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Marvel fans online were on the brink of exploding over the sudden news that Michael Douglas would be Hank Pym in Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man. Not only did it confirm that Paul Rudd will be playing Scott Lang, the second incarnation of the superhero, but that Marvel’s finally stepping it up with snagging monstrous actors to their projects. But how did they manage to lure in Michael Douglas?

Apparently it didn’t take much convincing on Marvel’s part since Michael Douglas was already quite keen on the idea of joining a Marvel movie. It is one of the most successful franchises out there right now, so why wouldn’t he want to join in on this particular superhero bandwagon? This is what he had to say on his ultimate decision:

“I’ve been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long. The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan (the actor’s 13-year-old son) will love it. He’ll have a picture he can see.”

And he continues on talking about another reason he went for this role:

“Sometimes – like (when) they didn’t see you for Liberace - you’ve got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun.”

That’s a really sweet thing to do on Douglas’s part, but I doubt filming this for his 13-year-old son is the main reason he went ahead and signed onto Ant-Man. The Edgar Wright project has been simmering in development for years, and to suddenly see them leap ahead past most of Hank Pym’s origin story and switch the reigns over to Scott Lang (Rudd) is interesting, but it’s a wise choice. There is the whole topic of Hank Pym/The Wasp and the abuse that she encountered thanks to him that they would have had to explain, and I highly doubt that Marvel Studios wanted to go down that road. Either way, bring on Ant-Man! It’s time we see this movie move into production.

What do you think about the casting choice of Hank Pym?

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