?
First they take away Ultron and then Hank Pym may not even be Ant-Man? Remind me why they're even bothering with this character if they're going to take away his best villain and not even have the main guy don the suit?
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9:29PM on 07/23/2013

It really HAS to be Pym

Pym is a HUGE part of the Avengers and has such great story lines that are right up there with say demon in a bottle, he should still be the one to create Ultron IMO, but I think if they base Pym more on the ultimate version I can see him being a badass secret agent more, really hope he ends up in Avengers 3
Pym is a HUGE part of the Avengers and has such great story lines that are right up there with say demon in a bottle, he should still be the one to create Ultron IMO, but I think if they base Pym more on the ultimate version I can see him being a badass secret agent more, really hope he ends up in Avengers 3
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8:48PM on 07/23/2013

Glad that its Pym, but he should have been introduced into the films soooo long ago.

I really have very few complaints with how Marvel was crafted their cinematic universe, for the most part they've done an excellent job of utilizing characters from the comics to fill even the minor roles of their movies. For example Christine Everhart, who is Leslie's Bibb's character in the original Iron Man, is a character from the comics. They could have filled her with some random reporter who was an original character, and most people would have been none the wiser, but no, Marvel went
I really have very few complaints with how Marvel was crafted their cinematic universe, for the most part they've done an excellent job of utilizing characters from the comics to fill even the minor roles of their movies. For example Christine Everhart, who is Leslie's Bibb's character in the original Iron Man, is a character from the comics. They could have filled her with some random reporter who was an original character, and most people would have been none the wiser, but no, Marvel went the extra mile. This is true of most of their films, the vast majority of characters from Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Incredible Hulk, Captain America, and Iron Man 3 are all characters from the actual comics (with Agent Coulson being the shining exception). So it baffles me why Marvel didn't stick to this with Thor, out of all of the characters in their vast universe why did they have to create Erik Selvig and Darcey Lewis? Really, out of all of your scientist characters you couldn't find one that fit the bill? Okay, how about this, I'll help you. Replace Erik and Darcy with Hank and Janet. This gives the audience some good initial exposure to the characters. Then in The Avengers instead of some random character who was just created for the previous movie getting brainwashed you can have Hank get brainwashed, you know so that you can ACTUALLY HAVE ALL OF THE ORIGINAL AVENGERS IN THE FILM, instead of everybody except for two very noticable exceptions. It provides the perfect setup to use the character before he actually "becomes" Ant-Man and would've gone a long ways in terms of building up hype for his solo movie. Heck have him become Ant-Man in The Avengers 2 and people will not only be familiar with, but anxiously awaiting his solo film to arrive a few months later.
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6:43PM on 07/23/2013
I hope that the Ant-Man in this Ant-Man film is infact Hank Pym. Since this is the first time we've ever had an Ant-Man film, it should feature the first character who played Ant-Man.

My top choice for Ant-Man is still Aaron Eckhart.
I hope that the Ant-Man in this Ant-Man film is infact Hank Pym. Since this is the first time we've ever had an Ant-Man film, it should feature the first character who played Ant-Man.

My top choice for Ant-Man is still Aaron Eckhart.
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6:46PM on 07/23/2013
Please say Ant-Man some more
Please say Ant-Man some more
7:31PM on 07/23/2013
Ant-Man. Did you Ant-Man actually Ant-Man read the Ant-Man article? Ant-Man. Ant.

Man.

Ant-Man.
Ant-Man. Did you Ant-Man actually Ant-Man read the Ant-Man article? Ant-Man. Ant.

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Ant-Man.
7:41PM on 07/23/2013
ANT-MAN!
ANT-MAN!
6:21PM on 07/23/2013

Hopefully it's Pym.

I feel like it needs to be the first iteration of the character. Though, for the sake of not overloading the Marvel movieverse with scientist/super smart guy alter egos, I really like the "badass secret agent" idea.
I feel like it needs to be the first iteration of the character. Though, for the sake of not overloading the Marvel movieverse with scientist/super smart guy alter egos, I really like the "badass secret agent" idea.
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