Ant-Man news has been abundant in the past couple days. It appears as if the flux the movie experienced in the wake of Edgar Wright’s departure is now at an end. Marvel is announcing rolls and releasing a first official picture of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. So let’s dive in!
Evangeline Lilly is Hope Van Dyne
The actress, known for the Hobbit and Lost, has been connected to the movie for some time and most people, like myself, assumed that she was some form of Wasp, Ant-man’s sidekick and wife. Now, it appears that she is the daughter of Hank Pym. Sharing the last name with the original Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), it appears that the Wasp has not been forgotten by the movie.
John Slattery returns as Howard Stark
The actor, known for Mad Men, is reprising his roll as Howard Stark, father to Tony Stark, which he played in Iron Man 2. This probably means a flashback scene or two. Michael Douglas, who plays Hank Pym, is an older actor. I would anticipate flashback scenes between him and Howard Stark.
T.I. and Judy Greer
These two actors are in the movie in undefined rolls. Judy Greer is known for her roll in Archer and T.I. is known for his music than acting. Some have suggested that T.I. will be Bill Foster, a lab assistant of Pym’s who eventually become a superhero known as Goliath. No official word yet on their rolls.
And finally, the big one:
Corey Stoll as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket
Corey Stoll, known for his rolls in Bourne Ultimatum and Non-Stop (as well as others), is playing the villain of the movie. While Darren Cross has very little history in the comics, Yellowjacket is familiar to many Marvel fans. At one point, Hank Pym’s sanity is fractured and he dons the identity of Yellowjacket, an anti-hero of sorts. It’s extremely interesting that they are removing the name of Yellowjacket from Hank Pym and giving it to a character that was in only a couple issues of the comics.
On top of all this casting news, we also have our first image from the movie:
Admittedly, it doesn’t tell us much. It definitely looks like Paul Rudd. Beyond that, however, we can see that at least part of the movie takes place in California. If the giant bridge (evidently not yet moved by Magneto) didn’t give it away, the license plate confirms it.
So that’s the big news for Ant-Man. We have casting, we have images, and hints at the story through both. It’s good to finally be getting some solid news, as opposed to actors and directors dropping in and out. For more on the movie, well, only time will tell.
Check back tomorrow for a big casting choice for Agents of SHIELD!