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Edgar Wright teases the possibility of two protagonists in Marvel's Ant-Man

01.06.2014

Director Edgar Wright is deep into pre-production on Marvel's ANT-MAN, the planned finale to their Phase Two line-up, which is set to star Paul Rudd as the size-shifting hero. However, it's yet to be said just which version of the character he'll be playing and Wright recently posted a tease that suggests it may not be the original incarnation of the character, Hank Pym, but rather the later version of Scott Lang. Wright posted a screengrab from the fifth episode of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes animated series with the tagline "homework." The episode starred both Pym and Lang, ultimately ending with Lang taking over the mantle of ANT-MAN.

From Wright's blog:

Pym is well known in the Marvel universe to be, well, kind of a dick, which Rudd could easily pull off, but Lang is a bit more boisterous and playful in his demeanor, certainly without the nastiness of Pym, so it will be interesting to see which character he's ultimately shouldered with. However, Wright suggested a long while back (hat tip to Collider for the link) that both characters could play a role in the film, saying:

"Well, the thing is that what we want to do, 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."

Interesting stuff. With Tony Stark basically being laid out as the creator of Ultron instead of Hank Pym for THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, the switch of having Scott Lang instead of Hank Pym as the main version of ANT-MAN wouldn't be too far of a stretch. It certainly seems like the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going "Pym-less" but until we hear anything officially we won't know for sure. Either way, I'm buzzed for Wright's take on the character as he's yet to let me down.

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11:04PM on 01/06/2014
So if the Wasp is in this she's likely going to be an old lady by the time the story gets to modern day. If that happens it'll be a shame. First she's cut from The Avengers all together, now she might be relegated to a tiny role at the beginning of this one...
So if the Wasp is in this she's likely going to be an old lady by the time the story gets to modern day. If that happens it'll be a shame. First she's cut from The Avengers all together, now she might be relegated to a tiny role at the beginning of this one...
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7:08PM on 01/06/2014
Holy Cow! I don't have any preference but it would be great to have two protagonists in the movie.
Holy Cow! I don't have any preference but it would be great to have two protagonists in the movie.
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2:54PM on 01/06/2014
I hope that Hank Pym is in it and he is a dick. Everyone is really buddy-buddy in The Avengers so it will be nice to have someone who isn't necessarily evil and is a hero, but isn't exactly a nice person either.
I hope that Hank Pym is in it and he is a dick. Everyone is really buddy-buddy in The Avengers so it will be nice to have someone who isn't necessarily evil and is a hero, but isn't exactly a nice person either.
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7:58PM on 01/07/2014
I don't think Hank Pym is a real dick. He's got some real issues though, deep down stuff that causes him to act the way he does in his life. He still ranks up there on the (Marvel) intel list w/Reed Richards,Tony Stark, Prof. X, etc. The whole Ultron thing was one thing that sets him off too...blame game. What the writers need to do is really play up the whole "Pym particle" (it's the thing that allows him to shrink or grow). The Ant Man identity was actually only around for a few years,
I don't think Hank Pym is a real dick. He's got some real issues though, deep down stuff that causes him to act the way he does in his life. He still ranks up there on the (Marvel) intel list w/Reed Richards,Tony Stark, Prof. X, etc. The whole Ultron thing was one thing that sets him off too...blame game. What the writers need to do is really play up the whole "Pym particle" (it's the thing that allows him to shrink or grow). The Ant Man identity was actually only around for a few years, then he became Giant Man, and then later on Yellow Jacket (another identity that reflected another psychological breakdown of Pym's).

Other than that...Hank was always a team player. So much so that the Avengers kicked him out and then took him back.

PS: I'd love to have a cool Wasp in the mix.
2:05PM on 01/06/2014

Pym...

it's that simple.
it's that simple.
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1:56PM on 01/06/2014
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1:38PM on 01/06/2014
I trust Marvel & Wright to give us a good flick. I guess we'll see if that trust has been misplaced, but I don't think so. Yet....
I trust Marvel & Wright to give us a good flick. I guess we'll see if that trust has been misplaced, but I don't think so. Yet....
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1:37PM on 01/06/2014
So there's STILL hope for Fillion as Pym!!!!
So there's STILL hope for Fillion as Pym!!!!
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1:30PM on 01/06/2014
It has to be WASP. Paul Rudd and you know Rashida is going to be Janet.
It has to be WASP. Paul Rudd and you know Rashida is going to be Janet.
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1:29PM on 01/06/2014

Hank Pym

I'm not too familiar with the main Marvel universe's Ant Man, but I really liked the inclusion of Hank and Janet Pym in the Ultimate Marvel universe. It was known that Pym had the whole Ant Man thing going, but he was mostly used as Giant Man, which really seems more useful in a city-wide battle situation, anyway. I rather enjoyed him being a dick and feeling undervalued or unappreciated and the actions it led to - wife-beating and all. Not so much as a likable character, and I'm certainly not
I'm not too familiar with the main Marvel universe's Ant Man, but I really liked the inclusion of Hank and Janet Pym in the Ultimate Marvel universe. It was known that Pym had the whole Ant Man thing going, but he was mostly used as Giant Man, which really seems more useful in a city-wide battle situation, anyway. I rather enjoyed him being a dick and feeling undervalued or unappreciated and the actions it led to - wife-beating and all. Not so much as a likable character, and I'm certainly not condoning violence towards women, but for the purposes of the story. It was great to see Captain America hunt him down and kick the crap out of him and it was fun to see the Hulk embarrass the shit out of him, as well. Everyone's so buddy-buddy in the Avengers, eating schwarma together and all; there wasn't ever really that much tension or animosity in the group. I'm sure Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be used this way, but it would be interesting to have a guy on the team who's a super but not really a hero.
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1:27PM on 01/06/2014

In Edgar Wright I trust

Between SCOTT PILGRIM (which I liked) and the Cornetto Trilogy, Edgar Wright's carved out a solid resume. I guess we're not getting Wasp, though. I'd like to see more heroines kicking ass and taking names.
Between SCOTT PILGRIM (which I liked) and the Cornetto Trilogy, Edgar Wright's carved out a solid resume. I guess we're not getting Wasp, though. I'd like to see more heroines kicking ass and taking names.
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1:09PM on 01/06/2014
I couldn't be any more excited for this film. This and Guardians of the Galaxy will definitely be game changers for Marvel and will hopefully push Doctor Strange to finally get its ass going into production.
I couldn't be any more excited for this film. This and Guardians of the Galaxy will definitely be game changers for Marvel and will hopefully push Doctor Strange to finally get its ass going into production.
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