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Michael Douglas to Star in Marvel’s Ant-Man

Michael Douglas attends the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  Michael Douglas, male ant.

Marvel announced today that Michael Douglas has signed on to star with Paul Rudd in the Edgar Wright-directed Ant-Man. He will be playing Hank Pym, which was actually the character people assumed Rudd was playing. Basically, Pym was the original Ant-Man, inventing the Ant-Man helmet and size-shifting serum. Scott Lang, whom Rudd will be playing, became Ant-Man by stealing Pym's inventions, eventually deciding to use it for good, and has been the primary Ant-Man in recent history. Back in 2006, Wright told Super Hero Hype the plan would be to prominently feature both Pym and Lang, showing Pym as Ant-Man in the sixties and then flashing-forward to Lang's journey to become the hero. The film is scheduled for a July 31, 2015 release. After reading this, do you also have Dave Matthews Band's "Ants Marching" stuck in your head? Well, you probably do now.

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