BySean Erickson, writer at Creators.co
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In the months leading up to Marvel's [Ant-Man](movie:9048) movie, certain details have been revealed about the little superhero that could. First and foremost, and what has be quite excited about the movie, is that the movie will be somewhat of a relief form the dark and stormy path that Captain America: Winter Soldier, Marvel's Agents of SHEILD and [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) have put the Marvel Cinematic Universe on.

Marvel's Comic Relief

When Ant-Man cast member Bobby Cannavale was asked about the movie he compared it to the Guardians of the Galaxy and that aside from the green screen work that was going on, being on the set felt like being a part of an indie comedy that wouldn't feel out of place among other Paul Rudd movies like Anchorman and I Love You, Man.

Paul Rudd in Anchorman 2
Paul Rudd in Anchorman 2

I think many Marvel movie fans will be happy to hear that Ant-Man will provide some much needed comic relief after the seemingly tragic events that will unfold in Avengers: Age of Ultron. How the movie will deepen and add to the Avengers story is something that hasn't been revealed as the release date approaches.

Hank Pym Flashback

Most news of the spoiler variety surrounding the Ant-Man movie has revealed itself to be tied into an Agent Carter story that is rumored to be at the beginning of the movie. This prelude would set up the character of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his invention of the Ant-Man technology.

Scott Lang and Hank Pym in Ant-Man
Scott Lang and Hank Pym in Ant-Man

This prelude may also introduce the character of Darren Cross, who turns out to be the villain who creates the Yellowjacket version of the Ant-Man suit that is being developed for military purposes. The actor Corey Stoll explained Darren Cross' relationship to Hank Pym as being a child prodigy whom Pym takes under his wing.

Cross Tech Takeover

Eventually Cross want to take the Ant-Man technology further but Hank Pym, being the responsible hero, refuses to go the militaristic route. Stoll went on to explain in his Entertainment Weekly interview that Darren Cross and Hank Pym's daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) plot to take the technology and form Cross Technological Industries.

Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man
Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man

Here is where Paul Rudd's Scott Lang comes in, being asked by Hank Pym to break into Cross Tech and steal the Ant-Man technology that Darren Cross is using to create Yellowjacket and prevent it from being used for the purposes of evil.

Is There Hope For Janet?

But what about Hope Van Dyne? Who's side is she on? The character seems to be a melding of the two established women who are related to Hank Pym. There is Janet van Dyne, a partner of Hank Pym, who is traditionally the character that becomes the Wasp. And then there is Hope Pym who is the disgruntled daughter of Hank Pym that turns against her father and becomes the Red Queen.

Will Marvel's Wasp finally emerge in the MCU?
Will Marvel's Wasp finally emerge in the MCU?

Marvel has taken some liberties, condensed and integrated any number of comic book elements in the effort to streamline the MCU. Obviously if Marvel wants to bring the Wasp into the picture - and by all accounts this has been something they've been thinking of since the very first Avengers movie - some tweaking of the comic book legend has to be done if Hank Pym is being represented by Michael Douglas.

Father Figures

We know that part of the Ant-Man story in both the comics and the movie is Scott Lang trying to provide a future for his daughter. It would make a lot of sense that the movie would have a parallel story involving Hank Pym trying to reconcile his relationship with his daughter at the same time.

Scott Lang takes care of his daughter in Ant-Man
Scott Lang takes care of his daughter in Ant-Man

Will we find out that Darren Cross has also been working on the Wasp technology for his partner Janet Van Dyne while he's been perfecting his Yellowjacket suit? Will the final conflict convince Janet Van Dyne that the side of Hank Pym and Scott Lang is the one to be on? Will the [Ant-Man](movie:9048) movie allow the Wasp finally join the Avengers as Joss Whedon has always envisioned? Or will her hatred of her father blossom into the Red Queen? Let your opinion be known in the comments below!

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