Monday, January 13, 2014

Michael Douglas is Ant-Man

Now some of you are confused that an older gentleman would be cast in the starring roll of a major Marvel Studios film (not that there are minor ones). First, let's get the announcement out of the way and then if they haven't addressed it, we will.

The two-time Academy Award-winning actor will join director Edgar Wright and Paul Rudd in Marvel's "Ant-Man," hitting theaters July 31, 2015.

"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," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. "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."

The legendary actor, who earned an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role for his iconic portrayal of Gordon Gecko in "Wall Street," has also starred in numerous modern classics including "Basic Instinct," "Fatal Attraction," "The Game," "Wonder Boys," "Traffic" and many more. In addition to acting, Douglas has also served as Producer and Executive Producer on a number of films including "Romancing the Stone," John Carpenter's "Starman" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," for which he also won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Most recently, Douglas earned a Golden Globe and his first Primetime Emmy Award for his role as legendary entertainer Liberace in the HBO original film "Behind the Candelabra."

Douglas will star as Hank Pym, who first appeared in TALES TO ASTONISH #27 (Jan. 1962), with Rudd starring as Scott Lang in the film.

See??!! You already forgot they cast Paul Rudd as Ant Man, the younger hero who will most likely be doing the bulk of the battling in the film. Hank Pym is the original Ant-Man in Marvel Comics, dating far back into the history of The Avengers. That being the case, we have heard they wanted the origins of the character to be alongside Howard Stark, Tony (Iron Man) Stark's dad, and by default, alongside Captain America as well. We'll have to wait and see how they will handle Scott Lang taking on the suit, powers and incredible responsibility of hero..with 2015 so, so far away.

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