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Michael Douglas to Star as Hank Pym in Marvel's Ant-Man

The Oscar-winning actor joins the cast of Marvel's Ant-Man, in theaters July 31, 2015!

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Michael Douglas has stepped into some of the biggest--or should that be tiniest?--shoes of his career.

The two-time Academy Award-winning actor will join director Edgar Wright and Paul Rudd in Marvel's "Ant-Man," hitting theaters July 31, 2015.

"With Hank Pym's rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. "We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn't be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life."

The legendary actor, who earned an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role for his iconic portrayal of Gordon Gecko in "Wall Street," has also starred in numerous modern classics including "Basic Instinct," "Fatal Attraction," "The Game," "Wonder Boys," "Traffic" and many more. In addition to acting, Douglas has also served as Producer and Executive Producer on a number of films including "Romancing the Stone," John Carpenter's "Starman" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," for which he also won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Most recently, Douglas earned a Golden Globe and his first Primetime Emmy Award for his role as legendary entertainer Liberace in the HBO original film "Behind the Candelabra."

Douglas will star as Hank Pym, who first appeared in TALES TO ASTONISH #27 (Jan. 1962), with Rudd starring as Scott Lang in the film.
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sleepyportugee
sleepyportugee

whoa!  Michael Douglas?  I mean... he's a good actor, but isn't he a bit old to be Hank Pym?  Being that Hank Pym is supposed to be Tony Stark's age.  I get what they are doing, since the other guy is funnier, but I don't like that he is being basically ignored as an Avenger's founder and creator of Ultron.  I mean... I'll probably still watch it lol.  But I agree with the majority of these comments.

ThePoltergeist
ThePoltergeist

Marvel, please reconsider. There's still time. I don't mind the Scott Lang storyline but please make Hank Pym younger and credit him with the creation of Ultron.

marvelous19999
marvelous19999

Im sick of seeing people say its ok for Pym not to be in Avengers becasue they already have smart people...so the whole rest of the Avengers are just supposed to be dumb brutes?  

Netbret
Netbret member

Let’s look at this from a story perspective.  Hank Pym’s “Ant Man” is the tale of a genius inventor who creates some super-tech and decides to fight crime for reasons of self-vindication/restoration.  From a story point of view, this is almost identical to the movie universe’s Tony Stark.  Scott Lang’s “Ant Man” is the tale of a highly intelligent engineer (he’s Peter Parker smart, not Hank Pym/Tony Stark/Reed Richards smart) who steals some super-tech to pay for his daughter’s medical bills.  The Scott Lang story has more bite than the Hank Pym story.  Throw in an action piece starring a cgi-youthmorphed Michael Douglas as Hank Pym going into the ‘ant hill’ with the first use of his Pym particles and deciding to lock up the goods as it were for safety’s sake, and you have one hell of a movie on your hands.  Sorry Pymboys, I love the comics’ Pym, but Scott Lang makes for a more concise and interesting story on screen.  

seraphin
seraphin

Michael Douglas ? Who not casting Christopher Lee ???!!!! I really apPreciate this actOr but it´s like asking my grAndma plat the red witch. You should be paying more attention to what The fans are expecting unless you want to get the "dardevil result" dON't forget that the Main public looKing after this kinD of entertainmEnt is composed of marvel fans

ericbanga
ericbanga

Why would you get an old actor to play antman just to get a younger actor to probably play antman in the avengers movie

knighty
knighty

Honestly I think he's too old. Should he be Peter Parker's age? No, but I'd like someone maybe in 40s at the most.

Magnetic_Eye
Magnetic_Eye

Hank Pym has held the Ant-Man identity far longer than Scott Lang and should've been prioritized as the main character. From "Tales To Astonish" through to ALL volumes of The Avengers, it was Hank Pym as Ant-Man most of the time.

I still think Ant-Man & The Wasp as the original founding members of The Avengers, should've featured in The Avengers movie. IMO, Joss Whedon would still have worked his magic to make the dynamics work.

You can still attempt to do something fresh, new and different using the original character as a contemporary Avenger. I don't buy into this notion that using Scott Lang is going to appeal to a broader audience. Good screenwriters know how to write cinematic character development and how to make it work.

Can you imagine a Superman, Batman or Spider-Man film without the pivotal characters of Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne or Peter Parker???

There may well be more movie fans than comic book fans, but in some ways that's kind of irrelevent. It's like going on a ride at Disney land and not buying into the history and literature of the characters. It's surface level fandom Motivated by Over commercialization.

Furthermore, What's with the 60's super spy heist scenario??? We have a comedic director and a comedy actor. Ant-Man is not a comedIc super Spy. I'm all for movie adaptations being a little different to the original source material, but when it steers so far off into alternate reimaginings, Marvel continues to lose my custom at the box office.

DapperWolverine
DapperWolverine

I can't wait to see the ANT-MAN Movie, its going to be fun to see Hank Pym in real life, but it seems that in the pictures I see the

Ant-Man suit and it looks like Eric 'O Grady's Ant-Man suit.

marvelous19999
marvelous19999

MARVEL USE CAST OF LAST VEGAS TO CAST THE REST OF THE AVENGERS ! morgan freeman-black panther, robert dinero-wonderman and kevin kline as dr.strange !!!! LETS DO THIS !!!  MAKE IT HAPPEN !

Twizm000
Twizm000

"True fans" - what does that even mean? There's probably a few million more fans in China than the US now. Thank you Disney for digging into some of your international Networks to show that Marvel has some pretty awesome stories to Share. Looking forward to the movie Ant-Man even though i could never buy into his story.

I mentioned this in an earlier comment... But I'm expecting that somehow, Marvel Studios are going to pay the proper homage to the character of Hank Pym as somehow being a contrIbuting influence to putting in the foundations for the Avengers Initiative during the 60's era.

Oh, can someone please point out what they like about Hank Pym as a characteR? The dude's identity has been so lost over the past several years. I dont even know what to call him anymore!! Giant Man, GoliAth, Ant Man, even Wasp at some point! Did he ever call himself Yellow Jacket too?? I could never understand his motivations for becoming a hero and staying a hero.

DigDugBug
DigDugBug

Huh? Michael Douglas? Who next? Ben Affleck? Did they not learn anything from all the complaints when the DC producers spoke up. AntMan will be a Redbox rental for me!

Spawn_of_Unicron
Spawn_of_Unicron

Douglas is a great actor, but he's 69 FREAKING years old.  Hank Pym is a contemporary and rival of Tony Stark.  Iron Man 3 was great but they blew an opportunity by casting Guy Pierce as Aldrich Killian.  Pierce would have been the perfect Hank Pym.  Cast him anyway and make it an inside joke when Stark and Pym meet...Tony: "You seem familiar to me" Pym: "I get that a lot."

marvelous19999
marvelous19999

Idont care whatanybody says !!! Michael douglas is not agood actor for hank pym !!!! My opinion !! Idgaf what anybody has to say! Hes too olddd !!!! Booooooooo you marvel! Nolove for your true fans !

Castellan
Castellan

I'm willing to wait for some more info. After all Douglas is playing Hank Pym ... not Ant-man ... clearly the origin tale will differ from the comics. And I was guilty of questioning the use of Anthony Hopkins as Odin ... but that turned out to be inspired.  

heresdaria
heresdaria plus member

Actually I just looked up the role Paul Rudd will be playing and it looks like he will probably be doing all the spandex wearing which is great and It looks like Hank will be in his retirement stage of the comics letting Scott Lang prove himself as a hero. So if MD does more of the Doctor role and ex superhero then he will work. I just don't know what they will do later on when they need to show the relationship between Hank Pym and and Ultron for the Ultron movie because Hank was young then so are they getting a new actor? And for the movie goers who will only know the Scott Lang version will marvel explain Hank Pym to them and the history of the Ant Man and Giant Man tech? Ok I guess the rest is up to the magic of movies and good writing (we can only hope).


anyamarie
anyamarie

though i think MD is a very good actor, i am just not sure he is the right actor for the part of hank. normally i would hold off on my judgement of the choice of an actor to play the part of an icon in the marvel universe, but the choice of douglas in this role, i could not be silent. now the only way i could see douglas playing the part of hank pym is to have him as hank pyms father who also happens to be named hank pym. i will now have to wait and see how the film turns out before i really judge this film. but, if it turns out like ironman 3 did with the big let down of the mandarin, i was hoping for one of ironman's greatest foes, but got a joke instead and was very disappointed in the film. i just hope i am not as disappointed in ant-man as well. 

echo7rvugrp
echo7rvugrp

I say Wait and see bEcause michael douglas is a stellar actor and The Team Thats putting together the movie wouldn't sell short their marvel fans. Ant-man is going To be a hit liIke the other series marvel made. Go for the guSto.

Kuriousjorgie
Kuriousjorgie

 This just in Catherine Zeta Douglas is playing Wasp!!!   

Kuriousjorgie
Kuriousjorgie

While I'm not sold as Douglas as Pym, his age is my number 1 concern. I do however have a ton of faith in Edgar Wright. Lets slow down for a moment and look back. if Wright can make Michael Cera look bad ass in Scott Pilgrim I'm sure he will have no problem with a Quality actor like Michael Douglas. Fingers, toes, arms and legs crossed.

THANOS315
THANOS315

I'm not feeling this @ all. Michael Douglas is a good actor but him as Hank Pym I just don't see. Marvel you guys could've done better than this.

runts_gal
runts_gal member

I hate this. I love hank Pym, have for years and I hate that you are turning him into an old has been.

dcrago
dcrago

Wow...Really!  I am the biggest Marvel fan around and I am saddened to hear this news and honestly-I no longer look forward to this movie.  I completely agree with "Roadkill62" below.  Do I really want to see Michael Douglas in spandex and seeing him fighting on screen in a costume with fake muscles?  I don't think so (waitaminute...this is "Magneto" in the X-Men movies all over again...ugg!)!  Who are they going to get to play Janet Pym-maybe that new babe-Judi Dench can pull it off.  Another missed opportunity for Marvel.  This could be be even worse (maybe?) than the utter failure/ridiculous use of The Mandarin in Iron Man 3.  I was so looking forward to him in the movie and some exec (it could not have been a serious Iron Man writer) makes the decision to turn him into a big joke (I hope that someone lost their job over that decision).  The movie could have been incredible with epic battles with the classic villain...I wasn't the only one who left the theater ticked off I'm sure.  Not surprising the movie got "Worst Movie of the Year"!  Oh well, I can still look forward to the DC character upcoming movies and of course the "Justice League" movie.  Marvel, don't be afraid to take a chance with an up and coming actor like Christopher Reeves as Superman in 1978.   


As roadkill62 put it...I mean no disrespect to any of the above actors-they are all great in their perspective roles and fine actors/actresses, but come on!!  Give the people what they want and you won't be disappointed with the box office results I promise!

KidAvenger
KidAvenger

I Can't Wait This Is Gonna Be Soooooooooooooooooooooooo Cool!

roadkill62
roadkill62

While I usually get aggravated when I read comments that such and such an actor is too old (usually someone in their mid 30s to upper 40s) to play a character, Michael Douglas will be 70 this year. Even if he was fit like many of the older Expendables stars, and he isn't, how wise is it to start a new movie character, that could be used in multiple sequels and in crossovers with other movies, with someone his age?


I am not disrespecting his pedigree but this many almost died last year. He is not healthy. Sorry Mr. Douglas if you are reading this. I mean no offense.


I thought this was a joke at first. He could play Hank Pym's father perhaps but the title role?

danty004
danty004

I do mind the Scott Lang storyline considering this is a character who has held the Ant Man mantle for such a very short time.

The fact that the original, longest serving and founding member of the Avengers is being ignored as a contemporary Avenger by the cinematic universe irks me to no end, especially when they're using other characters from the comics in their original form.

IMO, and from a story perspective, Hank Pym is a far more interesting character than Scott Lang. Pym is a Biochemist with extensive knowledge in various scientific fields. He's a lot smarter than Stark, but has a dark and rich history in relation to his Bipolar disorder, which as far as I'm concerned makes for a more compelling, dynamic and engaging story on screen of the flawed super-hero and his interactions with Janet Van Dyne and colleagues.

submitorperish
submitorperish

@Netbret  I don't think people are mad that they're using Scott Lang, I think they're upset about the age of Hank Pym and i kind of agree. Why use a youth morphed older actor when they could've got someone a little younger to keep the role of Hank Pym going in future films.  Scott Lang is the right choice for a movie plot but the age of Hank is upsetting. Alan Tudyk, Aaron Eckhart, and Nathan Fillion are excellent choices IMO for Hank Pym.

han8pym
han8pym

@knighty  He should be 30 not 70. I bet they're gonna make him die in the movie too, so Lang can DEFINITELY be Ant man ( not like anyone wants him to be anyway)

CrystalMcGhee
CrystalMcGhee plus member

@Magnetic_Eye I defiantly think (like you said) they are trying to go for a more Comedic Tone for this movie. Which in my mind is a said waste of an Ant-Man film! I'm fine with light humor coupled with action.  

xnamora
xnamora

@marvelous19999  Why not just have Kirk Douglas and Paul Newman and maybe Fay Wray play Hank and Scott and Janet? Oh wait....Fay passed away. 

han8pym
han8pym

@Twizm000  Hank Pym is the best marvel character EVER ok, and that doesn't give Edgar Wright the right (lol) to mess him up and to cut him out of the whole movie. Hank is just like Tony Stark, a main character with issues and problems and I bet you couldn't imagine Iron man without Tony Stark but just with Pepper as Rescue and War Machine.Or Thor with Beta Ray Bill instead. It just doesn't make sense and that's what it's like with Ant Man, the movie CANT and WONT make any sense.

marvelous19999
marvelous19999

@Twizm000 Hank Pym is one of the most grounded in reality characters in Marvel! He goes through phases that every human being goes through when making a mistake or wrong choice. He is shown struggling with emotions and not knowing what to do as most human beings would go through the same thing. He feels like a failure no matter how hard he tries, he fails to impress his peers and feels like he isn't worthy of being amongst them so he creates alter egos to try to find his place ! 


Instead of fighting villans and taking them out he wants to work with them and put them through rehab so they can make better of themselves. He is a peaceful man (please no wifebeater remarks because plenty of real life people in pop culture are wife beaters and are glorified for example chris brown and theyre are plenty others !)


True fans mean exactly what you think it means. Nobody is mad theyre using Scott Lang but the fact that Hank Pym Is so much older regardless of how good and how many awards Michael Douglas Has doesnt really sit well with people ! People say sticking to the source material would only please fanboys but look where not sticking to source material has gotten movies (godzilla 1998, fantastic fours galactus, iron man 3 mandarin even though it did good sale wise story wise wouldve been better with a real mandarin, spiderman 3 venom dies, and there are countless more ! 


Use Scott Lang But get someone else to fit the shows of Pym, and theyre are plenty of actors who could fit the role ! michael douglas isnt the only one he didnt even want the part but changed his mind over the holiday to  please his son ! get someone that really wants it not just to say hey i did a superhero movie ! 

DepraviousRex
DepraviousRex member

@heresdaria As we all know, the marvel cinematic universe differs from the marvel universe (print). In the cinematic universe Hank Pym is a contemporary of Howard Stark, Tony Stark's Dad. That is why he has to be old. Marvel thought that Hank was too much like Tony Stark. Rich scientist building inventions for the betterment of humanity. Supplying S.H.I.E. L. D. with gadgets but keeping the best for safekeeping, lest they be corrupted for wepons or selfish gains. Kind of dull. The storyline where Scott Lang steals Hank's technology so he can sell it to unscrupulous people so he can have money for his daughter's (Cassie) operation to save her life, then later redeeming himself has more of a bite than the Hank storyline. Besides we might

get to see Cassie grow also, since Cassie also steals Pym's particles from her dad to become the Young Avenger's "Stature". I hope this helps.

SteezPeru
SteezPeru member

That would make a lot more sense than douglas plaYing anT man....

DepraviousRex
DepraviousRex member

@dcrago see the reply for heresdaria six comments above.Mr. Douglas will not be the one wearing tights. That would be Paul Rudd.

submitorperish
submitorperish

@dcrago MARVEL shows their diehard fans no respect in some aspects , all the respect goes to the moviegoers, not the ones who stuck by them before the movies made them the popular company they are today ! 

Netbret
Netbret member

@submitorperish @Netbret  Those would be excellent choices, if you weren't casting a Hank Pym that was a contemporary of Howard Stark, as opposed to Tony Stark.  He's probably been feeding SHIELD with tech for years, but has also been holding on to some good stuff for safety's sake. Think Dr. Jonas Venture meets retired Bruce Wayne from Batman Beyond.  

Magnetic_Eye
Magnetic_Eye

@ CrystalMcGhee

I really think this is bad casting all round plus wrong choice of director. It's almost as if Marvel are ashamed of their super hero past and want to add as much comedy to everything in an effort to appeal to an all ages mass audience.

I don't get their viewpoint. Zack Snyder proved with "Man Of Steel" and Christopher Nolan in particular with the "Batman" trilogy that you can apply a mature treatment to your adaptation and still be very SUCCESSFUL at the box office.

rdcitraro
rdcitraro

@marvelous19999 ,Michael Douglas is one of the last great old school actors remaining in Hollywood. You should be proud and kicking your teeth w/ a rock,thanking everybody for casting him. So tell me,whom do you think should be cast?,Justin Biber?,are you stupid,high? or both?

marvelous19999
marvelous19999

Why do you assume I want seth instead give me a freakin break

Magnetic_Eye
Magnetic_Eye

@DepraviousRex @heresdaria


Everybody knows the Marvel Cinematic Universe  differs slightly from the print medium, but this film is going to skew far off into an alternate re-imagining. 


In the Marvel Cinematic Universe , Steve Rogers is still Captain America, Tony Stark is still Iron Man, Bruce Banner is still the Hulk, Thor is Thor, Clint Barton is still Hawkeye and Natasha Romanova is still the Black Widow. 


The point being is that ALL of these characters have retained their original identities and names as members from Marvel's original mainstream (616) Universe over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as contemporary Avengers. 


Marvel Studios have allowed all but the original Hank Pym aka Ant-Man & Janet Van Dyne aka Wasp to cross over, which is why I'm beginning to have more and more contempt for the MCU.


Disney/Marvel are going to milk the sentimental soap opera (cue violins & hand out the kleenex) with Lang & Cassie, but Hank Pym is a far more complex character with a greater and richer history. 


IMO, Scott Lang's legacy is pretty short lived.

PotentPoundz
PotentPoundz

@DepraviousRex @heresdaria  Tony Stark doesnt create technology for the better of humans he is weapons engineer. Hank Pym is the one that tires to create technology for the better and tries to rehabilitate criminals. Hank is the oppostie of TOny Stark. Tony Stark is a spoiled brat and if it wasnt for his father he wouldnt be Iron Man. Hank didnt need his father to do what he did. Hank Pym also doesnt supplu SHIELD with gadgets he doesnt like interferring with them. 


I think more people want to see Hank and Janet more than they want to see Cassie 


I dont mind the Scott Lang story i mind Hank Pyms age

submitorperish
submitorperish

I was suggesting that one of those actors should play a modern Pym instead of them making him older.

marvelous19999
marvelous19999

@rdcitraro @marvelous19999 EXACTLY ! OLD SCHOOL ! Why cast an old wrinkly yesteryear actor as someone who is supposed to be young? thats why i  should be proud thanking them? for a dumb decision? they dont pay my bills for me to thank them!  Hank Pym is Tonys Starks peer and rival ! you dont have to be ignorant with suggestions like Justin Beiber and Seth Rogen cause i could get ignorant too ! and you must be the high and stupid one approving Michael Douglas for Hank Pym a character you probably know nothing about ! go praise your god Michael Douglas !