Author: Jay-Rey (@jay_rey)
Finally, we get a bit clearer picture of the Ant-Man film. Paul Rudd was cast as the main character a few weeks ago, and the revelation that Douglas will play Pym leads to the obvious speculation that Rudd will play the next iteration of Ant-Man: Scott Lang. This, plus an image tweeted by Edgar Wright showing a screen shot of a scene from the canceled Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes cartoon taken from an episode where Scott Lang steals the Ant-Man costume, all signs lead to the same conclusions.
The first thing I think of when it comes to Marvel casting is availability. Will an actor be willing to participate in
several movies. I couldn’t see an actor like Sir Ben Kingsley signing up for an entire franchise, so being the villain of a single movie makes sense. With the exception of Loki, villains tend to find their end before credits roll. Playing a hero is different. Robert Downey Jr. has been in all three Iron Man films, appeared at the end of The Incredible Hulk, and co-stared in The Avengers. Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson have all signed up for similar appearances.
Paul Rudd seems to be an Actor who can appear in a series of movies. He isn’t not busy, but he isn’t a staple of the movie theater marquee, either. Playing Ant-Man seems like a good opportunity to see his name on movie posters a little more frequently. Michael Douglas, however, would not have stricken me as that kind of actor. The only sequel I know he was in was Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Considering Hank Pym’s integral roll in the Avengers (in the comic universe), I would hope his movie counter part would play a similar roll. But to start him off older, and already casting Rudd, he probably will never take on the Ant-Man mantel. So he may barely need to be involved moving forward. Of course with all things, if its done well, it won’t matter. But it is an unexpected thing to do. This changes the possibility of Janet van Dyne being the Wasp, or at least what we would have expected her involvement to be.
To be fair, I thought the same thing regarding Anthony Hopkins as Odin. He never would have struck me as an actor who would want to be in a semi-annual Thor film, and he has been in two already. And he is a solid Odin, too. So Michael Douglas playing some type of mentor/ father roll to Scott Lang is a total possibility. And he is a good actor, no denying that.
I trust Edgar Wright, Joss Whedon, and Kevin Feig. So I won’t be too critical. Just don’t burn me guys.
UPDATE: Douglas had this to say to Reuters. See the whole interview here:
“I’ve been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long,” Douglas told Reuters on Monday. “The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan (the actor’s 13-year-old son) will love it. He’ll have a picture he can see.”
What do you think of the casting? Do you have a better person in mind? How will this change the universe?