Okay, so first of all, I would like to apologize for headlining this post with the most over-used picture of our shrinking superhero yet. Unfortunately, despite its many wonders, Google images doesn't always give you quite what you're looking for.
Speaking of not being able to spot what you're looking for, I am now going to proceed to ramble about the only Marvel film in which the bad guys physically will... not be able to spot what they're looking for. This Marvel film, in case you didn't read the title, is of course "Ant-Man."
With the hype from [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) slowly dying out as more and more people feast their eyes on its superhero awesomeness, the superhero film fan community has cast its glance towards this highly anticipated motion picture being produced by Marvel studios.
Mainly because, y'see, the main character can do this:
We know who he'll be fighting, we know how he'll be fighting him, and we have a general idea of the plot of the film (ish.) What a lot of people are still cloudy on, however, is the role of this ant-sized crime fighter in the future of the MCU.
Lucky for you guys, I have a few details to spill. And some cool pictures to throw in the mix, so let's get to it... what is Scott Lang's future?
Beware: mild spoilers for the wider MCU's future are also to be found ahead. Read on in either confidence or blissful ignorance.
Scott Lang Will Assume His Giant-Man Alias In [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409)
It has been confirmed through various sources (including Marvel Studios themselves) that Paul Rudd's character will be on Iron Man's team come May 2016, in time for the big, super-powered face-off. You can check out the team guide and other details for Cap 3 here.
He will also be assuming one of Hank Pym's four aliases from the comics in the form of "Giant-Man", a superhero who uses pym particle technology to reverse the process of the Ant-Man suit, allowing him to become twenty times bigger than his usual self. Clever science-y stuff.
This may mean he could eventually adopt all four Hank Pym aliases in future, including Yellowjacket and Goliath. I'd assume, seeing as Yellowjacket is the main protagonist in the Ant-Man film, that if Paul Rudd's character was to eventually become Hank Pym's Yellowjacket, it would be via copying & improving the tech we're going to see the bad guy wear this July. And that would be pretty awesome.
Also, assuming Paul Rudd has signed the (what is now standard) six-picture deal with Marvel, with possible extensions, it gives him more than enough time to explore all four roles.
He May Not Always be the Only Ant-Man
Dun-dun-dun-dunnnnn! As we all know, the actual superhero we'll see do all the not-so-heavy lifting goes by the civilian name of Scott Lang - but in the comics, Ant-Man/Goliath/Giant-Man/Yellowjacket are all, under the mask, a guy called Hank Pym.
As you can see above, Michael Douglas has been cast in the movie as Hank Pym himself - now perhaps a researcher whose research has only just been completed, and so his character has been forced to hand his tech onto a younger dude. Cue Scott Lang.
Lego rather fortunately have released their Ant-Man set, that goes hand in hand with the movie and the characters in it. Here is a picture:
Look at the characters in the bottom right. Of course, we're given the evil Yellowjacket, and the good guy Scott Lang - but also a character dressed in an Ant-Man suit that is alternate to Scott's, labelled as Hank Pym.
As well as this, seeing as the set is labelled as the "Final Battle" I think we can assume that, as the movie reaches its finale, we'll see a hardened veteran version of Hank Pym also don the shrinking suit to kick some Yellowjacket-themed ass alongside his buddy Scott.
It's Michael Douglas being a badass. What's not to like?
He Won't be Dying Anytime Soon
Spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron can be found below.
I'll cut straight to the chase here. You remembr Scarlet Witch? The girl with the red psychic-y stuff? Of course you do. During the film, she throws visions into the heads of Earth's mightiest, all of which we have thrown off as merely 'visions.'
Nevertheless, these 'visions' are all technically true occurences. Thor sees Ragnarok - this we know to be an accurate prediction of the future. Cap sees his life had he not plunged into the ice - an accurate rendition of an alternate reality. Lastly, Black Widow quite clearly sees an accurate representation of her past life.
God knows what Hulk was seeing. All we know is that it involved smashed buildings. A lottttt of smashed buildings.
So, given that these 'visions' are actually accurate predictions (or memories,) do you remember that 'vision' that Tony Stark had? The Avengers, all lying dead in space atop a platform. The likes of them included all the main members we have at the minute (except Iron Man,) Black Panther, Captain Marvel and a few more unidentified bodies.
I can't include an image, because Marvel or whoever it is would sue my butt for copyright reasons, but you all know the scene I'm talking about. This could possibly be an alternate reality - much like Cap's vision - but why would Marvel do that? It's the perfect easter egg right underneath our noses. I believe (and so do many others) that this is how Avengers: Infinity War Part One will end. Sad stuff.
It's okay though, because if they follow the comics, Spider-Man will do some time-travelling and fix everything. Go spidey!
Now, unless Scott was lying dead in Ant-Man form, and nobody could see him, we can assume that he didn't die in that battle. His six-picture deal wouldn't let him die before then anyways. What's interesting about it though, is that maybe he doesn't become an Avenger until after the events of Infinity Wars? We know the small-screen heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have been confirmed to make their big-screen debut in Part Two, and I think them with Ant-Man, Spidey and Stark would be a brilliant blend.
Actually, the idea he doesn't become an Avenger for a while ties onto my next point perfectly...
He Could Be The Founder of The Young Avengers
That's right - it's possible that the folks over at Marvel are setting up a 'Young Avengers' movie.
So please, before you lose your respective heads - hear me out. The members we know of so far are potentially (and I must stress, this is entirely theory, so take these ideas with a pinch of salt) Deathlok's son from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., he could be due to become Patriot - the Captain America of the Young Avengers, and the dude in blue in the picture above. Ty Simpkins' role as Harley Keener in Iron Man 3 showed his character off to be very much a younger Tony Stark - he could graduate to Iron Lad, although that would be deviating from the comics largely. Hawkeye's two kids could also become members, and perhaps Thor: Ragnarok will introduce Wiccan/Asgardian in the MCU. Key members like Hulkling haven't really showed up yet, but it's about ten years until any of these young actors are old enough to be full-fledged superheroes.
What's interesting about Ant-Man (specifically Scott Lang, not Hank Pym) is that his daughter Cassie Lang - who is shown in the trailer - has a unique story to herself. It's a long and complicated one, but ultimately it leads to her becoming the super-heroine Stature, the Young Avengers' resident Giant-Woman.
I think that if my above theories are correct, and Ant-Man isn't an Avenger for a while, he could be the grown-up hero that fights alongside the Young Avengers in their first movie. A total theory, but still I think a cool and slightly well-backed idea.
That's it from me today folks! Leave your ideas in the comments, and don't forget to stop by my profile for all things superhero. Take the poll and have your say!
Until next time :)