Two-time Academy Award winner Michael Douglas has joined Marvel's Cinematic Universe as Dr. Henry Pym in Edgar Wright's Ant-Man!
In a move that nobody could have seen coming, Marvel announced today that legendary actor Michael Douglas has joined the cast of Ant-Man, their first Phase 3 film, as Dr. Henry Pym, an original Avenger and the first Ant-Man!
The 69-year old Douglas, who took home a Golden Globe last night for his work as Behind the Candelabra, joins Paul Rudd, who it now appears will play Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man, in the film. The addition of Douglas to the cast only goes to further legitimize the genre of comic book movies and, potentially, draw the interest of an entirely different audience to the films. Having grown up in the 80s, Douglas was one of the great actors of my childhood and took on many memorable roles. I'm sure I'm not alone and I'm sure people my parents' age may also give a second look to a film that they may have otherwise passed up.
Reuters caught up with Douglas to discuss why he took the role and he told them, "I've been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long. The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan (the actor's 13-year-old son) will love it. He'll have a picture he can see." Douglas also commented on why he continues to surprise people with his choices of late, saying, "Sometimes-like (when) they didn't see you for Liberace-you've got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun." And while Douglas didn't reveal the terms of his contract with Marvel, he did leave open the possibility of returning to the role of Pym, "(Marvel) reciprocated well, there are sequels. Who knows?"
While I was a die-hard "Rudd-as-Pym" guy, I can certainly support the casting of Douglas as Pym even though it means the film will certainly take on an entirely different direction than expected. With an older Pym, several questions come to mind, such as what was he doing with this technology for all this time? Was he working for S.H.I.E.L.D? Where the hell has he been? Questions I am sure are some of the exact issues we've heard about when it is mentioned Wright has been rewriting the film to fit the current MCU.