MICHAEL DOUGLAS cast as HANK PYM for Wright’s ANT-MAN!
By: Von Jared Omo
AHHH! So, this is the first post of the new year. And with that I say…HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Ok, that’s done and over with. Now, on to some news concerning a little Marvel Comics movie called “ANT-MAN.” With Paul Rudd being cast to play Ant-Man in the movie, I thought it was safe to assume that he would be playing Hank Pym, the first Ant-Man. Let’s do a little history lesson on Ant-Man, shall we?
Hank Pym, is the first Ant-Man and married to Jan Van Dyne (Wasp) and somewhere along the Marvel Universe, he creates the robot Ultron (history lesson ends here! By the way, Avengers 2 is named AGE OF ULTRON. You see where this is going now?). So, if Michael Douglas is playing Hank Pym, who is Paul Rudd playing? Well, he’s playing Scott Lang, the 2nd Ant-Man who steals the suit from Pym and uses it to help save his daughter’s life (by utilizing the suit to save a doctor’s life who then saves Lang’s daughter’s life…so, really…he could’ve just asked the doctor without having to go through the ordeal of having to steal the suit in the first place, right?). Anyway, Lang’s back story has a more dramatic element to it, which may cause audiences to have more of a connection to Lang instead of Pym (seriously, Pym beat the hell out of his wife. Do the kids really need to know or see that? Of course, not!).
Am I somewhat disappointed that Wright isn’t focusing on Pym? Yes. But do I understand why? Sort of. Pym has a lot of demons in his back story, just check out the storyline from when he donned the Yellowjacket Persona. The thing is…it’s already been done in a Marvel movie and we already have a Marvel character who has shown he has demons of his own, and that’s Tony Stark/Iron Man. So, is it a good move to not focus on Pym for this Ant-Man movie? We’ll just have to wait and see! One thing is for sure, though, it’s going to be awesome to see Michael Douglas in a comic book movie!