Michael Douglas Is Starring As Ant-Man. Yeah, You Heard Me.

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Michael Douglas Is Starring As Ant-Man. Yeah, You Heard Me.

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | January 13, 2014 | Comments ()


With all the fun casting news swirling around Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man project the big question for true comic book nerds seemed to be this: would Paul Rudd be playing Hank Pym or would be be playing Scott Lang. Both are alter-egos of Ant-Man. We have official confirmation that Michael Douglas will be taking on the role of Pym and Paul Rudd will be playing Lang. Here’s the official press release:

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.

Rudd works much better as Lang who actually steals the Ant-Man costume and identity from Pym in order to save his daughter. Rudd strikes me much more as the cat burgling type than the scientist type. Some news stories are reporting that Michael Douglas as Hank Pym will be the villain of the story, but I’m not quite sure how they’d make that one work. Fabulously, I imagine.

(via Marvel)

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  • hater from siloam springs

    Because Hank Pym is as crazy as a bag of cats, this will work.

  • Stephen Nein

    If we go Hank Pym: Colossal Unstable Asshole - which Marvel admits their film franchise is drawing off the Ultimate version of their stories - then I'm going to be quite interested. Think Michael Douglas as William Foster in Falling Down. The sweet, sweet chaser: Hank Pym is the scientist whom creates evil robot Ultron. Yeah, James Spaders' mecha daddy!

  • BlackRabbit

    And Ultron wears that cape when he shows up.

  • Sean

    So CZJ as a questionably aged Wasp?

  • Obviously, Rudd steals the suit while Douglas' character is in the middle of an epic cunnilingus session.

  • Snath

    And then he dies of cancer in a tragic twist ending.

  • PDamian

    I'm generally indifferent when it comes to comics/graphic novels/Marvel/DC/whatever, so I have no idea who Ant-Man is. But I can't stop thinking about an old SNL skit, "Superhero Party," in which Bill Murray is Superman, Dan Ackroyd is the Flash, John Belushi is the Hulk -- and poor Garrett Morris plays Ant-Man, who gets unmercifully razzed by the others.

    The Flash: What are your super powers again? You - you - you talk to the ants, is that it?

    Ant-Man: Well, partly. But, mainly, I shrink myself down to the size of an ant while retaining my full human strength.

    The Flash: Really?

    Ant-Man: Yeah.

    The Flash: [sarcastic] Oooh, that's really impressive. Size of an ant with human strength. You must be able to clean house on those other ants, huh? [chuckles]

  • DeaconG

    Ten seconds later, Ant-Man disappears.

    Ten seconds after that, the Flash is wondering what the fuck hit him.

    Ten seconds after that, he's writhing on the ground screaming "Get out of my head! GET OUT OF MY HEAD!"

    Meanwhile, in his inner ear, Ant-Man is tapping out a percussion beat on the Flash's eardrum while snickering "And the Atom was your friend, right? Dumbass! How does THIS feel?"

  • foolsage

    Ten (nano)seconds after that, the Flash accelerates to lightspeed, turns incorporeal, and phases through a nearby wall. A small, ant-sized stain remains.

    Edit to correct the timescale.

  • DeaconG

    Of course, I'll give you that one.

    My point was the real Flash would figure it out. "Wait, I've run with the Atom for years, Ant-Man=Atom...um, no, I think I'll go fuck with Guy Gardner."

  • e jerry powell

    For a second there I though you said "Grey Gardener." That would have been a very strange direction to take things, I think.

  • foolsage

    You're quite right: Ant-Man's powers are nothing trifling, and Barry's a forensic scientist (assuming that's the Flash you were referring to) and all-around clever guy.

    Also, nobody wants to fuck with Barry, cause he's such a nice guy. Guy, on the other hand...


  • DeaconG

    Yep, both Barry and Wally would have figured it out. Bart...nah.

  • DeaconG

    "One Punch! ONE PUNCH!"
    "Wait, you mean I missed it?"

  • Michael B. Conway

    Sorry to be insensitive here, but a 70 year old man with a history of cancer in a franchise movie? Don't they usually sign these guys to six picture deals? I'm going to predict that Pym dies in the film.

  • Jezzer

    I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that you weren't really sorry at all about being insensitive here.

  • Michael B. Conway

    I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I'm SORRRRRY! Mwah! I'm NOT sorry! Bwah ha ha! Would you care for a hamburger?

  • Jezzer

    I sure hope that was funnier in your head.

  • John W

    I don't really like it because what does it mean for the Wasp/Janet Van Dyne? Is she going to be romantically involved with Scott Lang? Is she going to be a stand alone character without any connections to either Ant-man? Is she even going to be introduced?

    I want to see her introduced into the Marvel Universe but now I don't know how she fits.

  • Guest

    I could totally see Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Janet Van Dyne.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I could totally watch that.

  • Guest

    YUP, I know everyone want Jones but M.E.W. would get me back onboard.

  • GeneralBulldog

    Someone told me that they may be aiming for a teacher/student age gap between Pym and Van Dyne, similar to Reed and Sue Richards in the comics. I don't know how that's going to play. If Douglas is pushing 70 and hypothetically they cast a late 30's/early 40's Van Dyne, it'll be interesting how audiences will react.

  • Guest

    Late 30's early 40's in Hollywood? So I should expect a mid to late 20's actress? M.E.W. is 29.

  • GeneralBulldog

    She'd be good, although it'll be interesting how that dynamic works out now.

  • John W

    It'll be interesting. If they eliminate the Wasp then Marvel will be making the same mistake that DC is making with the way they're handling Wonder Woman, IMO.

  • GeneralBulldog

    I know that she was supposed to have been in The Avengers, but Whedon thought the character would have stolen the show and added too much time to the movie. It's unfortunate too, she came up with the name avengers. At this point, I'm thinking they'll have her as a SHIELD agent or something.

  • Jezzer

    It wouldn't be exactly the same mistake unless they cast a bony praying mantis woman.

  • John W

    Well what I mean is that there is a strong demand for more female superheroes and here is a golden opportunity for Marvel to once again one up DC but it looks like they're dropping the ball.

  • Bam Bunting

    The internet is collectively crapping all 8 of it's pants with nerd rage/ sudden interest.

  • John W


  • Daniel Valentin

    Oh. my. god. This has just made my interest in this movie EXPLODE.

    Scott Lang I've always felt was a MUCH more interesting character than Hank Pym, being an everyday joe who gets in way over his head but ends up becoming a hero in spite of himself. He's even more of an everyman than Spider-Man is. And having an older Hank Pym makes for an interesting dynamic, him being a possible mentor figure for Lang. Kudos to Marvel, this is an interesting twist on both characters that lends itself to a great movie.

    My prediction: super-powered heist film with Scott Lang eventually turning on his blackmailers and becoming a hero, with a final cameo by Iron man inviting him to join the Avengers. Fudgesicle yes.

  • NateMan


  • To be perfectly honest, this is the first Marvel movie I really can't be persuaded to give a damn about. I don't know what it is, but it just completely fails to capture any interest.

  • Probably because it's Ant-Man.

  • NateMan

    Yeah, I can't work up much enthusiasm for it either. On the other hand, I was never a big fan of Captain America either - the character is too straight-laced, and I wondered how they would make him interesting, but his titular movie and particularly Avengers turned me around, so I'm hoping for the same thing here. I really like that it's about Lang rather than Pym, however.

  • Now see, I've always liked Captain America and I'm looking forward to 'Winter Soldier.' But this, yeah, it's just a big 'meh.' I'm not even sure why they're bothering with Ant-Man when you have guys like the Black Panther or Morbius they could be using. Or DOOM. (DOOM gets his own sentence because DOOM does not share billing)

  • Fabius_Maximus

    But there is a DOOM movie. With Karl Urban.


  • foolsage

    I have considered the matter thoroughly, and there is no doubt: DOOM must be played by Mads Mikkelson.

  • NateMan

    A DOOM movie would prod serious buttock. And could be a great prologue to an Avengers or FF movie.

  • Guest

    +1. I was initially excited with Edgar Wright directing but my interest level dropped significantly when Rudd was cast and this news doesn't help.

    *I hope I'm wrong, and Wright is more capable of exceeding expectations.

  • Damn. Marvel keeps getting names in their movies. First Redford in Cap 2. Now Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    I've no idea what any of that means, but it sounds really sarcastic and I want to be a part of it.

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    Sadly, my misogynistic rant about lady-spambots and their misguided choices of fonts shall never see the light of flickering monitors or oversized phablets.

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