Michael Douglas is Henry Pym! What great casting for Edgar Wright's Ant-Man, bringing another awesome actor into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What will Pym's role be? Since Rudd is playing Ant-Man II, Scott Lang (which I have been saying for a long time) he'll likely be an ex-Ant-Man from whom Lang steals his equipment. Will we see flashbacks to a Silver Age style Ant-Man? I know Wright played with the idea years ago when first developing the script, but I don't know if that has survived to the latest drafts.
Whatever the case, Douglas is awesome casting, and I hope he gets to play a Henry Pym with some regret. His character history - complicated, occasionally dark - is acknowledged by Kevin Feige in an official statement:
“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”
Pym's a weird character who would never get his own movie because his defining storyline features him beating his wife. Over the years many attempts have been made to fix the character, but the domestic violence story (which writer Jim Shooter says was never planned and is the result of an artist taking the action too far) has become the only aspect of the character anybody knows. He's a troubled guy, having built the genocidal robot Ultron (not in the movies, though) and suffered multiple mental breakdowns and having gone through multiple personality problems. He may have died along the way once or twice. I know he got turned into a caveman.
I love the casting in these Marvel movies, and I hope we get a scene of Michael Douglas riding an ant. That's all I want in the world.
Worth noting: the original Variety headline had Douglas as 'the villain.' The reporter clarified it was a mistake, but I guess we'll see. Making Pym the bad guy wouldn't be much of a stretch.