Marvel‘s Ant-Man has certainly been through a lot of changes since that initial announcement years ago that Edgar Wright would be bringing Marvel’s smallest hero to the big screen. Now its got a new director in Peyton Reed, and changes to the script which brought about Wright’s sudden departure. What those script changes might be is still unclear, but when three writers (Adam McKay, Andrew Barrer, and Gabrial Ferrari) were brought on board after Wright left to work out script issues during filming, one has to imagine more than just a few tweaks. The earlier draft was rumored to include some flashback scenes with the Micheal Douglas Hank Pym characters. Will that scene remain and what Marvel characters might it include?
Latino Review is reporting that:
In earlier drafts of the script, Hank Pym in the first act prologue has a meeting at S.H.I.E.L.D and meets up with Howard Stark, Peggy Carter, Armin Zola, and here is a cool one…
…a young Alexander Pierce.
OK, OK. I know, it’s the Latino Review so just grab your salt shaker and let’s follow this out. It makes a lot of sense for this type of scene to set up the character and why perhaps we haven’t seen him before.
It also gives Marvel a chance to tie in its new Agent Carter series to the big screen. That series premieres in January 2015 so we would have the first season followed up by a cameo in Ant-Man to solidify the series place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That means we’ll see Agent Peggy Carter played by Hayley Atwell and Howard Stark played by Dominic Cooper. Don’t be surprised if Stark’s new buddy Dum-Dum Dugan brought to life by Neal McDonough tags along for a cameo. Will any of the other Howling Commandos make an appearance? While I’m sure some will in the new Agent Carter series, it’s unlikely that any besides Dugan will appear in Ant-Man.
The captured scientist Armin Zola (Toby Jones) is said to be included. He would probably be brought in as a reluctant consultant to check out Hank Pym’s new technology.
He’ll probably still be human at this point. You should already know that he transfers his consciousness into a S.H.I.E.L.D. computer system sometime in the late 60’s or early 70’s from the style of computer we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
On a side note, I’m expecting to see the fully robotized and mobile Armin Zola from the comics in the next Captain America movie or a future Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. He’s too interesting a villainous character visually to be left on the shelf and Marvel has already teased the transformation with the blueprint Easter egg below. Throw in that there’s Internet chatter about MODOK (Mental/Mobile/Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing) being a villain in Captain America 3 and that Zola might be involved in MODOK’s creation and things start to get tied up into a neat comic book package.
Last but not least is Alexander Pierce who was played by Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Of course Robert Redford wouldn’t be in this Ant-man flashback. It would have to be a younger version of the character. We already know that Marvel’s casting agency has been looking for a younger Micheal Douglas look a like, we’ll have to be on the look out for a casting call for a younger Robert Redford type, that would reinforce this rumor.
That’s a pretty full flashback scene, it’s hard to imagine Marvel trying to squeeze any other characters in. One not mentioned, but that I would expect to appear would be Edwin Jarvis, Stark’s butler. We’ve heard rumors that Jarvis will play a large part in Tony Stark’s early life. That’s the hidden reason he eventually names his computer butler JARVIS (Just Another Intelligent System) which ends up being turned into the Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Paul Bettany voiced the Jarvis character in the Iron Man and the first Avengers film. Now he joins the cast in the flesh as Vision. Will he take the Agent Carter series role of Jarvis as well? That would be a fantastic way to tie it all together if the scheduling can be worked out. I imagine that it would be a recurring cameo style role for the most part, but it would give Marvel a chance to explore his background because we all know he will end up as much more than just a butler.
Have I missed anyone that you think might make an appearance in the past of Michael Douglas’ Ant-Man character? Let us know in the comments section below.
Via: Latino Review