Yesterday, Variety revealed that Michael Douglas had signed to play Hank Pym in the upcoming version of Marvel’s “Ant-Man”, directed by Edgar Wright.
What. A Damn. Relief.
The announcement ended months of speculation, and not a small amount of fandom anxiety, about the possible nature of an Ant-Man film helmed by Wright, who has built a career around some brilliant comedy from “Shaun of the Dead” to “Scott Pilgrim”, and starring Paul Rudd, mostly known for comedic roles, for which he has become one of the most often cast actors in Hollywood in the last few years.
The overriding sentiment from myself, and many of my friends, was that although we loved Wright’s work, and had faith in Rudd’s abilities as an actor, we didn’t want to see an Ant-Man film that bore the comedy stylings of a “Scott Pilgrim”.
Yesterday’s announcement quelled those fears, and gave some real hope that ‘Ant-Man’ is going to be the film that most long-time Avengers fans will feel doeas justice to the character.
Douglas will be playing an older Pym, mentor to Rudd’s Scott Lang who assumed the Ant-Man mantle from Pym in the late ’70s.
Since Lang is a reformed burglar with a bit of a dodgy past, there is a lot of potential here for heist-type action, and moral ambiguity. All fun stuff in a superhero storyline.
I’m really looking forward to this movie, as Ant-Man and the Wasp, along with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, were always my favorite Avengers since when I was a child. Also looking forward to seeing Wanda and Pietro in the next Avengers film, even though the Ultimates version of the characters, on which the Marvel film universe is based, are a bit different than their Silver Age counterparts.
Also, Michael Douglas… Damn. I can’t wait to see this, but at least I’m breathing easier now.