One way to pass the time between bi-annual entries in the Marvel movie universe is to watch some of the Marvel-based programming on Disney XD, including the animated series The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. That’s apparently what director Edgar Wright has been doing in the days counting down to production on his own entry in the Marvel cinematic universe, Ant-Man.
Much still remains unknown about the script for Ant-Man, and while Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) has been announced to star in the titular role as Hank Pym, it’s unclear whether he’ll be the only version of Ant-Man included, or whether Scott Lang will play an important part as well. Way back in 2006, Wright said that the intention was to show Pym’s background and history as the character, but to have Lang take over for the bulk of the film.
Wright’s latest tease suggests that this idea might still be going strong even after all these years. The director posted a still from The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes episode ‘To Steal an Ant-Man’ on his blog with the simple caption: “Homework.” The still in question shows Lang stealing the iconic helmet from Pym shortly after the original Ant-Man makes the decision to retire from the Avengers.
While it’s important to be wary of reading too much into a casual post on social media, the reference to this episode in particular further compounds the evidence that Ant-Man will focus on Lang taking up the mantle from Pym. In an interview with IGN last fall, Marvel Studios mastermind Kevin Feige said that Wright originally pitched Ant-Man as a “heist movie,” and that it was this element that got Marvel excited for the project. He then reaffirmed that the current version of Ant-Man is going to be in the heist genre.
In short, it’s looking fairly likely that Ant-Man is going to be based around Lang’s theft of the Ant-Man outfit and technology. At the very least, the heist element described by Feige suggests that the eventually reformed thief will play some kind of role. Then again, maybe Wright just wanted an excuse to sit around watching cartoons all day.
Tell us in the comments if you like the sound of Wright’s Ant-Man heist movie, and which version of the character you’d prefer to see moving forward in the Marvel cinematic universe.
Ant-Man will be in theaters on July 31, 2015.