I'm pretty excited about Ant-Man. As the [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) showed us, there's nothing more fun than a superhero movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. That being said, this also appears to be the first Marvel movie in a long time that isn't advancing the larger, ongoing Avengers-based storyline. Is there a hidden message in Ant-Man or will this end up being Marvel's first one-shot movie?
The Avengers Connection
One of the more recent revelations about July's Ant-Man adventure is that it will take some steps to deepen the Avengers back-story. The official plot synopsis reveals Michael Douglas' Hank Pym as being one of the "original Avengers" (as his classic Marvel character should be) and an early appearance in the movie by Agent Carter has all but been confirmed by Marvel.
It's great that they'll be doing the work to directly tie the Ant-Man characters to the larger, established MCU but how is Paul Rudd's Scott Lang going to factor into Marvel's big picture? Will they even bother? Did Ant-Man come into being simply because they'd been working on the film since Edgar Wright was developing it back in 2006 and couldn't let it die?
The New Scott Lang
I've written about how the changes made to Scott Lang's character in the movie could be detrimental to fitting him in to the Avengers mold. While the character arc of a petty criminal becoming a hero is good stuff for a movie on its own, removing Scott Lang's frustrated electronics expert angle takes away one of the main reasons he was a useful member to the Avengers in the Marvel comics.
But we're missing something, right? There has to be some reason that Hank Pym is gravitated toward Scott Lang as being the man to pass the Ant-Man torch to, no? Is our "petty criminal" really a master of the breaking and entering arts? Maybe Scott Lang won't be building the security system for the new Avengers Tower as his comic book alter-ego would - but he might be the guy to call on when a certain something his locked up somewhere and requires a man with a certain set of skills.
I'm hoping [Ant-Man](movie:9048) is a huge success that demands the character's further involvement in the MCU. And that's not just because I think it would be a dream come true to see Paul Rudd and Robert Downey Jr. palling around on screen or simply enjoy Rudd's reaction to being in the same room as a Hulk or Norse God. Simply put, I think Paul Rudd could be the earth-bound equivalent of Chris Pratt's Star-Lord.
The Ant-Man character still has tons of potential, as does the great female superhero Wasp, and it would be a shame if Marvel can't figure out how to fit this miniature world into the macro Avengers one. And even if they decide they can't go that route - there seems to be a new Marvel show on TV or Netflix coming out every other month. The possibilities are endless.