Michael Douglas Confirmed as Hank Pym in Marvel's 'Ant-Man' | Fanboys Anonymous

Michael Douglas Confirmed as Hank Pym in Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Posted by Caelan Dooley Monday, January 13, 2014
Marvel officially announced today that they have cast Michael Douglas as Hank Pym in Ant-Man, in theaters July 2015. The award-winning actor will play opposite Paul Rudd, confirmed to play Scott Lang, joining director Edgar Wright in the upcoming film.

Michael Douglas as Hank Pym in Ant-Man Wallpaper

Marvel released on their website: "Michael Douglas has stepped into some of the biggest--or should that be the tiniest?--shoes of his career."

Douglas walked away from the 2014 Golden Globe Awards last night winning Best Actor in a TV Mini-series for his portrayal of Liberace in HBO's Behind the Candelabra. He also earned an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Gordon Gecko in Wall Street and the Academy Award for Best Picture for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Marvel Studio's President Kevin Feige said in Marvel's announcement:
"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. We felt incredible relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to ever character he inhabits, and couldn't be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life."
Hank Pym first appeared in 1962's Tales to Astonish #27, taking the Ant-Man persona in the original Avengers Team. Scott Lang later stole Pym's technology to become the shrinking superhero. Pym eventually married Janet van Dyne, better known as Wasp, and goes on to other superhero identities such as Giant-Man and Yellowjacket.

Director Edgar Wright said in an early interview on SuperheroHype.com that the film "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."

Like recent superhero cast announcements (Gal Gadot as Wonder-Woman and Ben Affleck as Batman in DC's upcoming Man of Steel sequel), debates amongst fans on whether Douglas, at the age of 69, was rightfully cast have already sprung up. Does this mean we will not get to see Wasp?

Do you think this was a good casting choice? Comment below and let us know!
THIS POST WRITTEN BY: CAELAN DOOLEY

Caelan Dooley is a queer artist, activist, and writer, covering comics, tech, and video games. She regularly performs with the Rich Weirdoes, Orlando's Rocky Horror shadow cast. You can follow her on Twitter. Extended staff profile here.

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