Before fans are finally treated to the big superhero crossover that is Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016, we’ll first have the origin story of “Ant-Man.” Now, one of the key stars of the movie is teasing some minor details about how Marvel’s latest film will set up the “Civil War” plotline.
The third standalone “Captain America” film will split fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) right down the middle as it pits the two biggest mainstays, the Captain (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) against each other. They’ll be fighting over the issue of whether or not superheroes should be allowed to operate without government supervision. As previously reported, “Ant-Man” will feature a post-credits tag made from pre-existing footage from “Civil War,” but will that be enough to get fans ready to pick a side come 2016?
In a recent interview with ScreenRant, “Ant-Man” actor Michael Douglas, who plays the original Ant-Man Hank Pym in the movie, revealed that his character may get the ball rolling on anti-superhero sentiment. The actor teased that his character in the film, being a bit of a reclusive mad scientist, is largely indifferent to the grander world of superheroes that make up the MCU.
“There are serious problems, and you know, I mean, some of the things they do, Iron Man, is kind of silly compared to what’s going on in the real world,” he said, before addressing the pedestal the other heroes have been placed on in previous movies. “These guys are batting a thousand. They seem to have fallen into a real rhythm from the ones, from all the pictures that I have seen, this one is probably more, I would say, more humane... in terms of tied into real characters. The whole ant process is relatively unique, and there are some special powers, but nothing compared to the stuff some of the other Avengers are capable of, and this one seems to have, you know, more personal stories.”
So, while Hank Pym played a big part in the comic book version of the Civil War, odds are good that the studio’s decision to make Pym an older gentleman disqualifies him from a lot of the larger action. However, with Marvel confirming that Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man will appear in the movie, perhaps his mentor’s political attitude toward heroes will be colored by Pym.
Fans will just have to wait until 2016 to know for sure who is siding with Iron Man and the pro-registration faction and who is rebelling against the government with Captain America. Meanwhile, "Ant-Man" hits theaters July 17.