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Rumor: The Villain For ‘Ant-Man’ Has Been Revealed

by Edward Davis
June 19, 2014 11:50 AM
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The drama around Marvel’s “Ant-Man” has finally settled. Edgar Wright has moved on, Peyton Reed is the new director and “Anchorman” filmmaker Adam McKay is going to pen the rewrite (though c’mon people, no one’s going to leak Wright and Joe Cornish’s draft? That’s something everyone wants to read). What’s left other than to see the film next summer? Well, more details obviously since the Internets can’t resist revealing everything about a movie. Some spoilers below obviously.

Here’s what we know about “Ant-Man” so far via the official synopsis: “Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael 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.”

Here’s an extended spoilery-synopsis from JoBlo:

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?).

If correct, this is interesting because Marvel’s apparent “moral” issues with Wright’s script were reportedly the fact that the Lang was a thief – Marvel chief’s were rumored to feel that was too unheroic for the character and requested changes (some changes were also apparently more connections to the Marvel Cinematic Universe). One has to wonder if a) those rumors are therefore incorrect, or b) if JoBlo has some old intel. It’ll be interesting to see if the final version of the film whitewashes the thief aspect of Scott Lang, but it surely does leave a strong character of redemption for the hero if they leave it in there.

Anyhow, that’s reportedly the villain of the movie if that means anything to you at all. We won't go explaining much because of spoiler-phobes, but you can read more on him here. “Ant-Man” opens on July 17, 2015.

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  • marco | June 19, 2014 3:09 PMReply

    I just hope they aren't going for comedy with this film.

  • | June 19, 2014 3:00 PMReply

    Personally, I hate the idea of Hank Pym being a supporting character in the first ever Ant-Man movie.

  • marco | June 19, 2014 3:08 PM

    Agreed. It should have been all Pym. then you can bring in Wasp etc.

  • mike | June 19, 2014 2:23 PMReply

    Crossfire looks nothing like hulk. Check his wiki.

  • Mark R. | June 19, 2014 4:16 PM

    Actually, the writer was referring to Crossfire's cousin Darren Cross, who runs Cross Technological Enterprises, and he does look like a pink Hulk somewhat. You can do a Google search under "ant man darren cross."

  • Rick | June 19, 2014 12:11 PMReply

    The morality issue seem strange considering Star-Lord is a thief (and probably the least violent offender of the whole team) and the Guardians of the Galaxy meet in prison. And many of the characters have histories of asshole behavior, the most popular of all still being mostly an asshole.

  • cameron | June 20, 2014 7:47 AM

    I guess it could be that Marvel wanted a heist movie... But then they made Guardians of the Galaxy and realised they didn't want two heist movies.

    Maybe this was just a case of good script wrong time.

    If I were marvel, I'd stick Wrights Antman on a back shelf for Ant Man 2 (like what Lucas did with many of the scenes from Raiders) and make a 1970s Ant man and Wasp movie.

  • TimParker | June 19, 2014 12:10 PMReply

    I have not read the comic books so I'm not a great source, but I have a guess as to how they could have had issues with the original script but are still keeping Lang a thief...
    Perhaps in Wright's and Cornish's script, Lang stays a thief a bit longer or at least has more trouble straying from that lifestyle. The synopsis seems to indicate that Lang starts as a thief, but that he comes to his senses or whatever and remains less morally ambiguous than perhaps in Wright's and Cornish's script.

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