[WARNING: Possible Ant-Man SPOILERS ahead.]
It's too early to tell how Ant-Man will turn out, but the next big standalone entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already had its fair share of troubles. Director Edgar Wright's exit from the movie right before filming began was seen by most as a big blow to the production, only made more dramatic by actors Patrick Wilson, Kevin Weisman and Matt Gerald leaving two months later.
While the true story surrounding Wright's departure may never be fully known, it's been rumored that script rewrites were to blame for his sudden change of heart. Apparently, Marvel was not happy with the final script, blaming "the core morality of the piece" and lack of "franchise characters" for its frustrations. Rumors then suggest that Marvel commissioned a rewrite of their own - one that did not match Wright's vision - which ultimately caused him to leave.
Assuming the script hasn't since changed, the first act of the movie will feature Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) meeting Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) and a young Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters.
In the comics, Pym is a scientist who creates Ultron, the upcoming Avengers 2 villain, as well as shrinking technology he uses to turn himself into Ant-Man. Ultron's backstory has already been changed so that Tony Stark - Howard's son - will instead create the sentient robot, so connecting Pym to S.H.I.E.L.D. would interestingly tie the character back into the overall franchise.
It's unclear what exactly Pym is doing at S.H.I.E.L.D., or even whether Michael Douglas will be playing the character in the past himself, but this reveal could also be very important for Marvel's new TV series, Agent Carter.
Howard Stark has already been confirmed as part of the cast, and it wouldn't be that surprising to see Arnim Zola and a young Alexander Pierce on the series before they appear in Ant-Man. Add in the fact that Peggy Carter is supposed to have a part in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it appears that Marvel's plans could be more complicated than we previously realized.
What do you make of this news, Screen Rant readers? Any theories for what Marvel may have in store for Ant-Man, Agent Carter and Avengers 2?
Ant-Man arrives in theaters on July 17, 2015.