SDCC14: Marvel Studios Hall H Recap — Ant Man | FanboysInc

SDCC14: Marvel Studios Hall H Recap — Ant Man

By Muuka Muyumba

The evening for Marvel began with a bit of a retrospective presented by Marvel Prexy Kevin Feige who showed nostalgic footage from the last 6 years that brought us 10 movies in that time.

Feige then went on to note that Guardians of the Galaxy would be out next weekend, but then moved onto the cast and director of Ant Man. Paul Rudd is set to play Scott Lang, while Oscar winner Michael Douglas plays Hank Pym, both making their first trip to Comic-Con.

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Then the long-rumored surprises happened: Corey Stoll was announced as playing Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket who will be the featured villain. Marvel also made the rumors official and brought out Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne (Pym)/Wasp. Stoll’s character was Hank Pym’s mentee before things got sour. Lilly will play Pym’s daughter but not many details were given about their relationship.

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Finally, Marvel showed footage from the film, which seems to be somewhat incredible considering the problems the movie has had with development. The sequence starts in an empty lab as we hear the voices of Douglas’ Pym talking to Rudd’s Scott about how “superheroes are a goddamn joke” that just cause a lot of mayhem and destruction. But he needs Scott to take on the mantle of Ant-Man to handle “a small job.” The camera snakes through the lab over all this until it finds the silver Ant-Man helmet on a table.

We then cut to Lang in the Ant-Man suit in miniature form running through an alley as he tries to elude his pursuers (possibly the police). He ends up on a ledge where an unseen Pym, via radio headset, instructing Scott what to do. That’s when the cavalry shows up: a fly, which at that tiny size sounds like an incoming helicopter and dwarfs Lang. Pym tells Scott to instruct the ant what to do but Scott doesn’t yet know how to communicate with the insect.

The fly buzzes away when the pursuers’ helicopter hovers into frame. Scott must leap off the ledge, falls out of frame, and then resurfaces on the back of the fly. He makes a quip about it not being all that tough and they fly offscreen.

Then the panel ended without many other surprises. However with such a troubled development history, it is rather remarkable that Marvel already had this filmed sequence to present. Ant Man moves in full production in August in Atlanta, GA.

The movie is set for release on July 17, 2015.