3 Reasons Marvel’s Ant-Man Movie Could Be a Surprise Hit

Disney's (NYSE: DIS  ) Marvel recently announced that it had cast Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, the titular hero of the 2015 Marvel film that will be incorporated into the rapidly expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.

However, many people responded to that announcement with two simple questions -- who the heck is Ant-Man, and why should we care?

Source: Celebuzz.com

To better understand who Ant-Man is and why he represents an important turning point for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we need to look back at the growth of the film franchises over the past five years.

Ever since Disney acquired Marvel in 2009, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been expanding at a rapid rate. Marvel's vision for a unified Cinematic Universe to complement its comic book one came together with The Avengers, a film that grossed $1.5 billion worldwide and seamlessly united four of the company's core film franchises -- Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor.

Marvel is building its Cinematic Universe in three clearly defined phases. For now, the path to the end of Phase 2 is fairly clear:

 

Total films

Starts with:

Ends with:

Phase 1

6

Iron Man (2008)

The Avengers (2012)

Phase 2

5

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Phase 3

TBA

Ant-Man (2015)

TBA

Source: Wikipedia.

Phase 2 will mostly be a continuation of Phase 1, which introduced audiences to the four main Avengers. However, Phase 2 notably includes The Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), which will introduce over a dozen new Marvel characters such as Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and Ronan the Accuser.

Although Avengers: Age of Ultron will be a guaranteed blockbuster, it's unclear if following up that huge film up with an oddball film like Ant-Man is a good idea.

However, let's give Marvel the benefit of the doubt and take a look at three big reasons I believe that Ant-Man could be a surprise hit.

1. A clean slate

Ant-Man is an unfamiliar hero to most people, since he hasn't appeared in any feature films since his creation in 1962. Yet that unfamiliarity, often considered the upcoming film's biggest weakness, could also be its greatest strength.

Ant-Man is the alter-ego of Dr. Hank Pym, a scientist who discovers subatomic particles known as "Pym particles." These particles allow him to shrink and grow his body at will. He can also communicate with and control ants by using a telepathic helmet.

Ant-Man is notably the creator of Ultron, a psychotic AI robot modeled on Pym's own brain. Ultron will be the main villain in Avengers: The Age of Ultron, but since Ant-Man will be released after Ultron, it's unclear how the connection between Ant-Man and Ultron will be reestablished.

Ant-Man flees from Ultron. Source: Marvel.

In my opinion, Ant-Man's lack of mainstream recognition could actually make him a fresher, more interesting character for movie audiences.

Constantly retelling and rebooting superhero origins gets old in both comics and movies. After all, how many times do we have to see Uncle Ben die in Sony's (NYSE: SNE  ) Spider-Man or watch Bruce Wayne's parents get gunned down in Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX  ) Batman? At some point, audiences simply want fresh stories, rather than being told the same old tales.

By comparison, the Disney side of the Marvel Universe has effortlessly succeeded at introducing comic book characters to mainstream audiences who aren't as familiar with their comic book counterparts.

Prior to their film adaptations, there were doubts that Captain America and Thor -- both less familiar characters -- would translate well to film. Box office numbers and critical response, however, have proven naysayers wrong.

Film (Year)

Production budget

Global box office

Rotten Tomatoes Rating

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

$140 million

$371 million

79%

Thor (2011)

$150 million

$449 million

77%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

$170 million

$627 million

65%

Source: Boxofficemojo, Rotten Tomatoes.

Considering Disney and Marvel's track record with successfully launching "less familiar" characters into film franchises, I believe that Ant-Man could be a bigger hit than most people expect.

2. Top-notch talent

Ant-Man might also be a surprising hit thanks to its top-notch cast and crew.

Paul Rudd isn't exactly an actor on par with Robert Downey, Jr., but I believe that he could have the requisite sarcasm and comedic wit to play Hank Pym.

However, director and co-writer Edgar Wright is the man who could make Ant-Man a hit. Edgar Wright isn't a household name, but he has an exceptional track record. Let's take a look at the box office and critical response for Wright's four main films.

Film (Year)

Production budget

Global box office

Rotten Tomatoes Rating

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

N/A

$30 million

91%

Hot Fuzz (2007)

N/A

$81 million

91%

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

$60 million

$48 million

82%

The World's End (2013)

$20 million

$46 million

89%

Source: Boxofficemojo, Rotten Tomatoes.

While Wright hasn't completely proven himself at the box office yet, it's clear that critics and audiences enjoy his films.

More importantly, he's a director who established his career on smaller indie films -- just like Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men) and Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins) -- rather than bombastic CGI extravaganzas.

Considering Wright's eclectic career so far, I think that Ant-Man could be a refreshingly different film compared to Marvel's established franchises.

3. It could actually be lots of fun

Last but not least, Ant-Man could actually make comic book films fun to watch again.

Ever since Christopher Nolan rebooted Batman in a more realistic, military-industrial form in 2005, comic book movies have been darker than ever. Marc Webb rebooted Sam Raimi's Spider-Man (2002) as The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), a joyless affair that lacked Raimi's near-perfect balance of campiness and seriousness. Zack Snyder also rebooted Superman into a gloomy, loud affair with The Man of Steel (2013), which lacked the charm of Richard Donner's classic films.

Disney's Marvel films, at least, usually understand that comic book films shouldn't take themselves too seriously. The Avengers was lighthearted and unrealistic, but at no point did it disrespect the source material, as Joel Schumacher infamously did with Batman & Robin (1997).

Ant-Man could take audiences back to the time when Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) amazed audiences with kids sleeping in Legos and riding an ant through the backyard. Moreover, Pym can control his size -- shrinking to the size of an ant or a becoming massive giant -- which could lead to some crazy comic situations. A head-to-head confrontation with the Hulk would be particularly hilarious, in my opinion.

The bottom line

Make no mistake -- Ant-Man is a risky project. If done badly, it could bomb and start Marvel's Phase 3 films on the wrong foot. However, if done right, it could help Marvel's Cinematic Universe keep growing, and eventually become as diverse and interesting as the comic book universe on which it is based.

What do you think, dear readers? Will Ant-Man be a blockbuster or a bomb? Let me know in the comments section below!

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  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 11:06 AM, imageoverload wrote:

    "Prior to their film adaptations, there were doubts that Captain America and Thor -- both less familiar characters -- would translate well to film."

    Uhh, Captain America has never been a "less familiar" character. I was digging this article until I saw that.

    Basically, Leo, you and your buddies must have had some pretentious conversation at a Starbucks about "less familiar" characters. And despite what you "motley fools" came up with, Captain America is probably the most recognized character in the world. So recognized, that studio's had to rename their movie "The First Avenger" so they could sell it in foreign countries that would denounce the Stupid Fat American Demon.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 11:21 AM, TMFSunLion wrote:

    Funny comment -- but I'm saying that Captain America was a less familiar comic book character than say, Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man.

    People might know who Captain America is -- but they aren't as familiar with his ORIGIN story. There was even a debate if a Captain America film would even sell at all when the film was first announced.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 12:10 PM, Smurfkillersquee wrote:

    I'll be honest. I think this film will be another Green Lantern. There is no way a film like this will gain the traction of previous Marvel movies. We want to see super heroes battling super villains with lots of property damage. Ant-man's powers are very mediocre.

    And Captain America WAS a mediocre movie. The ONLY reason they even made it was as a setup for the avengers. To be honest, I don't think this movie will do that well.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 12:11 PM, Smurfkillersquee wrote:

    I'll be honest. I think this film will be another Green Lantern. There is no way a film like this will gain the traction of previous Marvel movies. We want to see super heroes battling super villains with lots of property damage. Ant-man's powers are very mediocre.

    And Captain America WAS a mediocre movie. The ONLY reason they even made it was as a setup for the avengers. To be honest, I don't think this movie will do that well.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 12:56 PM, lacerz wrote:

    If you've read comics, Captain America and Thor are very familiar. If not, then they won't be. How many people were familiar with the X-men or Fantastic Four before those movies? How about Ghost Rider? Spiderman and the Hulk were probably the most famous Marvel IPs, with the Hulk getting a boost from the Lou Ferrigno TV series back in "the day".

    I like Rudd. I like Wright. I'm sure both will be able to put out a quality product. My only question is will there be a fence hopping scene.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 1:02 PM, Mortebellum wrote:

    I grew up on comics. Mostly Marvel, but some DC as well. Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Spiderman, Hawk Eye, Black Widow, and Wolverine were consistent members of Avengers who impressed repeatedly, however Ant Man (Giant man) and Wasp were the worst of the characters. Even in the comics they are not impressive. They've been shown in the Ultimate Avengers cartoons as well, but still lack the wow factors that would be needed to impress movie goers. It might get rented from Redbox, but dont plan on it reshaping the image of comic book movies in the theater.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 1:02 PM, lacerz wrote:

    I'd really like a movie based off of The New Mutants. I know we just got done with the attack on New York, but the Inferno storyline would be fun.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 1:02 PM, RickinDenmark wrote:

    Plain and simple -- Marvel delivers ... and I expect they will do so again.

    I remember Ant Man from when I was a kid and found him a less engaging character then, but will certainly be at the box office for this one - and that is saying something considering that a matinee movie ticket runs about $20 in Denmark.

    Personally, I want a Black Widow movie from Marvel, and a Hawkman movie from DC.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 1:05 PM, SirRugglinin wrote:

    I think they will need a dysfunctional realtionship with the Wasp to keep audiences interested - there is a danger of these characters being too 2-D. Given the Ant Man is so peripheral to most movie goers - the writers should strive to make him as complex character as they ever had for this genre ( No One is going to have much pre conceived disappointment etc )

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 1:06 PM, agbchief wrote:

    1st of all, it is sad that Ant-Man was an original Avenger, along with his wife, Janet, who was the Wasp. They were NEVER part of the 1st movie's original team, whereas Hawkeye and Black Widow were (who were not in the original Avenger's comic folklore). 2ndly, I LIKE Paul Rudd. I'm biased because he is from Kansas City, MO and a HUGE Chief's fan. So that makes him "cool" in my book. I don't care for a whole lot of his work, but he is funny, genuine and talented. I DO NOT see him as a Super Hero though, but the actor who portrayed Dr. Banner in the Avengers pulled it off, though he was NOT given the benefit of the doubt at 1st either. 3rd, I'm surprised the article makes NO MENTION of Vin Diesel being the voice of "GROOT" in The Guardians of the Galaxy. That's fairly epic in my opinion. Lastly, Disney's Marvel movies best be stepping it up a notch real fast. I NEVER saw Iron Man 4 or Super Man during the summer, but "Supes" seemed to be the fan favorite from everything I read about the 2 flicks. Fanboys (& girls) were sorely disappointed in the movie's rendition of the Mandarin from what I understand, I.M. "biggest" nemesis, and the ball was dropped, regarding the villain's role.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 2:01 PM, delfra wrote:

    @gbchief - You mean "Iron Man 3" not '4' dude. And as far as audience responses to "Iron Man 3" 409 million domestic/1.2 billion worldwide and "Man Of Steel" 291 million domestic/663 million worldwide, I think you've got your facts a little mixed up there my friend. Now personally I didn't like what they did with the 'Mandarin' either, but as far as movie audiences goes they love 'Iron Man' way more than 'Superman' right now, it's not even close. I would say that only 'Spider-Man' and 'Batman' rival 'Iron Man's' popularity right now with movie audiences. So it's not that Marvel has to step it up but DC has to catch up.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 3:39 PM, travid wrote:

    Marvel, with Disney's backing and guidance, will not make any major missteps. They are very good at engaging actors that can add intelligent wit to a character in a different fashion than the 1 liner humor from the 80's action genre (Stallone, Schwarzenegger, even Bond films). Rudd will fit the bill nicely, and the writing will undoubtedly be good, as it will reconnect back to Age of Ultron. I'd even bet that we will see Rudd in a cameo in Age of Ultron. Perhaps a few 'easter eggs' in forthcoming Marvel/Avenger hero films. I think the movie will be a hit, but not on par with Iron Man.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 4:45 PM, elroi714 wrote:

    Who is Ant-Man? You are kidding me- right? I mean, we've already had an Avengers movies and NO Hank and Jan!!! And what's this- we're planning on #2 and STILL no Hank and Jan!!! But we have his creation- Ultron? Talk about getting it bassackwards! It was a pure injustice that Ant-Man and Wasp were left out of ANY of these movies and Hawkeye and Black Widow were brought in instead! In fact, I really don't see how you can have Ultron without Dr. Henry Pym! Maybe they will at least acknowledge that Ultron was his creation- maybe? What's next? A Guardians of the Galaxy movie without Starhawk and Capt. Vance Astro? Sure. While we're at it, let's make a Dr. Strange without The Ancient One, Baron Mordo and Wong. Instead of being a neurosurgeon, he can be a gynecologist! And instead of being a rich party boy who ruins his hands in a car wreck from being drunk- he can be a nice guy who gets hit by a drunk. Sure- let's rewrite the comic books- they sucked anyways- right?

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 5:33 PM, roboranx wrote:

    The author of this article realizes something that the majority people may not but soon will.....Ant Man has the potential to be a very fun movie to watch. Let's take a look at it from a few perspectives.

    Effects: Ant Man will be able to show us the world from an entirely different perspective. Being an inch high means everything looks different and everything is dangerous! There are limitless scenarios where the character could go and get into both thrilling action scenes as well as incredibly comical moments. With modern day effects, this alone is worth the price of admission. Honey I Shrunk the Kids on steroids!

    Story: From what we've heard so far, Ant Man will not be your traditional Super Hero Origin movie. Not that there's anything wrong with those but being that we've seen so many of them recently, it will be nice to get something fresh. If Ant Man gives us the "heist" picture that we've been hearing rumors about, that could be a new and interesting way to explore the powers that our hero has. Think Ocean's Eleven meets Spider-Man (2, my favorite).

    New Characters: The fact that many people don't know Hank Pym well enough may be a bad thing to some buuuuut, it may also be a good thing. People will come because it's a Marvel/Disney movie and they will come without preconceptions. Look at how many times those preconceptions have let us down in recent memory. (I'm looking at you Man of Steel) Anyway, having a charismatic actor (Paul Rudd) with a new character on screen (Hank Pym or Scott Lang) may be the formula for success. Its worked before. (Robert Downey Jr./Iron Man anyone?)

    He's an Avenger for a reason: We all know how well the Avengers did. Most comic book geeks know how Ant Man was an original Avenger and might have been in the first movie had timing been better. But many people don't dig Ant Man's rogues gallery or think he can hold up a film by himself. I admit, besides the weird Mad Scientist origin that Ant Man comes from, there aren't many stories that would do the character justice. However, the modern versions of Ant Man tell the story of a troubled yet brilliant scientist with a very special power set we haven't yet seen on screen. Modern Ant Man\Hank Pym brings together the wow factor of high tech science like Tony Stark\Iron Man, the rage and anger like Bruce Banner\Hulk with an emotional component like Steve Rogers\Captain America. As diverse and complex a character as he is, he comes ready to fit in (and not fit in) to the Avengers.From a visual stand point alone, you have to think of Hank Pym as more than just Ant Man...he's also Giant Man! Can you imagine for just a minute an Avengers movie where a 50ft Super Hero comes rumbling down the streets of New York?! Forget about Hulk Smash, you'll have Pym Pulverize! (sorry)

    Lastly, Edgar Wright: He hasn't let me down yet. I love his films and I think that he has just the right balance of humor, action and pop culture references to bring Ant Man to life on the big screen in a fun and exciting fashion. His comedic timing is great but not camp. He knows how to handle action scenes with special effects as well. Lets face it, other than Brad Bird and J.J. Abrams, there aren't many other people I would like to see doing this picture.

    So, any takers?

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 5:59 PM, Harris2you wrote:

    Fun? ahem... you do realize Pym is actually (as portrayed in the comics) a narcassistic jackhole who beats his wife Janet, right? That seems just as funny as "Honey, I shrunk the Kid"

    But let's play the comedy role... who cares about the millions of fans that grew up being teased caring about these characters? Nope, we're making the big bucks now selling it as cool to the people who just started to realize how comics actually are.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 7:08 PM, bkdlots wrote:

    This could open the door for The Wasp, Vision, Jocasta, Masters of Evil or even MODOK.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 7:22 PM, FuzzyJ wrote:

    I love Paul Rudd, but this is MAJOR miscasting! Hank Pym is well over 6' tall, while Rudd is barely 5'5"!

    And if they try to have him be Giant Man/Goliath down the line.....well, that's just going to look silly! This was not thought out!

    Finally, if they add the Wasp to the mix, they're going to have to get an actress who's under 5'! Not good!

    I've said it for years...Aaron Eckhart would have been PERFECT for the roll!

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 12:49 AM, ral203 wrote:

    the success of ant-man will be a direct result of the success the 2-3 movies have prior to its release. since one of those is an Avengers sequel that likely features Ant-Mans creation (or nemesis... I am unfamiliar with Ant-Man in general), it will be as close to a sure thing as Hollywood gets. Even if the Avengers sequel is a stinker, it will not bomb financially, which is how success is rated with major motion pictures.

    On a separate note, these films are now helmed by Disney, whose worse products generally fare better than any other companies mediocrity. All the "negative Nancy" crap spun by fanboys is for the birds. This company knows how to cast, knows how to edit, knows how to produce, and knows how to sell. They're experts, in fact. so, just wait and see. They could've said Shaq was going to play Ant-Man, and you would go see it.

    Lastly, Thor and Captain America are tentpoles. Sorry, article-author, but that is FACT.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 3:18 AM, Zwrecker wrote:

    Out of the gate I'll say my opinion is biased. Always dug X-Men and Spider-Man and Ghost Rider was even a dope ass comic character as far as Marvel Universe goes. But personally I always dug the Venom comics they put out there or Even the Deadpool ones. How's about a sweet ass anti-hero one??? I personally see a film of that sort having a considerable amount more fan appeal than an Antman film.

    Other than that I'd really like to see a better take on the Spawn franchise from Image. I found the animated series fairly decent but the live action take on that comic particularly lackluster. Looking to that comic series could even open the possibilities for an Angela(one of Spawn's nemeses/comrades at points trough the comic series for those of you unfamiliar with the comic). Either way you go there Angela or Spawn could both have tons of potential for multiple films with gritty...gripping storylines.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 4:54 AM, stpetersburg wrote:

    Stupid article. 3 reasons, it's Marvel, it's a superhero movie, and come on! If Avengers was a hit... it was a piece of crap!

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 9:54 AM, bsujosh1980 wrote:

    Can't wait for this movie. Even if its cheesy and not as action packed as the other Marvel movies. I just want what this author said.... Fresh Faces. Ant Man was actually one of the first handful of people who started The Avengers, and was a SHIELD agent with WASP. He discovered Vibranium which made Captain Americas Shield. Ant Man/Pym also not only created Ultron with Stark, but he also developed S.H.I.E.L.D's Prisons (The Big House, The Vault, The Cube, The Raft), and the aircraft they flew in The Avengers with the help of Dr. Reed Richards. There is a HUGE potential to tie in a whole new Fantastic 4 reboot, and a great beginning story line. A spin off for WASP, its literally endless. and after all, You have to start somewhere. Go Marvel!

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 10:50 AM, waffen5 wrote:

    Awesome that they are finally getting the two original Avengers missing. Hopefully we will be seeing Skrulls and Kree in the future as well. Ant-Man could become a new character for Netflex like Daredevil if he takes off. Hopefully they will also be adding Vision to the line up. As long as Disney & marvel keep adding characters they will add fans to both the comic and comiccons list.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 1:58 PM, BoosieBob wrote:

    I hope its well done and does well.

    You don't necessary need a well known figure to make a big comic book hit.

    I don't think you could've found a more obscure one than "Blade" and that became very popular.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 2:00 PM, Kees wrote:

    Ant Man will be a hit! It will be a hit for the very reasons the author of this article said it will be. I am a so called "fanboy", but I try not to talk around angry with a stick up the @$$ all the time and look at things from a wide perspective and he hit all my reasons for why this movie will be a huge success. Yes he did call Cap and Thor less familiar characters. I do believe he just used poor choices in wording. yes Cap and Thor are major characters (Esp Cap) in the comic book universe and to comic book fans and those who don't read comics are definitely familiar with Cap prior to the movies, but not on the same magnitude as Spider Man, Super Man and Bat Man and that is what I think he was trying to articulate. What I will say is he should not have compared Ant Man to Cap. That was just ridiculous. Unfamiliar to the masses and simply being obscure are two different things. Ant Man is obscure and almost B-list at best so that was not a great comparison, but him being obscure is precisely why this will work. First off anything Marvel/Disney related is gold. Their seal means everything. Just the fact that people are now talking and the movie hasn't even been made means success is coming for this character. Just for the simple fact that people enjoy watching these connected films means it will be a hit. Ant Man although obscure is an interesting and unique character...the fact that he will be shape shifting to extreme sizes equals super fun factor right there. Also too many of us adults have gotten comfortable with these Rated R versions of our favorite characters. We kind of forget that these characters are for kids as well so for every male adult who rolls his eyes at Ant Man, 10 children will be eating up the trailer of this super hero riding on the back of an ant underneath a picnic table.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 6:32 PM, Topkat wrote:

    ANT-MAN and THE WASP SHOULD have been in the FIRST AVENGERS MOVIE. They were among the FOUNDING MEMBERS of THE AVENGERS when that comic was first published in 1963... along with IRON MAN, THOR, and THE HULK. HAWKEYE and BLACK WIDOW were not even IN the Avengers when they first formed . In fact, they were VILLIANS..... enemies of IRON-MAN. Leave it to HOLLYWOOD to screw things up.

    If MARVEL/DISNEY was concerned about an ANT MAN/GIANT-MAN movie being a success, all they had to do was to give them wider exposure by simply putting them in the FIRST AVENGERS MOVIE to give them wider exposure....and THEN make their movie later and include flashbacks on their ORIGIN in THAT film. This would have made them more familiar to moviegoers BEFORE their individual movie was released...guaranteeing it's success , while at the same time , staying on safer historical ground.

  • Report this Comment On December 25, 2013, at 9:03 AM, rickvelezyr wrote:

    I don't think that Ant-Man should have its own movie. The character should have been introduced before or in the Ultron movie. Don't take me as a hater, I love the Marvel Universe but there are other characters that are more solid like the Black Panther who is a n original Avenger and has had great story lines in the past. I'm sure that the movie will be good and entertaining but I would have gone another way.

  • Report this Comment On December 25, 2013, at 3:08 PM, roboranx wrote:

    For those individuals who believe that the entirety of Hank Pym's story revolves around "wife-beating", they need to go back and actually read the history of the character. Yes, Hank Pym slapped Janet Van Dyne (aka The Wasp) however this incident was written as part of his mental decline and subsequent downfall orchestrated by his arch nemesis, Egghead. Hank has always had issues and no the movies should not ignore this fact, however these events should play out over time just as they did in the comic books. Tony Stark was on a self destructive path with Alcoholism but they didn't necessarily cover this aspect as a main story in Iron Man 1 but rather as a background element that culminated in Iron Man 2 when Stark "lost" one of his armors to Rhodey. So, yes, it is important that the films stay true to the characters as they were written but in response to those who believe that flawed characters can't also provide fun and thrills, well, these opinions are a bit short sighted imo. Lastly, I definitely do not justify violence against women and do not attempt to downplay it with my comments however I did want to clarify that the character of Hank Pym should not only be defined by this one act.

  • Report this Comment On December 27, 2013, at 10:46 AM, Endymion2014 wrote:

    I think this could be a hit now that Rudd is in it. He is a very talented actor who can get audiences teary-eyed with emotion and laughing with his cynical sarcasm. And Wright writes great material. Even when his stuff gets campy (which he assured this project won't) it is filled with a dry British cynicism that blends well.

    But this article's author did NO research about this film project.

    Edgar Wright himself has stated these following things: 1) There will be NO Ultron connection. In the movie universe Stark creates Ultron. 2) Wright said this will have comedic elements but WILL NOT be a spoof or another Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Ant-Man is not a victim of being shrunk, he controls it and retains his full-sized strength and uses it like a super-power. 3) Though this is in the same universe as the films, Ant-Man will be more self-contained (don't expect him rubbing elbows with the Avengers any time soon). 4) This was never intended to be Ant-Man VS. one million aliens/robots/super-villains. According to Wright, this is going to be a "heist movie" overlaid with Ant-Man's origins. Possibly the plot will revolve around someone trying to steal Pym Tech (particles and gear). This leads to another thing the article never mentioned. Wright said the film will also feature Scott Lang who (in the comics) was the successor to Pym and became Yellow Jacket. Rumor has it that Joseph Gordon Levitt is up for the role of Lang, who in the comics is slightly younger than Pym.

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