Marvel Confirms Paul Rudd As Ant-Man, But What’s Missing In Their Announcement?

By December 20, 2013
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Ant-Man

Just one day after the news broke that Paul Rudd was in negotiations to star in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, Marvel has gone ahead and confirmed the news (that’s one way to steal some reporting thunder, we guess?). The entertainment giant took to their website to share the happy casting information, but there’s something quite clearly missing from their official statement.

Can you see what it is?

The official statement from Marvel.com reads:

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” has found its hero in Paul Rudd, who will star in the new film from director Edgar Wright hitting theaters July 31, 2015!

The casting of Rudd represents the actor that Marvel and Wright had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man, continuing the studio’s desire to cast actors that bring several dimensions to its onscreen heroes.  The film’s plot is being kept under wraps.

“When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige. “We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy. We couldn’t be more excited for our audiences to see what he’s going to do to bring Ant-Man to life.”

Rudd brings a diverse background to the role having become one of the industry’s most known actors with a reputation for smart, funny and creative performances.  Rudd can currently be seen in “Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues,” as well as past roles in “Anchorman,” “This Is 40,” “I Love You, Man,” “Role Models,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Our Idiot Brother,” “Knocked Up,” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” among numerous other films, television shows and primetime animation.

In addition to “Ant-Man,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014; and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015

Paul Rudd

Yup, that confirmation, well, confirms that Rudd will be playing Ant-Man, but it says nothing about which human form he’ll be taking for the part. The “traditional” human Ant-Man is, of course, Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym, the first man to go the ant route (the scientist invented a formula that allowed him to change his size), but there have been other Ant-Men along the way. One possibility? Rudd is not playing Pym, he’s playing Scott Lang, a former thief who steals Pym’s get-up in order to help save his sick daughter (Pym, understanding Lang’s aims, lets him keep on as Ant-Man). There’s also a third Ant-Man – Eric O’Grady, who is actually kind of a jerk and doesn’t smack of “Rudd” – who could be in the mix, though we doubt it.

But no matter which Ant-Man the film centers on, here’s something that Marvel would love – all three of the Ant-Men eventually join The Avengers. Crossover!

Ant-Man will open on July 31, 2015.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.