January 6, 2015 by Paul Curtin
Debuting on TV during Agent Carter‘s premiere, Marvel has finally revealed what the end of their Phase 2 plan will look like with Ant-Man. Starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a criminal who encounters scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and is given a second chance to become a hero by Pym in the form of super small shrunken-down powers, Ant-Man is Marvel’s biggest risk yet.
With Marvel fresh off the success of summer’s biggest hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, they’ve already proven that they can take just about any comic source material and make it amazing… but could this be Marvel’s first misstep? Things haven’t been sounding too promising with Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World / Shaun of the Dead) dropping out of directing the film and now Marvel releasing a sightly underwhelming trailer that has left many reacting the same as Rudd’s unenthusiastic character in the trailer.
Many were also skeptical of Marvel’s plans when first announcing Phase 2 would merge a talking tree and raccoon into the current Marvel movie universe, so it will be interesting to see if Marvel can win us over again this summer with another crazy concept. Ant-Man is set for release on July 17, 2015, and co-stars Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, and Judy Greer.