Michael Douglas recently sat down with Marvel, where the actor chatted about the iconic comic-book character he'll get to play in this summer’s highly anticipated superhero movie Ant-Man. The character? Well, unless everyone's been living under a rock or in a cave, you all know that it's Hank Pym.
In the new interview, the actor revealed that he originally took on the role because a little flick called Guardians of the Galaxy blew his mind. "I wanted to get into the Marvel world, you know? I want to taste the Kool-Aid," Douglas said. He also discussed the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Hank Pym, who was a scientific genius and the original Ant-Man in the Marvel Comics, as well as one of the creators of Ultron (James Spader) — a fact that was completely left out of director Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, since the character (Pym) had not yet been introduced. About Pym's storyline in the movie, Douglas said:
"He's a formal guy. He's lost control of his company. He's just in a time warp. He was always a bit of a tinkerer. He's got a lab, plus a lot of other stuff in his basement that we find out about. He's certainly bitter about what is happening with his company and deeply scared about what the future might hold."
Douglas also explained we’ll get to see a lot more personal stories in Ant-Man than we’re used to see in the other MCU films, and that the heroes of this particular superhero flick stand out from the rest of the Marvel fold (partly because you have a superhero that shrinks to an itsy-bitsy size):
"The whole ant process is relatively unique, and there are special powers, but nothing compared to some of the other Avengers. This one seems to have more personal stories, like my relationship with my daughter or Scott's relationship with his daughter.
"There’s a running line between my reconciliation with my daughter Hope and Scott and his daughter, Cassie. In both situations, the relationship has been alienated, and ultimately comes together at a time when each of them had sacrificed themselves. That’s the human note that resonates, families coming together against omnipotent adversaries."
Talking about his relationship with Paul Rudd's Scott Lang (the titular Ant-Man of the movie), Douglas also expanded on Pym’s connection and relationship with the movie’s villainous Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket, played by The Strain’s Corey Stoll:
"I think it goes back to the initial serum that I developed. There is a dark side to Hank. He has a military background. He wants to make the world a better place, but in doing so, he realizes just how dark the world is.
"He picked Darren as his protégé early on, just like he's picked Scott for this particular job. There's also a darkness that makes him understand where someone like Darren can go. Hank feels guilty for evolving and developing this and seeing how it can be used in a negative fashion."
The movie also stars Evangeline Lilly, Judy Greer, Hayley Atwell, John Slattery, Bobby Cannavale and Michael Pena. Directed by Peyton Reed, Marvel’s Ant-Man will shrink into movie theaters on July 17.