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Rumor: Is Paul Rudd Playing Scott Lang in Marvel’s ANT-MAN?

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by on January 6, 2014

Since Paul Rudd was confirmed by Marvel to be playing Ant-Man in Edgar Wright’s forthcoming Phase III film of the same name, fans have been speculating up a storm over whether Rudd would be playing Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man and vicious domestic abuser, or Scott Lang, the reformed thief who was the second man to don the iconic costume. Well, Wright threw a kerosene-soaked piece of kindling on the rumor fire this week when he posted a screencap of Ant-Man from Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The super sleuths over at Coming Soon were able to deduce that it was from the episode “To Steal an Ant-Man,” which revolves around Scott Lang pilfering the Ant-Man gear from Hank Pym and using it to commit crimes.

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Lending further credence to the theory is that fact that back in 2006, in an interview with Superhero Hype, Wright said his idea for Ant-Man “is to have a film that basically is about Henry Pym and Scott Lang, so you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60′s, in sort of Tales to Astonish mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him.” Considering Kevin Feige, in an interview with IGN, confirmed that Ant-Man will be “a heist movie,” and Marvel remained mum on Ant-Man’s identity in its official confirmation, it’s looking increasingly likely that Rudd will be stepping into Scott Lang’s thieving shoes.

Ant-Man is set to be released by Walt Disney Pictures on July 31, 2015.

What do you think? Which version of Ant-Man would your prefer to see Paul Rudd play? Let us know in the comments below!

HT: Coming Soon