While everyone and their grandparents are waiting intensely for [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035), few are even thinking about the actual culmination of Phase 2.
Which is gonna happen with Ant-Man this July.
If you haven't seen the teaser already, you are clinically dead by now.
See it again, anyway.
This movie poses Hank Pym as the creator of Pym Particles and Scott Lang as the Ant-Man, while deferring from the comics where Hank Pym was the creator and the Ant-Man, who later passed on the mantle to Scott.
But what if Scott Lang isn't the first [Ant-Man](movie:9048).
What if Hank Pym was the original Ant-Man?
What if he has been the Ant-Man since even before the movie began?
Maybe, Pym is actually a 100 years old!
To put things more into perspective, it's possible that Hank Pym was born during 1920s and invented the Pym Particles during/before World War 2 and he used it to fight the Germans, presumably, alongside Agent Carter and Howard Stark. And Pym's backstory is bound to involve them.
It has been confirmed that John Slattery will be appearing as Howard Stark in Ant-Man.
That's why he needs Scott to particularly "be the Ant-Man."
Now, one might argue that Peggy Carter was wayyy too old in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973) to be a contemporary of the ever-charming Michael Douglas.
This has an easy explanation.
It's possible that Pym Particles have a side-effect of slowed aging.
A 20-30 year old Hank Pym uses the Pym particles on himself in 1940s. Since then, while Peggy has aged a full 60-70 years, Hank has only ages 30-35 years, making him physically look like he's in his late 50s or early 60s.
Now, why does Hank Pym require Scott to be the Ant-Man after all this time?
Easy answer again...
He's too old! Even physically, now. Being a superhero at 60 years of age isn't a simple task.
He needs a young lad to take upon his mantle. Which would also give a new light to this picture.
That still keeps a huge question open...
Why did SHIELD never try to recruit Hank Pym?
That's pretty much because tracking the whereabouts of a person who is of the size of an ant isn't that particularly easy.
So the only unanswered question remains, will we see Michael Douglas in the Ant-Man suit too?