One surprise that came from the story of Ant-Man was skipping past the part of Hank Pym in the suit, and starting with Scott Lang becoming the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s smallest hero. Instead, we were introduced to an Older Pym as Michael Douglas portrayed the former superhero. Douglas recently talked to HeyUGuys about what made him join the superhero genre and his experience on the film.
Marvel has been known to make actors sign long contracts, which has caused some to stay away from their universe. For Douglas though, it did not take much to convince him to join.
No! When my agent called me and sent the script over I was like, ‘Yes! Finally.’ Actually, I was a little hurt that no one had asked me before. Jack Nicholson and Danny Devito are two of my oldest friends… I looked back at the Joker and the Penguin and they told me how much fun they had playing characters that were theatrical and larger than life. So I was excited when Marvel sent me two years worth of Ant-Man comics in a leather-bound volume to research my character and get an idea of who this crazy inventor Hank Pym was. And I was really looking forward to doing a big special effects movie.
One question all MCU actors get is if they read the comics before the job, and if so if they knew anything about their character. Douglas was not in that boat, but he seemed to love this form of research.
I was not a comic book kid so it was an eye opener for me. People talk about comic books like they’re superficial but the reality for me when reading the story of Hank Pym – this brilliant scientist, warrior and businessman who lost his wife – gave me more character background than I’ve had on any picture before.
The beginning of Ant-Man features a scene where Douglas plays a young Hank Pym in the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D. They used CGI technology to make him appear younger, and the experience was something he was not familiar with.
Well, the bizarre part was when I came in to the studio to add extra lines to that sequence and they’d only half finished their work. So I saw myself with a bunch of dots on my face morphing into a younger version of me. It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. I was like, ‘Wow! Let’s go back and do Romancing the Stone again!’ I can feel a resurgence coming on… As a producer also it was fascinating to see how Peyton handles four units of shooting: principal actors, stunts, special effects with all the green screen gear and the macro unit which gave us the point of view of the ants which is spectacularly realised. Beyond this movie and into sequels going small has so much potential – it’s gonna be very interesting.
At the end of the movie, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is able to come back from the microverse, which was previously thought to be impossible. In his early days, Pym’s wife, Janet (the original Wasp), was lost in there. Unfortunately for Pym, she did not return, but it could be something played out in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
I would guess so. Since Scott was able to return from the Quantum Realm (the microverse where Janet was lost) it’s a hint that Janet could come back too.
With the older portrayal of Hank Pym, his days in the suit are most likely behind him. He has even stated that the extended use caused him health problems. For Douglas though, he would be happy to suit up.
I would love to. But if you watch until the end credits you’ll see a reveal for The Wasp – Hank Pym’s daughter. I’m sorry, spoiler alert! So somewhere between my prodigy and my daughter there’s gotta be room for Pym to return. They’re a great group to work with and producer Kevin Feige is 12 for 12 – he has a vision and each film Marvel have done is a hit.
While Douglas is not signed on to return, he did reveal that there have been talks about a future return. Hopefully this does happen and we see him in more of a leadership role.
Ant-Man will be available on Blu-Ray/DVD on December 8th.