Michael Douglas Praises ‘Ant-Man’ Script & Director

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In the midst of Batman vs. Superman casting rumors earning major headlines, Marvel Studios stepped in with an official announcement to earn some buzz for one of their two films beginning to shoot early this year. After confirming in December 2013 that Paul Rudd will lead Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Ant-Man, the studio followed up by revealing that two-time Oscar winning actor Michael Douglas will be playing Hank Pym alongside Rudd.

The news doubled as a confirmation that the character Paul Rudd is playing is Scott Lang, the second man in Marvel Comics to take on the Ant-Man mantle, but not before committing a crime or two to steal the technology and use it to save his daughter. The story for the Edgar Wright written and directed adaptation remains largely a mystery but it’s one that two-time Oscar winner Michael Douglas is excited to jump into.

Speaking with Reuters after the official announcement of his casting, Michael Douglas – who reportedly was sought out early on – reveals that joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a goal of his for quite a while.

“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.”

He continues, explaining the decision to join the superhero movie genre this late in his career, that he likes to keep surprising moviegoers – “you’ve got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun” – like he did with his performance as Liberace in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.

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Most actors joining the Marvel camp are required to sign lengthy, multi-picture deals so the studio can ensure the longevity and continuity of their characters and stories. Does that mean Hank Pym, one of the earliest Avengers in Marvel Comics, will stick around after Ant-Man?

“(Marvel) reciprocated well, there are sequels. Who knows?”

Take that for what you will, but with no current plans for another Iron Man solo film and only one more sequel coming for both Thor and Captain America (after The Winter Soldier releases in April), so Marvel may be relying on sequels to their newer characters like Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy if they cannot land some epic contract extensions with the current members of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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More: Johnny Depp Meeting With Marvel For Doctor Strange?

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. I swear to god, its comments like these that make me sick of the damn internet. Ignore that sh*t Rob, great news and looking forward to this movie!

  2. i can picture Michael Douglas at Comic Con thinking to himself “what did i get myself into“

    i really think Marvel needs to step up to making 3 to 4 movies a year hit the iron when it`s hot, plus the actors can all get enough screentime and crossover to each movie in a shorter amount of time before they get recast

    • Two blockbusters a year is more than enough (and possibly too risky), but Marvel could produce a low budget grind house style double feature with a late Oct release (a rubber suit monster B movie with a 2-4 mill budget followed by a gory slasher film with a 18-20 mill budget) and release a moderate budget film with in the 50-60 mill production cost range in Mid Feb.

      Then Marvel could clean up splitting double features into separate extended cut DVD properies – i.e. take a 60 minute B movie and release a 250 minute directors cut DVD that also acts as a pseudo sequel.

  3. sounds like there is more in the pipeline than we can imagine

  4. I do like Pym as a hero better than Lang but I’m glad that Marvel is using the characters to make newish stories for the MCU. When comic movie try to go to much from a specific comic story than there is always backlash that it was not done right. However there is backlash from this approach as well.

    • From my perspective, both of your backlash statements are relatively the same depending on the brand, such as Star Trek Into Darkness. But I can agree in that I’m rather fond of the universe that Marvel is building for their cinematic anthology.

    • And it’s also good to see the movie going along a different line than other origin stories instead of making it cookie cutter.

  5. I wonder if the story from Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is being incorporated – where Iron Fist and Luke Cage were part of the story of Lang stealing the tech from Pym. Would be interesting if this launched the 2 characters for the Netflix series. Didn’t Wright tweet pictures from that particular episode out not too long ago?

    • What ep. is that give me link plz?

      • The Episode is called “To Steal an Ant-Man”

      • Season 2, Episode 5.

  6. This has the potential to be a sleeper hit. Seems like they are taking inspiration from the To Steal An Ant-Man storyline, which is great IMO. I just hope they tone the humor down a bit. I’m all in for this film.

    • According with what Edgar Wright said about that, toning down the humor some is in in their intentions.

      • Hope so…too much humor detracts from taking a storyline seriously. I am hopeful for this movie, but think they are missing a bigger and better opportunity (and more popular one and a long-range one at that with the fans) by not working Pym as Goliath or Giant-Man into The Avengers. This is something a majority of fans familiar with the team’s history want to see, and if Marvel wants the fans to keep paying the bills, they will deliver what the long-term fans want to see and quit changing everything around until it is nearly unrecognizable.

  7. Everyone “praises” a project that they are on. That does not necessarily mean that said movie is going to be good. I am personally not excited for this film. It just seems to me that Marvel is making really s***** films post-Avengers. After IM3, Thor 2 was somewhat decent and I’m holding out for Cap. The movies just seem to be losing thier “magic” that phase 1 had.

    • Aside from the final fight in Thor 2 I thought everything in phase 2 has been a step up from phase 1. Bring on the Guardians!!

      • Surprisingly so, Guardians is the only phase 2 film that i genuinely want to see. Exploring the cosmos are gonna make GREAT cgi.

    • You should rename yourself Downing Dave because you make us all feel so down about liking IM3 and Thor 2.

      • I thought IM3 and Thor TDW were fantastic films. I guess that’s not us all. Don’t make assumptions like that. Loads of people totally dug those movies. It’s funny and sad that only those with negative things to say are the most vocal. It’s because people who are content and pleased don’t do things like that. They just sit back and enjoy.

  8. Can only repeat what I said yesterday. A hell of a coup. First Robert Redford. Now Michael Douglas. What this does, to those a little a little sniffy about comic book movies, is legitimise the entire process to them. Canny move. I sincerely just hope he gets a script that allows for another great performance. He has a career that could stand up to anyone, frankly, and most of his premier work comes from scripts that go beyond the studio demographic.

    Rock on, Marvel.

    • While I will say that having names like Michael Douglas and Robert Redford may bring attention to the films from people that may not necessarily have been interested, it doesn’t “legitimize” anything. Actors follow the $$$. Comic book franchises are the “in” thing right now, they are making bank. Naturally, they will attract bigger names.

      • maybe not in your eyes or mine considering we’re on a CBM site. Many people still think that Superhero flicks are just for kids, throwing in big names legitimizes the genre for those people.

  9. I’m on board. Totally. Well…some reservations about no ultron in an Ant-Man movie..but..JW has the trust.

    Other than that… Douglas..Rudd…Edger Wright. Just..awesome.
    “How to steal an Ant-Man” as the basis of this movie. With some good twists along the way.

    Its worthwhile to remember Kevin Fergie’s comments a few years ago. Ant-Man has been in development for years. And the only…only reason they’re finally going ahead with it..is because of Edger Wright. That’s what Kevin Fergie keeps telling in his interviews. The vision and the persistence of Edger is a large part of why we’re getting an Ant-Man movie in the first place.

    This will be good.

  10. So could this mean hank pym might have something to do with ultron in avengers 2?

    • Could be a little misdirection and maybe he has something to do with it.

    • Don’t AOU and Ant-Man film at the same damn time?

      • Since they’re going with an older Pym, it could be that something he worked on or developed in the past could play a significant role in the creation of Ultron. Then the assertions Pym didn’t create Ultron in MCU would still be true, but that wouldn’t necessarily mean that Pym wasn’t responsible for Ultron’s existence in some way.

        Or they could just be going with a completely original concept for Ultron’s creation.

        Regardless, Marvel has done enough to earn the benefit of the doubt from me.

        • They could mention Pym in AOU, but I doubt he appears in the film because both movies are filming at the same time. But you never know Michael Douglas may appear in both films.

          • I know what will make things easier. A TIME MACHINE. We’ll just go back in time because, whatever, and we’ll pretend like everything we just did, neverrr haaappened. Works for the X-Men. And Star Trek.
            This is why these Marvel movies are the best. Chronology is the prime objective.

  11. So I guess this means no Giant-Man.

    • That is a good question, perhaps Paul Rudd will become Giant Man, or maybe Jeremy Renner will become Goliath, maybe Marvel introduces Bill Foster in the Ant-Man movie, or they could introduce Erik Josten as a villain in a future Scott Lang film, or in the Power Man television program.

  12. I would be more excited with this if this wasn’t part of the MCU. They are way to strict with their properties and all there movies are nothing more than a fun flick. They have yet to give a director free roams to really be creative and offer a different film. Everything has to fall in line with the MCU and its a shame.

    • I don’t see how. They know what they’re getting into as soon as they agree to direct these films.

    • Perhaps there’s more creative freedom than you think.

      I remember reading interviews for Thor 2 where the director would talk about how they just “make it up as they go along.” Comments like that imply that they don’t have a stringent specific framework and model for everything, just some general ideas and direction.

      I gotta find links for that….

      • Aha!! Found it!!

        Heres a link for the article and an excerpt from the Alan Taylor interview.

        http://screenrant.com/thor-2-dark-world-interview-alan-taylor-thor-3-reshoots-marvel-movies/

        “My experience with Marvel is that they are literally making it up as they go. They have a grand vision that we’ve been witnessing in Phase I, Phase II and Phase III, but literally, in the details, they make it up as they go – and I saw that up-close and personal when we were doing [Thor 2], when major elements were being worked out, really, in the making of the movie.”

    • I disagree with this entirely. Even if you believe the individual movies are slightly hurt by the greater consequences of the MCU, which I don’t agree with, the trade off is more than worth it. What they are doing here by merging several movie franchises every few years and keeping a cohesive universe is downright incredible and that seems to be lost on some people.

      • Agree with you completely,
        no idea what this guy is on about.

        • I agree with ‘Hollywood’. From an outside perspective (being that of someone who is not chained to comic books, whether it be in the original or the movie format), I cannot help but admire the way Marvel have gone about this creation of the movie universe.

          It is clear there is a plan, always has been a plan and they are sticking to it whilst allowing for a little more creative freedom when the material and the progression allows for it. For example, other than the twist, ‘Iron Man 3′ was pretty stringent in its necessity to act as a prologue to ‘The Avengers’. Now, with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Ant-Man’, they are widening the net. You do not bring in Edgar Wright and then tie him down to a formulaic process.

          Success is breeding the inclusion of personal style in my opinion. Marvel have earned that right.

          • Well, I want to defend IM3 because it accomplished following a near insurmountable act in The Avengers and adequately introduced, from the comics, characters and certain criminal organizations in the way that most suited the portrayal of Tony Stark’s angst over having his world and mind blown from the combination of a near death experience and the revelations of aliens and magic in existence.
            That was the central focus of the film, not a mess of comic-book-accurate representations of side characters. Too often these types of films have made the error of not further developing the main character in challenging and realistic ways and instead just throwing a bucket of baddie origins to cover it up, such as Spider-Man 3 and, come to think of it, IM2. Marvel Films have made films around four specific characters (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America) and all other details (plot points and other characters) have been used to flesh out their character, to show their vulnerabilities and their resolve. Even Black Widow and Hawkeye have been altered from their comic roots to near unrecognizable all for the sake of supporting the main stories.
            Thor TDW had NATALIE PORTMAN. (drops mike)

  13. I’m not gonna lie…..phase 2 has been a bust. Im3….was tony stark just playing with fire..thor 2 was entertaining but the is loki. He stole the show. Thor 3 will have issues again with this. Also the support cast is flat. Portman seems just wanting to rub in the asgardians faces that she knows crap no one else does..she seems to have a 180 personality shift of being a doctor whose allows a ditzzy moron who has no development other than to be there for laughs. This s the same in im3 with rdj’s comedy.

    My biggest disapointment with the marvel movie verse is the over saturation of humor. Ironicly I loved captain america and he is rather humorless…even more ironic is that he began his career doing movies like not another teen movie.

    My biggest fear with this is that they may try to make this TOO much of a humor fic.

  14. I just can’t picture myself raising hell when a talent the caliber of michael douglas is cast in this genre. I felt the same about ben affleck’s inclusion into the dc cinematic universe. the better the talent pool acquired, the hope is the product should improve. if michael pena is cast, the hope here is that his talents will not be under used.

  15. So the film won’t be hank Pym and wasp and it is they will both be old . How is this going to be played out because hank hands over the reins to Scott Lang.not sure they’re doing this the way I know and like but hope it’s done well and ties in with the avengers to give them a new member.

  16. That is too friggen cool.

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