Marvel’s Kevin Feige came on stage at the San Diego Comic Con this evening and started right off the bat with the decree that today’s panel was all about its two 2015 titles – “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man”.
Things got underway with “Ant-Man” first, the film’s new director Peyton Reed was introduced to muted applause. He did win some of the tougher crowed over though with a poster for his band he drew in 1988 in which the members were a parody of the first issue of “Avengers” and he was Ant-Man.
Amongst the details garnered – Corey Stoll is confirmed to be playing Darren Cross, while Evangeline Lilly will play Hank Pym’s daughter Hope Van Dyne. In the comics, Hank Pym’s wife Janet van Dyne becomes Avengers hero The Wasp, could Lilly be on that path instead in the MCU? They’re not saying.
Michael Douglas was on the panel and confirmed that the story deals with a heist and that his character Hank Pym is mentoring Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang to take over as Ant-Man after Pym’s business partner Darren Cross takes the company in a “different direction” of which he doesn’t approve.
Feige confirms Stoll will become the villain Yellowjacket in the film. It wasn’t stated, though it seems likely his is the role that Patrick Wilson had been attached to. Filming begins on August 18th in Atlanta, from the sounds of it the script isn’t quite finished yet, but they did have some footage to share. Here’s a breakdown, courtesy of io9:
“There are two components to this pretty zany footage: a scene in Hank Pym’s lab, where the camera just pans across the space, showing off all of the weird scientific equipment and bubbling beakers and creepy anthills, before finishing up at an Ant-Man helmet. During this, Michael Douglas is convincing Scott Lang to do something. Lang protests that Hank seems nice but “I’m not a superhero.” That means he’s not an egomaniac, and he’s not an “undisciplined moron causing more destruciton than he stops,” Pym retorts. Superheroes are a “ridiculous concept. You’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do.” “Someone already stole your balls,” Pym taunts Lang. “It’s just a small job, he adds.
Cut to a tiny Scott Lang in the Ant-Man suit, running away after completing the “small job” – his Ant-Man helmet is on the fritz, and he keeps losing his connection to Hank Pym, who’s barking instructions. He’s supposed to use the helmet to control “the transport” – which turns out to be a small flying ant. He tries to convince the flying ant to help him out, but the ant isn’t listening. And then some flying lights show up, chasing him – so Scott has no choice but to jump off the building onto the flying ant, which he doesn’t have a very stable grip on. He’s trying to reach a rendezvous with Hank, but first he has to survive.