Michael Douglas to Play Hank Pym in Marvel’s ANT-MAN

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Marvel is taking a big gamble on a largely unknown property with a weird premise and strange set of characters with this August’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but they also have a less widely known property on tap for 2015 by way of the incredibly promising Ant-Man.  We learned last month that Paul Rudd will lead writer/director Edgar Wright’s comic book adaptation, but the question that lingered on everyone’s mind was which Ant-Man Rudd would be playing.  In the comics there have been a few people that have donned the Ant-Man suit, most notably creator Hank Pym and then later a thief named Scott Lang.

When Wright recently teased Scott Lang with an image posted on Twitter, we were directed to an old interview with the filmmaker in which he talked about using both Hank Pym and Scott Lang in his Ant-Man film.  Well that’s exactly what he’s going to do, as Marvel has just announced that Michael Douglas will be playing Hank Pym in the feature.  Hit the jump for more.

Michael-Douglas-ant-manMarvel has announced that Academy Award-winner Michael Douglas will play Hank Pym in Wright’s Ant-Man opposite Paul Rudd as Scott Lang.  Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had this to say about the decision:

“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,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “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.”

Pym first appeared in “Tales to Astonish #27” and is responsible for first originating the Ant-Man superhero, while Lang came along in later stories as a burglar who stole the Ant-Man suit as a last resort when his daughter became seriously ill.  So how would Wright incorporate both characters into one movie?  He dropped this interesting nugget in 2006 when speaking to SHH, which he not-so-subtly pointed to on his Twitter account this afternoon after the Douglas news broke:

“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.”

This is an incredibly exciting premise that now seems to be more or less confirmed by Wright himself, with the wonderfully talented Douglas playing opposite Paul Rudd. We’ll have to wait until July 31, 2015 to find out how all of this fits together, but Ant-Man is certainly shaping up to be one hell of a project.

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  • alex groes

    Yes! Great casting by Marvel yet again.

  • eternalozzie

    Really happy about this.

  • BADBOYBROM

    Sweet as a nut Kitten, Marvel never disappoints.

    • Lovecraftlives

      Hell yes!! Captain American a little more than a couple of months away and then Guardians of the Galaxy. No way will DC ever catch up with these guys. Marvel all the way!!!

    • The Flobbit

      Sam Rockwell, Tim Roth, and Ben Kingsley have something to say to you.

  • doctor_robot

    i fucking love it!!!

  • Werefon

    W.o.W

  • NICK НΛRT

    HOLY SHIT this is awesome the only things I want to know are who will play young pym in the flashbacks and will we see wasp at all??

    • Lexavi80

      I’m pretty sure they’ll do some Benjamin Button to Michael Douglas.

      • NICK НΛRT

        i HIGHLY doubt that is what marvel studios and edgar wright would go for

    • The Flobbit

      I seriously hope we don’t get some crappy Grudge Match CGI.

      • Batt Damon

        We’ll get some crappy X-Men 3 CGI

      • Matador_Fury

        Or some crappy TRON Legacy CGI

      • Matador_Fury

        Or some crappy TRON Legacy CGI

  • Lex Walker

    Come on Marvel, have the balls to say it: Douglas isn’t an awesome pick because he plays charming so well, it’s because he can play a vindictive egotistical asshole so well, and that’s Hank Pym as he got older and kind of wife-beaty.

  • JBug

    This is very smart. Great vision Marvel!

  • JBug

    @DC, you stink!

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    This is awesome! For a comic book title I’ve never heard of before and only hearing about the awesome talent they have pooled together this is going to the top of my list of most anticipated films. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

    • TigerFIST

      Watch avengers: earth mightiest heroes on netflix

  • Christian

    Brilliant! Hopefully he’ll cross paths with John Slattery’s Howard Stark!

    • NICK НΛRT

      I was just thinking that!! what would be even cooler is if they did the Agent Carter tv show and a young pym was introduced as a scientist pre-ant man in later seasons

  • JK1193

    Only Edgar Wright can come up with a concept as creative as this. Really looking forward to this now.

  • Frank Gilbert

    Could MARVEL hit any more casting home runs? Especially compared to DC.

  • Drale

    This and Guardians of the Galaxy…my gosh! :D
    Plus Captain America 2 and Avengers 2. I really love Marvel!

    • The Flobbit

      Marvel is winning on the big screen because they have a vision and a formula that works. Once DC gets it’s stride…there won’t even be any competition. DC has Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, V for Vendetta, Sandman, Swamp Thing, Watchmen, Constantine, Red, and a shitload of compelling, brilliant properties that will lend themselves excellently to film.

      Marvel’s always been lighter, funnier, cuter. I can’t wait for DC to start adapting Batman: Noel, All-Star Superman, Sandman meets the devil, Del Toro’s Justice League Dark…

      Mark my words. DC WILL RISE AGAIN!

      • Batt Damon

        DC have the better properties, Marvel attracts the better talent

      • The Flobbit

        Sadly, this should not be the case. But you’ve summed it up perfectly.

      • ʝoe ßloggs

        Sorry do you guys own stock in either Disney or Warner Bros?
        If not, why the needless Marvel vs DC debate?
        Makes you look petty and small-minded.

      • The Flobbit

        The only stock I own is the many DC comic books I know and love.

      • Kevin

        V for Vendetta, Watchmen, and Red have all been adapted; there will not be any new films. Sandman is not a superhero story. DC has only made one film in its current universe: Man of Steel. So while Marvel has made films that you consider “lighter” for some reason, there is little indication that DC will make anything more violent or “realistic” with its other franchises.

      • Kevin

        V for Vendetta, Watchmen, and Red have all been adapted; there will not be any new films. Sandman is not a superhero story. DC has only made one film in its current universe: Man of Steel. So while Marvel has made films that you consider “lighter” for some reason, there is little indication that DC will make anything more violent or “realistic” with its other franchises.

      • The Flobbit

        Who’s to say there won’t be a remake of those properties in time? And Marvel and DC are not limited to superheroes, as you seem to think they are. I really don’t get your point. MOS was darker and grittier than any Marvel film ever made…

      • Kevin

        How was it darker and grittier? Because it had clouds of smoke in its death-less city destruction?

      • vpuik

        Maybe because it was all filmed through gray filter that sucked all the color out of it?

      • The Flobbit

        Yes, and it was rather colorless, humorless, and charmless.

      • The Flobbit

        Yes, and it was rather colorless, humorless, and charmless.

      • Kevin

        How was it darker and grittier? Because it had clouds of smoke in its death-less city destruction?

      • The Flobbit

        Who’s to say there won’t be a remake of those properties in time? And Marvel and DC are not limited to superheroes, as you seem to think they are. I really don’t get your point. MOS was darker and grittier than any Marvel film ever made…

  • wESh

    And I thought Ben as Batman was a surprise casting… this is so unexpected and spot on at the same time I can’t wait

  • JBug

    Are you A) Disappointed we aren’t getting a Hank Pym origin story, B) hopeful that this leaves open an appropriate reboot of Ant-Man down the line with Hank Pym as the protagonist, or C) not really interested in seeing a Hank Pym movie?

    • brNdon

      I would have liked to to have been Hank Pym. But if you think about future Avengers projects, I think Scoot Lang brings a better dynamic to the team considering we already have two genius scientists in Tony Stark and Bruce Banner.

      • RiddleThemThis

        I have to agree with you on the team dynamic bit, but my main concern with Scott Lang is that we’ll be missing out on the Wasp character. That being said they can always reinvent the character as the daughter of Pym or something along those lines.

      • Batt Damon

        Maybe we’ll see the Hank Pym Wasp

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  • TigerFIST

    HELL YEAH!!!

  • Angel of Death

    Ooooh…nice!!! It sort of sounds a bit like Batman Beyond or Mask of Zorro in concept. I gotta say I kind of love that!

  • a-man

    I believe the correct response, fanboy or no, is “Holy fuckballs yes-allmighty.”

    • no

      I think you are mistaking fanboy for retard.

  • TigerFIST

    This is great but I’m sure MD will be playing HANK PYM in modern day. Who will play hank pym in the 60′s or am I completely off???

  • Zenexo

    This is casting no one was expecting and an older Hank Pymm is something none of us are use to and for some reason this bit of news gets me really excited. I think they’re gonna make quite an unique superhero film.

  • sense11

    Fantastic News :)

  • Batt Damon

    I really hope this means we’ll get a Hank Pym cameo in Avengers 2. Even if they show him working for Shield, and maybe being involved in the creation of Ultron. It’d be really sweet if we get to see him suit up/come out of retirement and join in in the third act.

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  • ʝoe ßloggs

    Very promising plot-line. Can’t wait!

  • Steve

    Does this mean no Wasp?

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