It’s finally official. The announcement for who shall be playing Ant-Man in the film of the same title, is Paul Rudd.
Probably best known for his part in Anchorman, and appearing in other comedies such as Role Models and I Love You, Man. Apparently the first choice for Marvel (though Joseph Gordon-Levitt was rumoured to also be a first choice, at least until he got the Sandman gig), let’s have a look at Ant-Man and how he’ll fit into the Marvel Film Universe.
His ability to regulate size also let him keep his human strength when shrunk and granted increased stamina when giant. Hank also created Ultron, a sentient AI that you may recognise as the name of the ANT-agonist (for once, I’m not even sorry about that one) of the next Avengers movie.
Regardless, in the comics, it is Pym’s bitterness at being kicked off the Avengers that leads to him building Ultron as an attempt to get back in their good books, by setting it on the team, then saving them from it. Think of it like Syndrome in The Incredibles with the Omnidroid. Only misguided, not evil.
Directed by Edgar Wright, Ant-Man is scheduled to start filming next year for a 2015 release date, which will kick off “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Only Rudd is confirmed as appearing so far.