Last year’s offerings of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy show that there’s no stopping the superhero juggernaut and, after years of development limbo, the final film of Phase 2 of the MCU is being readied for the big screen.
Work on Ant-Man started as far back as 2006 with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish backed to bring the comic story to life with pre-production starting in late 2013, after Wright had wrapped on The World’s End.
However, in May 2014 Wright left the project blaming ‘creative differences’ and was replaced with Yes Man (2008) and The Break-Up (2006) director Peyton Reed.
As with most first-glimpse superhero films we get a bit of an origins story showing criminal Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) getting into a bit of bother with the law before being offered a shot at redemption by Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).
Pym is the original Ant-Man who convinces Lang to take over the size-morphing suit and take on his former protégé-turned-bad Yellowjacket, played by House of Card‘s Corey Stoll.
As well as Rudd and Douglas, Ant-Man stars Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Yellowjacket, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter and John Slattery returns as Howard Stark.
Marvel also shared with us the first official release poster for Ant-Man, which is scheduled for release on 17th July, 2015.