We still don't know exactly which incarnation of Ant-Man will appear in Edgar Wright's upcoming film, but Wright himself may just have given us a big clue.
Ever since Wright's film was announced, we've been somewhat in the dark about whether the film would focus on the original Ant-Man, Henry "Hank" Pym, or the second Ant-Man, Scott Lang. Originally it seemed obvious that Pym would be the star, since he's the original hero, but the revelation that one of the biggest elements of Pym's history -- the creation of the artificial-intelligence-turned-villain Ultron -- would be worked into the Ant-Man-less Avengers: Age of Ultron led to speculation that maybe Pym wouldn't be the lead after all. Then there's the idea that both Pym and Lang could feature in the film and become Ant-Men, as it were. At the moment, the film has only one star -- Paul Rudd -- so that may not be a possibility at this point either. The point is: We don't really know who's Ant-Man yet, no matter how many assumptions we make.
We might be getting a good deal closer to knowing for sure, though, and Wright seems ready and willing to tease us with clues. Yesterday, Wright posted the following image to his website with the caption "Homework":
Some of you might already recognize that as a screencap from the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "To Steal an Ant-Man," a story that features Lang stealing Pym's Ant-Man suit so he can save his dying daughter. It's a big moment in Ant-Man comics history, and it would definitely be a big moment on the big screen. The question is: Why is Wright really showing us this?
This could be a tease indicating that Ant-Man will indeed feature two heroes: Pym as the creator of Ant-Man tech and Lang as the man who steals it to save someone he loves, eventually becoming a new incarnation of the hero. It could also mean that Lang is indeed the star and Pym is only a background character. It could, though, just mean that Wright's taking in every piece of Ant-Man storytelling he can in preparation for the film. In any case, he knew the context of the image he was showing us, which means he wanted to get us talking about Pym and Lang. He may have done that just for the fun of it, though. Edgar Wright is, after all, a funny guy.
What do you think? Can we view this as confirmation that this is a Scott Lang movie, or not?
(Via Comic Book Resources)