There really hasn’t been much said about the beleaguered ‘Ant-Man’ building upon the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, Ant-Man– both of ’em– have been members of the Avengers. The original Ant-Man, Hank Pym’s wife The Wasp was an even bigger part of Avengers history. Pym originally created Ultron and subsequently, indirectly The Vision, both of which will not be part of the movie continuity. But it appears that there were plans in place to tie-in the film into the existing MCU.
If you’ve been following the roller coaster that has been this film’s journey, you know that the plan was– and most likely still is– to showcase both comic book Ant-Men, the original Hank Pym and his successor Scott Lang, who started out as a reluctant thief before joining the side of the angels. Michael Douglas would play the older version, with Paul Rudd adopting Lang’s role.
The original script featured a scene in which Pym meets with established Marvel movie characters Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) and, oh and get this… a young Alexander Pierce.
Alexander Pierce was of course the surprise villain of ‘Captain America: The Winter Solder’ portrayed in the modern day by film legend Robert Redford. This character was revealed to be behind the corruption of S.H.I.E.L.D. which led to the espionage agency’s eventual downfall, as played out in the latter episodes of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
The inclusion of Agent Carter also builds upon that character’s short, which appeared on the ‘Iron Man 3’ BluRay and will further lead into the upcoming ABC miniseries ‘Agent Carter’ which is expected to depict the earliest days of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The original script was written by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish but since Wright’s departure, the screenplay has been reworked by Adam McKay (who passed on directing the feature) and with Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari currently doing rewrites. It’s possible these cameos could still happen… it’s also possible they won’t.
Are you interested in revisiting the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D.? How would you like ‘Ant-Man’ tie into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Source: Latino Review