We have talked at length about Edgar Wright’s upsetting departure from directing Ant-Man for Marvel, and as fans are still dealing with the shock, it is now time to move on and look ahead to what new director Peyton Reed has in store. I understand it is very difficult to get as excited about this film without Wright involved, but we must move forward.
JoBlo have released some big details this week on a number of upcoming blockbusters, and one of them was Ant-Man, and what they reveal is a more in-depth and lengthier synopsis to the one Marvel released a few weeks ago.
Here is the official synopsis:
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
JoBlo expand on this with a bigger synopsis, revealed by a trusted insider:
Story begins with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) being a thief and single dad who has fallen on hard times and one day breaks into Hank Pym’s apartment and steals the Ant-Man suit. The main villain’s name is Darren Cross who, in the comics, runs Cross Technological Enterprises, a competitor company for Stark Industries and Oscorp. His cousin is the villain known as Crossfire. It’s unknown if this role will be played by Patrick Wilson or Corey Stoll. He will have a suit with a similar feel to Ant-man’s but more miltary style, yellow and black in color, and with a tendril-looking apparatus coming off it’s back (like with Agent Venom). It’s to note that in the comics Cross looks more like a pink Hulk, so there may well be some merging of attributes from other characters for this role or multiple villains at that (Yellowjacket, perhaps?).
It is worth noting here that one of the big issues Marvel had with Wright and Joe Cornish’s script was the fact Scott Lang was a thief, and they wanted to remove that side of the character because it did not make him a worthy hero for Marvel’s target audience, yet in the new synopsis, that angle appears to have stayed.
Moving on, and some further information was revealed regarding Ant-Man’s suit:
The ANT-MAN suit will be much more elaborate than we’ve seen so far with the helmet being able to open and close much like Iron Man and an assortment of red lights all over the suit, again in “TRON” fashion. The helmet eyes will also glow red when closed. It’s said to be a much more complex and futuristic suit than we’ve seen so far.
Ants (the actual insect) are the main ally and superpower for ANT-MAN in the film. Lang will speak to the ants via his helmt, just as in the comics, which is said to be a special element to the overall story.
Paul Rudd stars as the titular Marvel superhero, alongside Michael Douglas, who will play Dr. Hank Pym, and Evangeline Lilly. Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson round out the cast.
Ant-Man is still scheduled to be released in cinemas July 17th 2015.