We already know that the upcoming Ant-Man (played by Paul Rudd) will be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but we haven't known for sure if he'll be appearing the upcoming sequel to The Avengers...until now.
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, recently confirmed with Empire that the character will not be making an appearance in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035), even though Hank Pym is inventor of Ultron in the comics.
When asked why they made this decision, here's what Feige had to say:
It was two things - a story Edgar wanted to tell that we'll see with Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd, and now we're 11 films in, it's looking at the characters we've already introduced who already have the technology and the brains to do...certain things
He's referring to Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), who will be directing the film. He's also talking about Michael Douglas, who is playing Hank Pym. As for the character who will be inventing Ultron instead of Pym? He's clearly talking about Tony Stark, who is a more likely culprit for inventing the villain.
Feige was also asked whether or not Scott Lang/Ant-Man will resemble Tony Stark as a character, sort of as the "original" Tony Stark.
He's certainly older. Original Tony Stark? In that he is an inventor and a scientist, but he has a very different demeanour that Tony and a very different ego, even when he was younger.
As for how well Rudd will fit the character of Ant-Man, Feige was pretty quick to speculate:
Look at that origin of the petty crook who comes into contact with a suit and does his best to make good, and then look at someone like Paul Rudd, who can do slightly unsavoury things like break into people's houses and still be charming and who you root for and whose redemption you will find satisfaction in.
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It's definitely odd that Marvel decided to put off [Ant-Man](movie:9048) until Phase 3, especially because the film has been in the works since before the first Iron Man. Regardless, the silver lining is that Marvel will definitely have the financial resources to put out a riskier take on one of the more complex Marvel characters.
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