The story of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) will be a major element in the Marvel film “Ant-Man,” which is set to arrive in theaters July 17. Studio President Kevin Feige recently spoke about Pym's storyline and its relevance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“We’re going to play on the idea of Hank’s history within the broader mythology of the Cinematic Universe: his time at S.H.I.E.L.D., his interactions with Howard Stark, his adventures as Ant-Man with Wasp in the past that we touch on briefly in the film. We always knew that the film we were going to do was going to do both -- tip its hat to Hank’s history within the bigger part of the Marvel Universe,” Feige told Superhero Hype.
Feige added that the studio was excited about making a standalone Ant-Man film because it really wanted to tell the story of Scott Lang, a thief and unlikely superhero. The film reportedly will also show Lang’s bad luck as a criminal.
In the comics, Lang becomes a thief after he loses his job as an electrician. In order to support his family he commits petty crimes and later steals Ant-Man's suit to find a doctor for his ill daughter Cassie. In the film, however, Lang won't steal the suit but instead will accidentally find it. Moreover, the narration will be from Lang’s perspective. “Keeping it primarily from Scott Lang’s point of view, which I think allowed the audience in, in a way that is always fun when the audience has a surrogate that they can go on the adventure with,” Feige said.
Peyton Reed has directed the film from a screenplay by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay and Rudd. Other cast members include Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip "T.I." Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer and David Dastmalchian. The film will open in 3D and Imax 3D.