Marvel has made a official announcement that multiple Academy Award winner Michael Douglas (Wall Street) will play genius scientist and one-time Avenger Hank Pym in Ant-Man, coming summer 2015. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige on the casting:
“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. 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.”
Douglas joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is intriguing, especially considering his age, but the more interesting discussion to be had is what his casting means for the franchise as whole. Douglas is Hank Pym, the first Ant-Man who in the comics, created the technology behind the ability to shrink and become giant. But the news also comes with confirmation that Paul Rudd is playing Scott Lang.
Scott Lang for those who don’t know, is the second Ant-Man. In the comics he is a struggling electronic engineer who steals the Ant-Man suit from Pym to save his daughter, and eventually tries to turn himself in but Pym sees that Lang isn’t evil, eventually giving him the Ant-Man suit and tech. Lang later becomes an Avenger so we could expect that to occur come The Avengers 3.
Ant-Man hits the theaters on July 31, 2015.