And we have our Ant-Man… Paul Rudd (yay?)

ant-man-marvelThe next stage of the Marvel Universe is taking form. After Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Incredible Hulk joined forces to make the Avengers, many fans are eager to see what is coming for Marvelites far and wide. The Guardians of the Galaxy will kick off what will become the most important shift into expanding the superhero world.

Hank Pym, a scientist who devised a special chemical that enabled him to change size, was one of the earliest of Marvel Comics’ science heroes. A founding member of the Avengers, Pym missed the cut the first time around but with Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Spaced, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World) may make him a household name.

The Ant-Man has been in development since before the first Iron Man film was released and many have thought that it would never be produced until Wright screened a teaser reel at the San Diego Comic Con. And today, the film got its star, Paul Rudd.

Via SuperHeroHype:

Marvel Studios confirmed today that renowned actor Paul Rudd has been cast to star as the title character in Marvel’s Ant-Man. The feature film is being directed by Edgar Wright. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige will produce the film with Nira Park.

The casting of Rudd represents the actor that Marvel 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.

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.

“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.”

Ant-Man is scheduled to be released by Walt Disney Pictures on July 31, 2015.

So… what could be next?

Black Panther?

Dr Strange?

Iron Fist?

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