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Paul Rudd and James Marsden don't have much to say about Ant-Man or X-Men: Apocalypse

Dec. 12, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

Sometimes a person can tell you plenty by not saying anything, but unfortunately that isn't the case this morning with Paul Rudd and James Marsden. Absolute Radio spoke with Paul Rudd at the red carpet premiere for ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, and they asked him about the casting rumors for ANT-MAN. Rudd's response?

"Oh, that's all rumor man. There's nothing I know, sorry."

So does that mean Paul Rudd is definitely not in the running for ANT-MAN? In video below, Rudd doesn't seem like he's bullshitting when he says he knows nothing about ANT-MAN, but we all know how less than truthful actors can be about their upcoming (or not officially announced) roles. I think Paul Rudd would make an excellent Ant-Man, and I really hope him possibly playing the character isn't just a rumor. 

James Marsden won't be back as Cyclops in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (unless it's suppose to be a surprise and Bryan Singer has managed to keep his return quiet), but is there a chance he'll appear in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE? When asked if he'll be in the next X-MEN movie by Absolute Radio, Marsden said he doesn't know anything about X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. When informed of the release date, James Marsden said, "it's way too early" (as in, too early to speculate if he'll be in it or not), but Marsden also said he hopes he will be in the next movie and "loves being a part of that world."

So which actor should we believe? I think Paul Rudd is at least being considered for ANT-MAN. That doesn't mean he will play the character or that he even wants the part, but I do believe Marvel is interested in him as Ant-Man. I would love to see James Marsden in another X-MEN movie, however I do agree with the actor's comments on it being way too early.

ANT-MAN will be in theaters July 31st, 2015, and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE will be released on May 27th, 2016.

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8:49AM on 12/13/2013
Just finished reading Ultimate Avengers vol. 1-2. I never read the original Avenger comics...though I vaguely remember an Ant-Man guest appearance in one of the Spider-Man comics. My first proper experience to Hank Pym was the Ultimates animated movie...where he plays a slightly softer version of the guy that appears in the Ultimate comics. There's also my experiences of Ant-Man from the Earth Mightiest Hero's animated series where Hank Pym is an all round good guy pacifist. Where am I
Just finished reading Ultimate Avengers vol. 1-2. I never read the original Avenger comics...though I vaguely remember an Ant-Man guest appearance in one of the Spider-Man comics. My first proper experience to Hank Pym was the Ultimates animated movie...where he plays a slightly softer version of the guy that appears in the Ultimate comics. There's also my experiences of Ant-Man from the Earth Mightiest Hero's animated series where Hank Pym is an all round good guy pacifist. Where am I going with this? Well I only know Rudd from the type of movies where he might be a good fit for the good guy Pym - can't see him playing the douchebag Pym - but then, Disney wouldn't given us that version, eh?
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6:03PM on 12/12/2013
As for Rudd... Seems like the Internet made this story and is still running with it it... And I think it's a stupid horrible .choice. I'm a little confused what exactly they are doing with the Ant-Man movie, whether it's Pym or Pym is only going to part of making the suit? Regardless I want see someone like Chris Pine, the character of Hank Pym is a cocky, bi-polar, tough, confident, genius... Doesn't really sound like Paul Rudd. With Star Trek in limbo and the studio aborting Jack Ryan
As for Rudd... Seems like the Internet made this story and is still running with it it... And I think it's a stupid horrible .choice. I'm a little confused what exactly they are doing with the Ant-Man movie, whether it's Pym or Pym is only going to part of making the suit? Regardless I want see someone like Chris Pine, the character of Hank Pym is a cocky, bi-polar, tough, confident, genius... Doesn't really sound like Paul Rudd. With Star Trek in limbo and the studio aborting Jack Ryan scheduling could work for Pine, he is my top choice for sure
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5:23PM on 12/12/2013
I'm hip to this news in hopes that we see Marsden on screen as Cyclops again... His exclusion to the series is like an Avengers movie without Captain America... It just feels like something is missing.

I also hope when we eventually see Cyclops on screen again they embrace how powerful he is, we have yet to see Cyclops do anything even close to his potential. The fanboy in me thinks they should give us his own film to make up the lack of the character, deal with how he is basically blind, I
I'm hip to this news in hopes that we see Marsden on screen as Cyclops again... His exclusion to the series is like an Avengers movie without Captain America... It just feels like something is missing.

I also hope when we eventually see Cyclops on screen again they embrace how powerful he is, we have yet to see Cyclops do anything even close to his potential. The fanboy in me thinks they should give us his own film to make up the lack of the character, deal with how he is basically blind, I watched an ep of X-Men Evolution last night from season 3 that delt with this, he had his glasses stolen and he was blind without them, I think that would be a cool direction to take a solo film... Come on Fox X-Men Orgins: Cyclops. WHY STOP THERE? Choose your main roster of 5 mutants not including Xavier and give them each a solo film (cyclops/jean, storm, ice man, angel, colossus and kitty pride, rouge and gambit, [link] Double up on some mutants if not confident the character alone is enough) THIS IS REALLY the ONLY WAY to copy the formula Avengers used, which they have already publicly said is what they are trying to do.
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3:29PM on 12/12/2013
They definitely need Marsden back for X-Men. I hope they're keeping his involvement hush-hush on DOFP. Like it would be awesome if in the third act the course correction happens and Cyclops just shows up to fuck up some sentinels or something.

And regarding Paul Rudd. It would be cool if he did play Ant-Man, but at the end of the day I don't think it's any big loss. Nothing against Paul Rudd, I think he's awesome but I don't think Ant-Man is exactly the role he was born to play. There
They definitely need Marsden back for X-Men. I hope they're keeping his involvement hush-hush on DOFP. Like it would be awesome if in the third act the course correction happens and Cyclops just shows up to fuck up some sentinels or something.

And regarding Paul Rudd. It would be cool if he did play Ant-Man, but at the end of the day I don't think it's any big loss. Nothing against Paul Rudd, I think he's awesome but I don't think Ant-Man is exactly the role he was born to play. There are other actors out there who could do as much justice to the character as he could.
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3:33PM on 12/12/2013
And just to add to this. If they can't get Marsden back for Cyclops, regardless of his statements in the article above I distinctly remember him never liking the character back when they filmed the first three movies, I would be cool with them recasting the character.

Personally, I would be a big fan of Jamie Bamber to take over the role. Those of you unfamiliar with him, he played Apollo in the Battlestar Gallactica remake.
And just to add to this. If they can't get Marsden back for Cyclops, regardless of his statements in the article above I distinctly remember him never liking the character back when they filmed the first three movies, I would be cool with them recasting the character.

Personally, I would be a big fan of Jamie Bamber to take over the role. Those of you unfamiliar with him, he played Apollo in the Battlestar Gallactica remake.
2:17PM on 12/12/2013

Paul Rudd = Ant Man

If not SImon Pegg or Nate Fillion than Paul Rudd is an obvious third choice.

I REALLY want to see him in with the Avengers cast. I also hope Chris O'Dowds Thor character returns in Avengers 2 since he was the best part of that movie.
If not SImon Pegg or Nate Fillion than Paul Rudd is an obvious third choice.

I REALLY want to see him in with the Avengers cast. I also hope Chris O'Dowds Thor character returns in Avengers 2 since he was the best part of that movie.
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2:11PM on 12/12/2013
I want em both, but wasn't it already stated that Apocolypse was only going to be the first class x men? I guess that was probably a rumor, so maybe not for sure, but we will see
I want em both, but wasn't it already stated that Apocolypse was only going to be the first class x men? I guess that was probably a rumor, so maybe not for sure, but we will see
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10:36AM on 12/12/2013
I really hope both of them are bullshitting. Days of Future Past is going to be the biggest X-Men film up to date and there's no way they wouldn't have Cyclops appear in the film leading the X-Men. Especially when this film is going to try and fix the previous timeline from before. So I really hope he's in the film because I thought Marsden did a terrific job of playing the character and Cyclops is one of my favorite superheroes of all time.

As for Rudd, I can't see anyone else playing Ant
I really hope both of them are bullshitting. Days of Future Past is going to be the biggest X-Men film up to date and there's no way they wouldn't have Cyclops appear in the film leading the X-Men. Especially when this film is going to try and fix the previous timeline from before. So I really hope he's in the film because I thought Marsden did a terrific job of playing the character and Cyclops is one of my favorite superheroes of all time.

As for Rudd, I can't see anyone else playing Ant Man at this point except for him. Hopefully he gets the role and just kicks ass with it.
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10:15AM on 12/12/2013
To not have Cyclops in these films shows that the studios don't have a full grasp on the characters. Like in First Class, they had his brother Havok locked away cuz he afriad of his own power, that could of easily been Cyclops. He's not a hard character to pull off, its not like he's Wonder Woman. All you need is a actor that isn't too thin or big that can play a no non sense field commander. Many people may not like him, but I feel that he can be a interesting character, especially now in
To not have Cyclops in these films shows that the studios don't have a full grasp on the characters. Like in First Class, they had his brother Havok locked away cuz he afriad of his own power, that could of easily been Cyclops. He's not a hard character to pull off, its not like he's Wonder Woman. All you need is a actor that isn't too thin or big that can play a no non sense field commander. Many people may not like him, but I feel that he can be a interesting character, especially now in the comics where everyone doesn't like him cuz of the death of Xaiver
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9:55AM on 12/12/2013

Marsden was a good cyclops

Cyclops is one of the primary X-Men characters! he's the number 2 in charge after Prof. X. if Prof. X is the team coach, Cyclops is the team captain. Marsden did a good job of capturing that douchey suck-up team leader quality (like a Leonardo in TMNT). WE NEED HIM BACK!
Cyclops is one of the primary X-Men characters! he's the number 2 in charge after Prof. X. if Prof. X is the team coach, Cyclops is the team captain. Marsden did a good job of capturing that douchey suck-up team leader quality (like a Leonardo in TMNT). WE NEED HIM BACK!
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9:40AM on 12/12/2013
They terribly miscast Cyclops, that's the whole problem. He was one of the best characters in the cartoon and when they took X-Men to the big screen, they got someone average height and handsome instead of someone tall and muscular. Plus they turned him into a "bitch" with his constant arguments with Wolverine.

They need to re-introduce Cyclops into the series. The only reason he's not in it in the first place is because James thought Superman Returns was going to be a big hit and didn't
They terribly miscast Cyclops, that's the whole problem. He was one of the best characters in the cartoon and when they took X-Men to the big screen, they got someone average height and handsome instead of someone tall and muscular. Plus they turned him into a "bitch" with his constant arguments with Wolverine.

They need to re-introduce Cyclops into the series. The only reason he's not in it in the first place is because James thought Superman Returns was going to be a big hit and didn't want to be apart of X-Men anymore.
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3:46PM on 12/12/2013
Thumbs up bro I agree. I always likes the fact that Cyclops was tactical, he would try to avoid conflict when he could, but if it hit the fan he would step up and start kicking gratuitous handfuls of ass. I just didnt see THAT Cyclops in Marsden. Cyclops was NEVER afraid of Wolverine, and it would hilarious to see a scene where Marsden scrapped with Jackman.
Thumbs up bro I agree. I always likes the fact that Cyclops was tactical, he would try to avoid conflict when he could, but if it hit the fan he would step up and start kicking gratuitous handfuls of ass. I just didnt see THAT Cyclops in Marsden. Cyclops was NEVER afraid of Wolverine, and it would hilarious to see a scene where Marsden scrapped with Jackman.
10:54AM on 12/13/2013
Thanks man, not sure why I'm getting so much negative feedback. But I'm glad you see my point.
Thanks man, not sure why I'm getting so much negative feedback. But I'm glad you see my point.
8:39AM on 12/12/2013
Like many people, I am not a Cyclops fan, but he's still an important character whom got shafted in X2 and X3, especially X3. I would be VERY impressed if Marsden made it back in DOFP. That would be very sweet. As for Rudd, it could work. Only time will tell.
Like many people, I am not a Cyclops fan, but he's still an important character whom got shafted in X2 and X3, especially X3. I would be VERY impressed if Marsden made it back in DOFP. That would be very sweet. As for Rudd, it could work. Only time will tell.
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8:28AM on 12/12/2013
They BOTH looked like they were bullshitting. Marsden was apparently on a plane to Canada at the exact time DOFP was shooting. What better surprise could Singer have than Cyclops showing up? NONE...I really think he'll make an appearance....I HOPE so, How the fuck can you have X-Men without Cyclops?
They BOTH looked like they were bullshitting. Marsden was apparently on a plane to Canada at the exact time DOFP was shooting. What better surprise could Singer have than Cyclops showing up? NONE...I really think he'll make an appearance....I HOPE so, How the fuck can you have X-Men without Cyclops?
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