Did you forget that Paul Rudd was cast as Ant-Man? I did somehow. That is, until I saw this picture being shared like wildfire.
Since the casting of the adorably sweet and goofy Rudd as Scott Lang, or Ant-Man, Marvel has remained tight lipped with details about their newest excursion into the Superhero film universe.
The film is set in San Francisco and will give us some insight into Lang, who sheds his criminal ways to take over for an ailing Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas) as Ant-Man.
In case you're not entirely familiar with the backstory of this hero, USA Today
breaks it down for you:
With Rudd’s hoodie-clad, unshaven Scott Lang skulking around the Golden Gate Bridge next to a decrepit van, he has a ways to go before he’s on the level of the Avengers. In Ant-Man, Lang is an ex-con and thief who finds a mentor figure in Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), a genius scientist and inventor of a technology that allows a man to shrink down to the size of an insect but also increase his strength. When powerful forces — including Pym’s star employee Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), aka Yellowjacket — want the secret to the breakthroughs for their own nefarious uses, Pym passes the mantle — and helmeted supersuit — of Ant-Man to Lang and the two men plan an ambitious heist that if successful will save the world.
The full cast has also finally been released for the film
, and the star-studded list does not disappoint. Joining Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas are Evangeline Lily as Pym daughter, Hope Van Dyne; Corey Stoll as Darren Cross, or Yellowjacket, the film's main antagonist; David Dastmalchian, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington, T.I. (yes, seriously) and John Slattery. While it has not yet been revealed which characters that last lot will be portraying, it may be safe to assume that Slattery will reprise his role as Tony Stark's dad, Howard Stark.
So what do you think? Can Paul Rudd and director Peyton Reed continue Marvel's smashing box office success? With The Avengers
and Guardians of the Galaxy
already out and wildly successful, they certainly have some big shoes to fill. Do you think Rudd's appeal alone is enough to garner the numbers and accolades with which Marvel has become accustomed? I suppose we'll just have to wait until July 17, 2015 to find out.
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