Let’s begin with this note: I like Paul Rudd 100%. I love his films and his acting and do not have any reservation to Paul doing something other than comedy. Unlike the days of yore, there was outrage to Michael Keaton playing the role of Batman. I think part of this problem was the fact that Keaton was more of a comedic actor and not a dramatic one. That being said, there was a movie called Clean and Sober which Keaton did that showed a darker side which worked well later in Batman. The other point of contention was the fact that Keaton was not a very physically imposing in stature. Still, Burton, the director of Batman, chose the right guy for the right job in the end as Keaton proved everyone wrong. Flash forward, Ant Man is a similar problem but not the same as Keaton.
Like I said, Paul is not the problem; it’s Ant Man himself. With a special device, Ant-Man is able to communicate, what for it, ants as well as to shrink himself down to the size of, what for it, an ant. Yet, he still retains the powers of a human in the small version of Hank Pym. Great. Ok. What else? Basically, Ant Man is Marvel’s Aquaman. This is not to say I would not want to see Ant Man but the early versions of this character has a lot to be desired. Yet, on the other side of the spectrum, Mike Millar‘s Ultimate Avengers universe paints Pym to be an abusive wife beater to Janet. Holy crap!!! This was a cue from the Watchman graphic novel where the Comedian tried to rape Sally Jupiter. Though not on the same level but seeing superheroes acting in such an aggressive manner was brand new, exciting, and quite disturbing. So, which Hank Pym are we going to get in the movie?
I know that Hank is one of top minds in the Marvel world but I don’t want to see Paul playing him as the absent-minded professor and only going for cheap laughs. Yet, we are not going to get the much darker Pym because after all Disney now owns Marvel and that shit will not fly. The whole issue with Tony Stark and his drinking problem was never full realized but was played a bit in Iron Man 2. There Tony finds out that he is dying which leads him to drink more than the previous movie but still he never flew out in his suit drunk like in the comics. So, we are going to have to see Hank being able to be the Ant Man and I hope they can include Giant Man. I can forgo the Yellowjacket phase as this was very well done in the Avengers animated series and would only work in we see the phasing out of Ant Man.
Below is a pic and transcript of a sketch done on Saturday Night Live. The host for this show was Margot Kidder and the sketch was Margot playing Lois hosting a party with Superman and many super powered guests including yours truly Ant Man. This gets to the heart of the problem for this character and I hope a happy medium can be found for this diminutive character.
SNL Episode Number 81, 17 March 1979
[Doorbell rings, the Flash moves to answer it.]
The Flash: I’ll get it, Lois. [opens door, grunts and crouches as if putting his arm around someone] Sue Storm, the Invisible Girl! [laughs] Come on right in! [Spider-Man, looking rather thin, enters and shakes hands with Flash] Hey, Spider-Man! All right. [Spider-Woman, looking stunningly sexy, enters and gets a kiss and handshake from Flash] Spider-Woman. How are ya? Hey. [The Thing, huge and orange, must enter sideways] Ah, the Thing! All right! Come on in, join the party. [Antman, wearing a helmet with antennae, enters and shakes hands, but the Flash doesn’t recognize him] Ah… Excuse me, I’m not sure if I remember your name. I’m really bad with names, you know.
Antman: [high-pitched voice] You don’t remember me? We met several times. I is Antman. A-N-T-M-A-N.
The Flash: Oh, right, right.
The Flash: Uh, Antman.
The Flash: What are your super powers again? You – you – you talk to the ants, is that it?
Antman: Well, partly. But, mainly, I shrink myself down to the size of an ant while retaining my full human strength.
The Flash: Really?
The Flash: [sarcastic] Oooh, that’s really impressive. Size of an ant with human strength. You must be able to clean house on those other ants, huh? [chuckles] Hey! Hey, Hulk! Hey, check this guy out.
[The Hulk joins them. He and the Flash can barely keep from laughing at poor Antman and can’t help chortling in-between their heavily sarcastic remarks:]
The Hulk: Ooooh!
The Flash: He’s got the strength of a human!
The Hulk: Antman, huh?! Where are your ants?
Antman: They’re – they’re at home, uh, in the ant farm.
The Hulk: Oh, better stay out of this guy’s way.
The Flash: Oooh! Every molecule’s quiverin’ now!
Antman: I don’t see what’s so funny. There something wrong with being Antman? I mean, what’s the joke? I don’t see what’s so–
The Hulk: Oh, great, great, Antman. Oh, excuse me. [joins Lois at punch bowl]
The Flash: [to Antman] Don’t worry about it. We’re just ribbin’ ya.
Erase any doubt you might have had that last night’s “in talks” report about Paul Rudd playing the lead in Ant-Man for Edgar Wright could have meant that someone else might end up with the role. (The actor had passed off talks of him getting the gig as “all rumor, man” just a week ago.)
Marvel has just confirmed that Rudd will play the role, though the release shies away from naming the specific incarnation of the character, and definitely does not give out any plot info.
Here’s the release, from Marvel:
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” has found its hero in Paul Rudd, who will star in the new film from director Edgar Wright hitting theaters July 31, 2015!
The casting of Rudd represents the actor that Marvel had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man, continuing the studio’s desire to cast actors that bring several dimensions to its onscreen heroes. The film’s plot is being kept under wraps.
“When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige. “We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever%