After a healthy amount of rumor and speculation, today Marvel confirmed Paul Rudd will indeed play Ant-Man in its first Phase Three film. It’ll land just a matter of weeks after Avengers: Age of Ultron too, which suggests a cameo, stinger or some other lead-in to this lesser known character.
I’m a fan of Paul – if only for his constant torment of Conan O’ Brien – and think he’ll bring a great sense of quirky energy to the role. With Edgar Wright directing it should be a slightly sillier film than the rest (even though Thor gets pretty cheesy at times) but again, with an Avengers film on its doorstep and Hank Pym’s many issues (hit his wife, created genocidal robot) can it really be that silly and fun?
So whyyyy Ant-Man? Well mainly because he creates Ultron and bases the robit on his own brain patterns. Ultron is supposed to be his greatest achievement, but derp it quickly becomes obsessed with killing and replacing its father. This alone leads to all kinds of drama, strife and anguish in Hank’s life, leading to even more stress and several costume/name changes.
HOWEVER – Marvel’s more or less said Ant-Man isn’t tied to Ultron in the upcoming movie so…. not sure why he’d get his own film, actually. Other than Hank is often portrayed as the “ALSO super smart guy but not as smart as Stark and kinda resents it and tries to overdo it,” which does make him a conflicted dude with wacky powers. To my knowledge he doesn’t have a “key story” to show why he’s such a great choice for a multimillion dollar movie, but just thinking visually the whole huge/small thing could be cool, and it does open up the floodgates for all kinds of goofy crap.
I’d suggest checking out the ’60s Avengers stuff, but also his recent-ish stint as the leader of the Mighty Avengers from #21 on (linked below!); it’s a great sampling of him attempting to be a leader, or a technical wizard and often falling short but stiiiiill winning. You can also check Age of Ultr… nah don’t.
Marvel Studios may surprise us with this one… or it may finally stretch itself too far.
But this will always be in my heard:
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