The path to Comic-Con 2014 that Ant-Man has walked has not been a smooth one, but as director Peyton Reed and Kevin Feige took the stage they were set to announce enough details to pique the curiosity of even the skeptic comic fan. With more details on the cast, characters, and general plot details, we now have a much clearer idea of how the film will introduce not one Ant-Man - but Ant-Men - into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
First things first: Kevin Feige wasted no time in confirming that Corey Stoll (The Strain, House of Cards) would be playing the villain of the film, Darren Cross. a.k.a. 'Yellowjacket.' While the movie will show Cross becoming the superhuman known as Yellowjacket, it seems more and more likely that he may have landed the role Patrick Wilson was forced to drop out of.
According to Michael Douglas, Cross will begin as Hank Pym's business partner, eventually butting heads over the younger man's wish to take the company in a "new" (read: evil) direction. Douglas' Hank Pym decides it's time for a new hero to take up the mantle of 'Ant-Man,' and selects Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) for the job.
Along with those details comes confirmation that Evangeline Lilly (Lost, Real Steel) will be none other than Hope Van Dyne - daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. According to the actress, she has yet to even read a copy of the script; in other words, fans wondering if she is bound to one day become the superhero known as 'Wasp' had better hold their breath.
From there, a reel of footage was shown to the crowd chronicling a long-rumored heist with Scott Lang at its heart. After an exchange between Lang and Pym showed that the younger man had no desire to be anything more than an average guy (exactly why Pym has chosen him to succeed him), the same theme continues into the chase scene with Lang in-costume. Presumably, the heist can be confirmed as part of Pym's plan to infiltrate his own company to counter Darren Cross' new strategy.
Throughout his escape, Lang is being fed directions from Pym, showing that a buddy-superhero dynamic could help the film stand apart from the rest of the Avengers team. The footage came to a close with a miniature Ant-Man leaping from a massive height and being caught at the last second by a flying ant, before being replaced by the film's logo.
The film is set to start filming on August 18, 2014, but already the similarities between the film's premise and other stories within the Marvel universe - Iron Man in particular - are becoming evident. The excitement from all in the cast was obvious, and the brief scene between Rudd and Douglas show that the duo will undoubtedly be the film's more promising aspect. How the film fits into the larger universe will have to wait, but with actual footage now revealed, the film is moving forward despite the struggles it has endured.
What do you think of the first details? Does the two-man team sound like a welcome change of pace? Are you happy to hear that Yellowjacket's origin story will also be told alongside Ant-Man? Sound off in the comments.
Ant-Man is still scheduled to open in U.S. theaters on July 17, 2015.
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