After nearly a decade of planning—and one high-profile creative departure—Marvel’s Ant-Man movie finally goes into production today in San Francisco, with Peyton Reed at the helm, directing a script currently credited to Adam McKay, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari. Paul Rudd is playing Ant-Man (a.k.a. Scott Lang), while Michael Douglas is playing Dr. Hank Pym (whom Marvel fans know as the alter-ego of the original comic book Ant-Man, as well as Goliath, Yellowjacket, and Giant-Man), and Evangeline Lilly is playing Pym’s daughter Hope van Dyne (but not The Wasp, much to the chagrin of The Merry Marvel Marching Society). Other previously announced cast members include Corey Stoll and Abby Ryder Fortson.
And today, Marvel added some new names to the cast-list: Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, John Slattery, and the rapper T.I. Marvel did not announce the names of these actors’ characters, but Slattery has played Tony Stark’s father Howard in Marvel films before, so it’s not unreasonable to presume that at least part of Ant-Man will be dedicated to a flashback sequence, featuring a younger Hank Pym alongside Howard Stark (with Greer maybe playing Janet van Dyne, Pym’s Wasp-y wife?). One thing that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done extraordinarily well is incorporate the past into its films, rather than presuming that superheroes sprung into existence with the first Iron Man movie. That, coupled with the recent expansion into outer-space, has done a lot to give the Marvel movies the same broad palette that the comics introduced back in the 1960s.