There’s a new and strange trend developing in the film industry that has resulted in a popular franchise’s line of toys spoiling some key plot points in a forthcoming movie. Marvel Studios has been no stranger to this phenomenon, and it looks like it’s happening again with its “Ant-Man,” which will hit theaters in July.
The first Marvel Studios follow-up to “Avengers: Age of Ultron” features Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, aka the titular hero. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) trains Lang with the help of his specially designed suit that allows the person wearing it to contemporaneously lose size and gain superstrength. In the comic books, Pym was the original Ant-Man, but he eventually passed the torch to the younger Lang after Pym went through some personal unpleasantness. While both characters show up to battle Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) in the film, new evidence provided by the Lego product toy line indicates the duo won’t remain allies for long once Pym suits up.
[SPOILER ALERT: The remainder of this article may contain potential spoilers for Marvel’s “Ant-Man.”]
According to CinemaBlend, which has photographs of the toys, a new model set that’s themed after the final battle scene in “Ant-Man” comes with Lego-size characters of Yellowjacket, Lang and Pym, dressed in a black Ant-Man suit.
That’s right. Although the trailer appears to bill the former hero as an older behind-the-scenes character, the Lego set seems to indicate something different. It’s possible the final moments of the movie will see Pym suit up to either help Lang or battle him for control of the suit, as ComicBookMovie.com speculated.
It’s worth mentioning that MTV revealed the Hank Pym toy at the annual Toy Fair in February. However, the figure wasn’t packaged in a box set that’s labeled as being inspired by the final battle scene of the forthcoming film. This has led many to believe Pym won’t be the ultimate good guy he appears to be in the trailer.
As Moviepilot pointed out, this wouldn’t be the first time that Lego has spoiled some of Marvel’s movie surprises. When “Iron Man 3” hit theaters in 2013, a Lego set gave away the twist at the end that revealed the true principal villain of the story. In addition, the toy company gave people their first look at Vision ahead of his shocking debut in “Avengers: Age of Ulton.” Still, it’s too soon to tell whether “Ant-Man” will surprise everyone by making Pym a villain, which means fans will simply have to wait until the flick makes its debut July 17, 2015.