Marvel is finally getting a move on with Phase 3, starting with the casting of Ant-Man.
Marvel is steadily gearing up for its highly anticipated “phase 3” and it looks like the studio may cast Paul Rudd as Ant Man, a lesser known superhero soon to be brought to the Marvel film universe. Ant-Man is definitely one of the less coveted roles within the Marvel-verse and the decision to bring the character into the films was originally questioned by fans, because of Ant-Man’s mostly comedic role in the comics. Rudd himself is currently promoting his most recent movie, Anchorman 2, where he stars opposite Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Christina Applegate.
Rudd's casting is yet to be confirmed by Marvel officials.
Then again, there were similar concerns before the introduction of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. Originally, the actor was selected for his similar personality to the character of Tony Stark and with Paul Rudd being known mostly for his comedic work, it seems the studio might be using the same casting method.
Could Rudd's casting become another runaway success like Downey's?
Variety, who first reported the news, also claim that Joseph Gordon Levitt may have been considered for the role as well. While Rudd is rumored to play Ant Man and his alter ego – a brilliant scientist named Scott Pym – Levitt may be brought in to portray Scott Lang, a crook who steals Pym’s technology and becomes the new Ant-Man. At least that was the rumor, when Edgar Wright was brought in to direct and co-write the script with Joe Cornish. The option seems unlikely at this point. The film will be produced by Kevin Feige himself and is already billed for a 2015 release.
No news yet of JGL's rumored involvement.