Michael Douglas cast as Hank Pym in Ant-Man

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Through weeks of speculation on which character Paul Rudd would be playing in Ant-Man, our answers have finally been answered with one casting announcement. Marvel has announced today that two-time Academy Award winner Michael Douglas has been cast as Hank Pym in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.

“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”

Remember Edgar Wright suggested a long time ago that there would be two Ant-Mans in his film, as he told Collider:

Well, the thing is that what we want to do, the idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both. Is to have a film that basically is about Henry Pym and Scott Lang, so you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60’s, in sort of “Tales to Astonish” mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him. So it’s like an interesting thing, like the “Marvel Premiere” one that I read which is Scott Lang’s origin, it’s very brief like a lot of those origin comics are, and in a way, the details that are skipped through in the panels and the kind of thing we’d spend half an hour on.

Having Hank Pym’s Ant-Man set “in the 60s” and getting the 69-year old Douglas to play an elder Hank Pym during Scott Lang’s story makes perfect sense — especially if it follows the same storyline as the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes episode “To Steal an Ant-Man” (Edgar Wright’s “homework”).

What do you think of this casting decision?

Ant-Man shrinks into theaters on July 31st, 2015.

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