Monday, January 6, 2014

Edgar Wright Continues to Tease the Inclusion of Scott Lang in Ant-Man


Director Edgar Wright recently confirmed that he was getting back to work on pre-production for his upcoming addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man. Yesterday, Wright teased fans with a peek at his "homework" for the film.


On his personal website, edgarwrighthere.com, Wright posted the following picture with the title, "Homework":


The photo is screen grab from the canceled Disney XD show, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, from the episode entitled, "To Steal an Ant-Man." In the episode, Scott Lang steals Hank Pym's Ant-Man suit and tech to help him save his daughter, Cassie, who is suffering from an illness. 

The screen grab is just one more hint that we will be seeing both Hank Pym, the first Ant-Man, and Scott Lang when the film hit theaters July 31, 2015. Wright and Marvel Studios have long described his film as a "heist film" and often talked about his desire to adapt the "To Steal an Ant-Man" comic to a film. While a lot of speculation around the internet centers on Pym missing from the film or the studio making a new character that's a Pym-Lang combo, that makes little sense if the film is about the heist of the Ant-Man tech. Lang wouldn't be able to steal the gear if Pym weren't there in the first place. 

Wright announcing Ant-Man at Comic-Con 2012 with a copy of "To Steal an Ant-Man"

In addition to the latest tease, we also have this casting call from early November which is almost certainly for Ant-Man. If that's the case, the role of the 6-9 year old young girl is almost certainly for Cassie Lang. We also recently found another, updated casting call which included a brief synopsis of the film which only mentioned Pym. Given the information we have, it's safe to assume the film, which begins filming on May 1st, will include Pym, played by Paul Rudd, and Lang, whose role has yet to be filled. For those worried that it's going to be too crowded and that two Ant-Men are too many, remember that Pym has taken on many other alter-egos during his time in the comics.


A 2-hour film on "To Steal an Ant-Man" could easily feature a flashback to Pym's discovery of Pym Particles and the development of the suit and focus on the Lang "heist" arc. While this film is under a great deal of scrutiny in its early stages, remember that Wright, co-writer Joe Cornish and Marvel have been working on this film for nearly 7 years. I'd expect that they've gotten it (W)right in that time.