Rumor of the Day: Could Ant-Man feature an Agent Carter tie-in?

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Aug 15, 2014, 5:40 AM EDT (Updated)

If this report proves true, Ant-Man might take us back to the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Earlier this year we got the major news that Marvel Studios will be taking us back to the early days of its cinematic universe with Agent Carter, a TV series starring Hayley Atwell in the title role, centered on the post-World War II roots of what would become S.H.I.E.L.D. Given that S.H.I.E.L.D. was the victim of decades of covert infiltration by HYDRA agents that all finally came to a head in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it would be natural to see characters from Cap's films appear in the series as both heroes and villains. But could Peggy Carter also interact with another major Marvel figure soon? Could she be sharing the screen with, of all people, Hank Pym?

Possible SPOILERS AHEAD for Ant-Man.

We tend to talk about Ant-Man as a kind of self-contained superhero curiosity, but the reality is that it's a Marvel film, and is therefore part of the same universe as every other release from that studio. According to Latino Review, Marvel wanted to emphasize that, and asked former Ant-Man director Edgar Wright to add some pre-existing Marvel Cinematic Universe characters to his script. For years, Wright was teasing the possibility of flashback scenes featuring Hank Pym as a young superhero operating decades before the film's main story, and apparently some of his early Ant-Man drafts do feature a younger Pym meeting up with Carter, Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) and a younger version of Alexander Pierce, the S.H.I.E.L.D. leader (and, it turned out, HYDRA operative) played by Robert Redford in Winter Soldier.

Now, as Latino Review's El Mayimbe notes, the Ant-Man script has undergone some changes this year, including a new rewrite by Anchorman director Adam McKay, so it's always possible that particular flashback is no longer a part of the film. Given that Agent Carter is now set to premeire on ABC early next year, though, there's a good chance Carter and company will cross over to the big screen. For now, we can only hope.

Ant-Man hits theaters July 17, 2015. Agent Carter premieres in January 2015.

(Via Latino Review)