Ant-Man director is up for a Hank Pym-centric prequel

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Jul 1, 2015

While the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, plays a large role in Marvel's new Ant-Man movie, the film's director thinks that there is lot more of Pym to be mined for a prequel.

He's right, of course: while director Peyton Reed's movie focuses on how Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) becomes Ant-Man under the tutelage of Dr. Pym (Michael Douglas), Pym himself has a vast history that goes back to the very beginnings of the Avengers in the comic books. While the new film changes that history to some degree, there's still a lot there to explore.

Reed seems to concur. Asked by ComicBook.com (via Cinemablend) about the chances of doing an Ant-Man sequel or prequel, the director was enthusiastic about the possibility:

Listen, if we were lucky enough to be able to do a sequel or even a prequel, I'd be way into it. I've really fallen in love with these characters. I was always in love with the characters in the comic book world but there's a lot of story to tell with Hank Pym.

Right now, of course, another Ant-Man movie is purely theoretical: it will all depend on how this first one does. Like Guardians of the Galaxy, it's introducing a character who is largely unfamiliar to the general public, even if Pym is a cornerstone character in the comics. But if Ant-Man is a full-on success, perhaps a prequel starring Pym and his wife, Janet Van Dyne, during their early days -- when both suited up for covert government operations -- might become real. 

Would you like to see a movie built around the past adventures (and troubles) of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne? Should Marvel do more with one of their most famous couples?