[WARNING! POTENTIAL ANT-MAN SPOILERS AHEAD!]
Marvel Studios has had a lot on its plate these past few weeks. As the PR machine kicks into ever-higher gear in advance of the August release of the ambitious Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel had to focus on replacing the outgoing Edgar Wright with Peyton Reed as director of Ant-Man along with setting a director for Doctor Strange.
With the various reactions to Edgar Wright’s departure from the film he shepherded for almost ten years still fresh in mind, and with Peyton Reed jumping into a production which is already far enough along that the projected release date in July 2015 hasn’t changed, it’s no surprise that we’re hearing reports about character details and story lines.
Some recent rumors concerning the Ant-Man costumes and plot points named the character of Darren Cross, who runs Cross Technological Enterprises, a contemporary and rival to Stark Industries. In the comics, Darren Cross is the cousin of William Cross, better known as the villain Crossfire. The costume Darren Cross wears in Ant-Man is said to be “similar” to that of Ant-Man himself, but “militarized” and colored yellow and black.
According to Bad Ass Digest, the suit design actually points toward another, different character, and one who is famous within the Ant-Man universe. The yellow and black design may mean that Yellowjacket could end up as the main antagonist of the film, or else teased for future appearances. While this information is phrased as speculation in the BAD article, ComicBook.com claimed to have confirmed this report via a “trusted source.”
The inclusion of Yellowjacket should be taken with plenty of salt, as always, but it does make a certain amount of sense. The Darren Cross costume described above could merely be referencing the character, but Yellowjacket was a persona of Henry Pym (Michael Douglas), the original Ant-Man. An accident with a batch of chemicals set loose a darker personality in Pym, who then acted on his repressed feelings for Janet van Dyne, A.K.A. Wasp.
Given the strong indications that the second Ant-Man, Scott Lang – played by Paul Rudd – will be the main focus of the movie, expect Yellowjacket’s origins to be significantly altered. With Matt Gerald (Avatar, G.I. Joe 2) confirmed to be playing a villain, and with little known about the “important role” Patrick Wilson is taking on, could either of them be playing Yellowjacket?
The Strain star Corey Stoll may also still be attached and is thought to be playing a villain as well. While we think Wilson is playing a younger version of Hank Pym, but nothing has been confirmed. If Hank Pym’s past does come into play, we may very well be seeing Yellowjacket in some form.
While it’s more likely that the character will have an updated origin, the notion of exploring a villainous aspect of Pym – to contrast Scott Lang’s personality, perhaps – is not out of the question. Expect more details on Ant-Man soon enough.
Ant-Man will be released on July 17, 2015.