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Cross Technological Enterprises (CTE) is owned by Darren Cross, who by the sounds of the rumored leak is going to be the main villain and possibly even Yellowjacket! What we didn't realize is just how perfect of a villain this guy can really be for the movie. With the announcement, I had to look deeper into the character and what I've found is AMAZING and could potentially tie in Hawkeye into the franchise!

Story begins with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) being a thief and single dad who has fallen on hard times and one day breaks into Hank Pym's apartment and steals the Ant-Man suit.

By the sounds of it, Scott Lang is going to have a very unique family situation compared to previous superheroes: a single dad. This means we'll hopefully get to see a very touching side of Scott and his connection to his daughter Cassie, who has not yet been suggested by rumors or news to have been cast... yet.

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Cassie's medical struggles have been a source of conflict for Scott Lang in the comics, and coincidentally, this ties in perfectly with Darren Cross. How? I'll let the Cross Tech wikipedia page explain a bit of this to you:

Darren Agonistes Cross, created and headed his company, Cross Technological Enterprises, and made it a success to rival the top competitors [Such as STARK Industries]. However, Darren was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. He used his own technology to create an experimental nucleorganic pacemaker to save his life [similar to Tony Stark].
Although a success, the nucleorganic pacemaker mutated Darren's body to and gave him superhuman abilities. A side-effect of the mutation was that Darren would quickly overuse and burn out his heart. Multiple heart transplants were performed, but each heart was removed when overused. Desperate, he kidnapped heart surgeon Doctor Erica Sondheim to replace his damaged heart ... [Ant-Man](movie:9048), also looking for Doctor Sondheim to save the life of his daughter Cassie, attempted to rescue her.
Could Patrick Wilson's mystery character be Darren?
Could Patrick Wilson's mystery character be Darren?

So it seems as though Scott Lang's struggles may just be surrounded and inspired by the love for his daughter. As a criminal, this is possibly the best way to justify his actions to the audience. This technique worked very well with Sandman in Spider-Man 3, right? The only reason why we cared anything about Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern is because of his connection with his nephew.

Darren Cross's cousin is also the villain Crossfire, who will make a nice mini-villain like Batroc in the Winter Soldier. Or better yet, similar to Black Widow's involvement in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973), we could see Hawkeye come in and assist Lang in the take-down of Cross Tech. What's interesting is that Hawkeye has just as much involvement with Cross Tech as Ant-Man does in the comics. Could this be coincidence?

Crossfire secretly rebuilt his operations at Cross Technological Enterprises (CTE), founded by his cousin, Darren Cross. When Hawkeye and Mockingbird investigated, Crossfire first tried to eliminate them using [three] assassins ...

~Crossfire's Wikipedia Page

This already sounds like an excellent side plot action! Mockingbird is a SHIELD agent who could easily be added to ANY Marvel Studios movie in a blink of an eye with little effort for a tie-in. With rumors swirling that Black Widow and Bruce Banner (The Hulk) will actually have a romance in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035), it would only make sense for Hawkeye to pick up a new romance storyline as well. After all, he does marry Mockingbird in the comics.

Is Corey Stoll Crossfire?
Is Corey Stoll Crossfire?
Learning that the Avenger Hawkeye was employed as a security guard at CTE, Crossfire devised a plan to use Hawkeye ... Crossfire's minions managed to take Hawkeye and his companion Mockingbird captive, and Crossfire used his ultrasonic weapon to make them fight each other. During this fight, Hawkeye suffered permanent hearing damage. However, Hawkeye eventually escaped and defeated Crossfire and his henchmen. The second machine was destroyed, and Crossfire was arrested and sentenced to prison.

~William Cross's Marvel Wikia Page

What do you think? Could Marvel have finally found a place to tie Hawkeye and Mockingbird into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?


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