Nathan Fillion in The Avengers as Ant-Man?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:11 pm,

With The First Avenger: Captain America and Thor debuting next summer, paving the way for The Avengers to shatter the box office in 2012, what will Marvel Studios do next? This is a question we’ve pondered for quite some time and while nothing is official, we keep hearing hints of the next superhero films Marvel will push to the next stage of development.

Of all those planned Marvel properties to get the feature film adaptation treatment, there are a few we know are coming. These include Iron Man 3, a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie (according to Samuel L. Jackson) and the long-awaited Ant-Man solo film.

Edgar Wright has been attached to direct Ant-Man for a long time but we have yet to hear who will play the title character. With Ant-Man likely set to be introduced in The Avengers before getting his own movie, Joss Whedon and Edgar Wright need to pick their star quite a while before they actually get to utilize him in his own solo movie.

When Joss Whedon was picked up to direct The Avengers, immediate speculation and fanboy hope was that it meant there’d be a role for fan-favorite Nathan Fillion somewhere in the cards. According to a “source” of Marvelous News, he’s set to play Ant-Man.

This all began when actor Kevin Pennington (90210) tweeted last week about signing a 3-picture deal with Marvel Studios last week. His (now removed) tweets were as follows:

“Marvelous meeting earlier… could be something big”

“It’s a three picture deal so hopefully that guarantees i’ll be in more than one movie in my lifetime…. haha :)”

“Good news friends.. I signed my first film contract today and it’s going to be big. :-)”

After some questions, he revealed a tiny detail about his character.

“big movie deal does not involve a mask covering my face… take that as you will. gnight :-)”

We’ve seen these types of tweets before from some of the hopefuls in the running for Captain America but in this case, it was later confirmed from his talent agency, Solace Management, who tweeted that they’re excited about his role.

“Please don’t believe what you read on the internet, esp. from ‘inside sources.’ Half of it is false. Very excited for Kevin Pennington though!”

Marvelous News‘ report also explains that Pennington is playing a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. who’s apparently a popular character. He’s said to begin filming within the next two months – that means he’s in The First Avenger: Captain America – and will appear at Comic-Con this summer. He’s also supposed to have a role in The Avengers.

Who would he play? Rumor has it that it could be “Dum Dum” Dugan, Wendell Vaughn, Henry Pym or better yet, Hawkeye. Hawkeye of course, was a character long-rumored to be played by Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker). Henry Pym on the other hand, is the lead character in Ant-Man and that rumor was quickly shot down by Marvelous News who claims to have an inside source revealing that it’s not Pym because Fillion is playing him instead! And we’ve not come full circle.

“Nathan Fillion is pretty much locked to be Henry Pym, and should be announced before any other new additions to the cast (think around Comic Con)”

The obvious red flag here is that it’s an “inside source” of Marvelous News and if recent history means anything, 98% of these reports are completely fabricated. It also almost seems too good to be true from a fanboy perspective and the reality of it is, there’s nothing concrete on this. Most of these reports are riding on fanboy speculation, as is always the case, and that’s likely to lead to disappointment.

The Playlist asked Edgar Wright directly about this and he replied with “Not as far as I know!” which we also know from experience could mean nothing. It’s all about timing and marketing.

Either way, the bombs will drop come July at San Diego International Comic-Con and we can expect to hear some major announcements regarding Marvel Studios’ upcoming feature films post-Avengers as well as some major casting announcements.

Personally, I want to see Edward Norton make a surprise appearance, confirming that he’s in The Avengers as well as the casting of key characters including Ant-Man and Hawkeye.

Any guesses on who’s playing who?

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more Marvel movie news as it drops.

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Sources: Marvelous News, The Playlist

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  1. I can’t wait to see Nathan Fillion in this…

    Great choice!

    • That didn’t rhyme at all.

  2. I don’t think that Kevin would be Hawkeye, if they are going with the Ultimate version of Hawkeye, the character is more like a seasoned warrior than a young recruit. I see him more as a Clay Quartermain, rookie agent of SHIELD.

    And Nathan as the Ant-Man is cool, who would play Janet Pym (aka Wasp)?

    • who should play Janet Pym(aka wasp)?
      how about a Joss Whedon favorite like Eliza Daschku (Echo -doll house, Faith-Buffy/Angel) she’s the right age, right look, & she can kick ass when need too + she is out of work right now.

      till next time

  3. You left out one key person, and a supposed close friend to Nick Fury, Clay Quartermain!! He was a big part in SHIELD’s hulkbuster team, but supposedly killed a few times, no one stays dead in comics anymore do they lol!! Clay also appeared in the Nick Fury tv movie played by Adrian Hughes…..

  4. @Rob

    I was just thinking that we would probably (hopefully) be getting our Edward Norton confirmation at Comic Con as well.

    Nathan Fillion could do Ant Man/Giant Man, but I think he needs to get into better shape. He had a little bit of a gut in “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” It was kinda funny.

  5. Damn you Whedon. You and your mediocre projects and actors!!!

    • And damn Will Wheaton.

  6. This has already been shot down as just a rumor.

    • Not necessarily. :)

  7. Nathan as Hank Pym so far was just a rumor and is mos def NOT true but I think he’d be great,all these rumors are GREAT BUZZ for these movies!!! As far as Joss Whedon, I’d be nervous if he was by himself but there’s no way that Kevin Feige,Jon Favereau & the other Marvel Studios staff are going to let him mess this up. Joss is an incredible writer so with GUIDANCE, his directing skills will be polished to perfection.

    • she was a reporter at the stark expo early in the movie

  8. That would be “Shiny,” if it panned out.

  9. I’d love to see Fillion get a role in Avengers, any role. While we’re at it, throw in Adam Baldwin as a younger, more “badass” version of “Dum Dum” Dugan while we’re at it…

  10. Munn Was a reporter in IM2, if you blinked, you missed her!
    As for Fillon,I will beleive it when he announces it and not before .
    At the same time ,I realize these rumors must be chased down, no way to get around that .

  11. I dont see him as Pym. I think he is more suited for Lang or O’Grady. Pym is to “serious” a character for Fillion. Not that he cant do serious however his best rolls are that of one with a smart alec attitude.

    Have him steal the suit (Lang or O’Grady) from Pym and or given to him via Shield as Pym has gone “MIA” with Ultron…..

    • I’d have to disagree a little. Pym is more obnoxious and is a bit cheeky or corny at times because he has self esteem issues and this is reminiscent of all his versions and how all the writers handle his personality. He is more sarcastic than anything while still being one of the most brilliant minds on earth right below Reed Richards(which Pym would get pissed at and argue all day about).

      • So very true, but as long as Nathan Fillion doesn’t overplay or exaggerate those character traits. :-)

        • hmm never a big fan so maybe I didnt pay much attention. If he is as you describe then Nat could be Pym.

  12. I think that the guy who played Leland Stottelmeyer in the tv show Monk should play Dum Dum Dugan. he looks exactly like the character, even has the mustache.

  13. Yeah I’d like to see him as Hank Pym.

  14. I don’t know if I like the idea of Nathan as the troubled Hank Pym. What if he becomes the Sentry?? Don’t be upset that it would possibly push recent story elements ahead of past continuities. Granted they would have to tread carefully but it would present a different angle that could prove interesting and it doesn’t have to veer too off the beam so to speak…

  15. I think Nathan Fillion is probably a good choice. He could certainly tone up a little in the gym and utilise his acting skills in playing a stern somber character. :-)

    My wife is going to be stoked. She loves the show “Castle”.

  16. Am I crazy(please don’t answer that) but wasn’t Eva Longoria rumored to be playing the Wasp/ Janet Pym?

    • No no no!!!! Please let it be just a rumor. :-)

      Stephanie Szostak is an actress that could play the vibrant and effervescent Wasp/Janet Pym. I’m sure there are others but I like her IMDb Resume photo with the ruffled hair look. :-)

  17. lol Seriously. Was I the only one that has seen this coming? Whenever Joss Whedon is involved, he always re-cast some of his own crew over and over again.

    So basically, if you don’t like him, prepare to get even more bad news. This is just one of many, many more mistakes soon to come.

    Can’t wait to see “Buffy-Avengers”. You’ll see Iron Man, Thor, captain america and others behave like children and overreact to everything. Coming to a theater near you.

    • But that could be said of plenty of people in Hollywood. David Lynch often used Jack Nance, Alen Splet and a select group of others. John Houston often cast Humphrey Bogart or his father Walter. Tim Burton with Lisa Marie, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Jerry Bruckheimer it’s Nicolas Cage, Denzel Washington and Steve Buscemi…

      Buffy as an Avenger hmm.. 😀

  18. Weakest link in the Avengers project has got to be Joss Whedon.

  19. I like the idea of Nathan Fillion as Ant Man. I can certainly visualize it. The show “Castle” is pretty cool.

    Now imagine if you will and it’s highly unlikely BUT, wouldn’t it be amazing if Stana Katic could play The Wasp. They already have a great on screen chemistry. :-) It would be a unique transition.

    The creator of Castle and the executive producers would be a little peeved to say the least. The show has been renewed for a third season and there would be all sorts of clauses in their contracts.

    And it also leaves me guessing as to when Nathan would have time to shoot “Ant Man” as well as “The Avengers” considering his production schedule with “Castle”.

  20. I don’t think he will play Ant-Man. I believe we will see him as the Kree Captain, Mar-Vell, in the Avengers movie.

  21. he would be perfect casls almost identicl to hp