A few weeks ago, news broke that comedian Paul Rudd, would be playing the Marvel superhero, “Ant-Man” in Edgar Wright’s adaptation of the comic series, which will begin Phase 3 of Marvel’s Avengers’ Initiative. It turns out that news was a bit speculative and premature. Truth be told, Academy Award winner Michael Douglas will be playing the size-shifting Avenger, also known as Hank Pym.
In the Marvel Universe, Hank Pym is a biophysicist who accidentally discovers a new variation of particles that can allow him to alter his size and develops a helmet that can allow him to communicate with ants, and with this new technology becomes the superhero “Ant-Man.” Paul Rudd is still apart of Edgar Wright’s project, but he will play the character of Scott Lang. Lang is the character who becomes the second incarnation of Ant-Man, but initially, Lang is a petty thief who ends up stealing Pym’s technology to try and save his daughter from an ailing heart condition.
Michael Douglas is one of the industry’s most renowned actors with a legendary career that has made a mark on screen’s large and small. His cinematic career has produced amazing performances including “Wall Street,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and “The American President” and last night he just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for his portrayal as Liberace in “Behind the Candelabra.” News of his joining the Marvel’s Avengers’ Initiative certainly comes as a surprise, especially landing the lead character in a superhero feature.
“Ant-Man” will pick up where “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” will leave off and will arrive in theaters in July 15, 2015.