ByRandy Micah Smith, writer at
I have a deep love for the superpowered, the superhuman and the supernatural. This translates not only to a deep and abiding love for ancien
Randy Micah Smith

Okey-Dokey, folks. I have a little fan theory/suggestion, about the upcoming Ant-Man movie. So, you know how Paul Rudd is playing Scott Lang (the second Ant-Man), and Michael Douglas is playing Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man), right? Well, I've been going through Hank Pym's rogues gallery. He doesn't have very many well-known villains, aside from Ultron, which sort of sucks.

Though, he does have one villain that, obscure though he may be, actually would be awesome to have Ant-Man face. His name is Elias Weems, and he is known as the Time Master. Now, at first glance, you might think it's a stretch. When you really think about it, though, it's not really that farfetched.

1. Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man) and by extension, his wife Janet van Dyne (aka Wasp), in this movie, were heroes back in the 60's. Forty some-odd years later, that makes them old. Provided, the movie will supposedly flashback to their old hero days, but come on. Shoving them aside for a second Ant-Man and NO Wasp, is really disrespectful. Even worse than Hawkeye being Loki-pwned for most of The Avengers. They've got to have a way to be contemporaries with the current heroes. And how else than a villain who has a machine to manipulate folks' ages? (Plus, it would give the added bonus of them looking young but acting all old-fashioned and out-of-date like Captain America, which would be hilarious...)

  The guy has such a believable grandfather vibe.
The guy has such a believable grandfather vibe.

2. Ultron was his main villain. Without him, Ant-Man doesn't really have much canon to choose from, where baddies are concerned. Not many of his are very difficult villains to handle, compared to those fought by the other Avengers. Thor had Loki, Captain America had Red Skull (in possession of the Tesseract), The Hulk (in '08) had Abomination and Iron Man had *ahem* a bunch of guys. Not to mention, they've all faced Loki's comrades the Chitauri Army, and will soon face Ultron. The Marvel villains obviously go big, so Ant-Man's guy has to do the same.

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3. Time Master would obviously fit into the themes Marvel is putting forth. Aliens (ie the Asgardians, the Chitauri, GOTG etc), Robots (ie Iron Man, Ultron, the Vision, etc) and events being all wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey spacey-wacey (ie Captain America being in, like, his 90s; Thor with the Bifrost; the Nine Realms colliding in Thor 2: The Dark World; the Chitauri invading through a dimensional portal; ALL OF Guardians of the Galaxy, etc).

4. Marvel has no problem with taking obscure characters and making them beloved, given the right actors in the role (see Loki, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc). If they can take the insidious and underhanded Loki, and make him likeable and misunderstood with the right backstory, then a movie with this much hype would shoot Time Master straight up from D-list baddie to at least B-list. After all, Loki started off in comics as evil; Time Master actually did start off decent.

  How often has this scenario happened in real life? Verdict: Relatable...
How often has this scenario happened in real life? Verdict: Relatable...

5. If Time Master uses his age machine, Marvel has full permission and license to make him (AND Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne) young and sexy, for the fans to fall in love with. All while still letting Michael Douglas have a part in the Marvel Universe.

6. With Scott Lang in the role of Ant-Man, and Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne restored to their former glory days, van Dyne could resume the role of Wasp, but Pym would have a perfect reason to move on to another hero role. Undoubtedly, this would be Giant Man/Goliath. And as we all know, that needs to happen.

7. We have seen quite a few of the Infinity Gems (the Infinity Stones, as they are called within MCU continuity). We've seen the Tesseract (which represents the Space Gem), the stone in Loki's scepter (which may represent the Mind or Soul Gem), the Aether (which may represent the Power Gem), and The Orb is to be revealed in Guardians of the Galaxy. How better to introduce the Time Gem, than to have an innocent old man discover it, and then harness its power in a machine that can manipulate the aging process?

  Desperate times call for desperate measures...
Desperate times call for desperate measures...

[PS: Bear in mind that Ant-Man is currently looking to cast a younger Michael Douglas look-alike, as well. Though, regardless of who takes on the role of Younger Hank Pym, nothing has yet been put forth to declare that younger Pym will ONLY be in flashbacks...]

So, yeah, in all, I think Elias Weems aka Time Master (a name which he will only be calling himself, of course) would fit in just fine with the MCU. But then, this is all just my opinion. What do you think, folks? :)


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