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I know what some of you are thinking: Why is it news that Marvel superhero Ant-Man is Hank Pym? That’s common comic book knowledge, right?
Here’s where the confusion comes in: When SDCC revealed that the second Avengers movie will be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron, many fans were perplexed. In the Marvel Comics universe, Ultron was created by Hank Pym–but in the Marvel Cinematic universe, Avengers: Age of Ultron chronologically precedes Ant-Man, which will introduce Hank Pym.
Is Marvel Studios putting the cart before the horse, then?
Avengers: Age of Ultron director and Nerd Demiurge Joss Whedon explained that the sequel will rewrite the canon origin of Ultron–Pym will no longer be his creator, and while the new origin has yet to be revealed, the smart money seems to be on Tony Stark as Ultron’s alternate maker.
Soon after, Edgar Wright revealed to io9 that Ant-Man will indeed be Hank Pym….which is a bit more of an important revelation than one might think, as multiple characters in the Marvel universe have taken on the mantle of Ant-Man, and it would conceivably be possible to do a film without Pym.
Ant-Man is due in theaters November 6, 2015–while Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled for release several months sooner on May 1, 2015.