Aging is part of our human existence, but Marvel is in the business of making super humans, so maybe it doesn't have to be?
Remember back at the beginning of Ant-Man, when Michael Douglas crawled right out of the ‘80s and into a S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, looking every bit as young and vibrant as Gordon Gecko? Well, why can’t Marvel do a whole movie like that?
Going back in time seems to be Douglas’ hopes for the future of his Hank Pym character, the original Ant-Man, before he gave Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) the biggest little job in the MCU. While speaking with ScreenRant about where he’d like to see Pym go next, the Oscar-winning actor seemed ready for such a question:
“Um, well, since we're on this thing, I'd like to see him, if there's magic, we do movie magic in terms of flashbacks. How about getting Hank back to his prime age as the original Ant-Man and kick some serious ass?” said Douglas. “I'm ready. I'm geared. I need a good stunt double. You know, I'll find him, but now you can make me look 40 years younger let's do the whole job!”
Douglas may be 73 years old at this point, but those Douglasses seem to age differently, considering his father, Kirk Douglas, is 101. And since Ant-Man hit theaters, Marvel has seemingly perfected their de-aging tech with impressive results in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 by making Kurt Russell's Ego look like Snake from Escape from New York, and in Captain America: Civil War, by making Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark look like Ian from Weird Science.
So yeah, Marvel is used to making movie de-aging magic happen, so a Hank Pym story is not out of the (quantum) realm of plausibility. But to do so for an entire film would make for a lot of expensive special effects work. Granted, since we’re not the one’s pulling the purse strings, heck yeah, we’re down for Hank’s moment in the microscopic sun, what about you?
You'll be able to see Douglas aging like a fine wine when Ant-Man and The Wasp opens wide July 6.