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Ant-Man Heads the Next Wave of Marvel Movies

Paul Rudd (L) and Michael Douglas (R) strike a publicity post to promote their upcoming movie, Ant-Man
Paul Rudd (L) and Michael Douglas (R) strike a publicity post to promote their upcoming movie, Ant-Man
Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

As we true believers wait for Marvel's big gun sequels, like Avengers: Age of Ultron, to come out, their next slate of movies are starting to take shape, with Marvel's tiniest hero, Ant-Man, leading the pack.

Ant-Man made his first comic book appearance in 1962, in Tales to Astonish #35. Scientist Henry "Hank" Pym had a passion for insects, particularly ants. Not only did Pym develop a cybernetic helmet to speak to the insects, he discover sub-atomic particles that he dubbed "Pym Particles". These Pym Particles allowed Dr. Pym to shrink down to ant size, while retaining his normal sized strength.

Ant-Man went on to become a founding member of the Avengers and has been associated with the group, on and off, for over forty years. So it's a little strange that the makers of the upcoming Ant-Man film have chosen to skip most of Ant-Man's comic book history and side-line original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, for second string Ant-Man, Scott Lang.

Lang became the second Ant-Man in a story published in 1979 in Marvel Premiere #47. Lang was an electrical engineer who turned to petty theft in order to pay for his sick daughters surgery. Lang stole Pym's Ant-Man costume in order to save his daughter's surgeon, who had been kidnapped by a wealthy industrialist, who needed a similar surgery. Pym gave Lang the Ant-Man costume and agreed not to press charges if Lang continued to use the costume for good.

Although it's been reported that the new Ant-Man movie features Lang as Ant-Man, it's unclear if they will carry through with the original comic book storyline or just have Lang (played in the new movie by actor Paul Rudd), as Pym's assistant. Pym by the way is being played by 70 yr old Michael Douglas, so it's doubtful that Douglas will be donning the Ant-Man costume and kicking villain butt in the film.

Evangeline Lilly joins the cast as Pym's daughter Hope Van Dyne. Of course in the comic book world, Janet Van Dyne was Pym's girlfriend, then later wife and crime fighting partner, The Wasp.

Also in the cast is Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket, a former apprentice of Pym, who steals Pym's company and Ant-Man tech and tweaks it.

Ant-Man is scheduled to be released on July 17, 2015.

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