Rumor: Are These the Villains of ‘Ant-Man’?

By June 20, 2014

Now that our long national nightmare of finding a new director for Ant-Man is finally over — reminder: it’s Peyton Reed, who previously brought us Bring It On, among other films, though that’s our personal favorite from his oeuvre — it’s time to get down to some other important stuff, like figuring out who exactly is going to be in this film and in what capacity.

Of course, the film is still set to star Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lilly, but we want to know who the bad guys are, right?

Thanks to JoBlo, we just might be one step closer to finding that out. Beware! Possible spoilers ahead (and we say “possible” because, yes, these are currently just rumors).


The outlet reports that the principal foe of Rudd’s Ant-Man will be Darren Cross, a traditional Ant-Man baddie ripped straight from the comics who fans of the property are probably already quite familiar with. Like Justin Hammer from the Iron Man series, Cross is the head of weapons-builder Cross Technological Enterprises (similar to both Stark Industries and Oscorp, and a direct competitor to both), a big personality who also has a big body to match. Although Cross is known for his tough bod, JoBlo reveals that Cross will actually don his own suit (similar to the Ant-Man suit that Rudd’s Scott Lang will steal in the beginning of the film) to battle our hero.

(Small tangent — just how many weapons manufacturers do they need in the Marvel universe?)

Yet Darren Cross won’t be the only villain in the film — sort of — because the outlet also reports that his cousin William Cross (who becomes the baddie Crossfire, a CIA trained agent) will also be in the film, though it’s unclear if he will turn into Crossfire in Ant-Man or if that will be saved for a later Marvel film.

When it comes to casting, Jeff Sneider over at the The Wrap reports that House of Cards and Midnight in Paris star Corey Stoll is set to play Darren Cross, with Patrick Wilson on board as William Cross (and maybe, possibly Crossfire).

Another fun tidbit from JoBlo? Ant-Man’s biggest ally in the film will be, well, ants. At least they’re sticking with tradition.

Again, these are all rumors, and considering how in flux Ant-Man has been over the past few weeks, it still seems possible that this stuff could change or simply not pan out in the long run (especially since Marvel has also recently brought on Adam McKay to work on the film’s script). Assuming this is all true, however, are you excited about seeing the Crosses on the big screen? What do you think of that possible casting?

Ant-Man is scheduled to open on July 17, 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,, 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.
  • I would have loved to see Edgar Wright’s take on this, but now that we have to settle into the reality that that will never happen, I’m very interested to see how Reed and McKay tackle this story. I really, really like all of the actors involved here, so seeing Stoll and Wilson play villains sounds like a lot of fun to me.