When you go to see a Marvel Studios movie, there’s one thing you can be sure of: it will connect with other movies in the series, whether it’s through a huge team-up (The Avengers) or a MacGuffin (Guardians of the Galaxy). Ant-Man will be no exception. However, despite learning a lot about the film at San Diego Comic-Con, we still don’t know how the film will connect to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well, if this latest rumor is correct, we may get our connections through a blast from the past.
Before Edgar Wright left the film, Marvel had asked him to make changes to his script, including adding several established marvel characters. According to Latino Review, one of these early draft rewrites featured a younger Hank Pym meeting at S.H.I.E.L.D. with Howard Stark, Peggy Carter, Arnim Zola and a young Alexander Pierce. You remember him, right? The guy Robert Redford played in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He was a dastardly piece of work.
Keep in mind that this s just a rumor, and if it is indeed from an earlier script, it’s possible this scene has been taken out. However, this certainly would be a good connector between Hank Pym and S.H.I.E.L.D. From what we’ve heard, Pym develops his shrinking technology in the late 1960s, so it’s certainly doable to have these characters drop by. In fact, if memory serves, this is only a couple years before Arnim Zola gets his terminal illness diagnosis and the 1974 Stark Expo (maybe John Slattery will return to play Stark?). I wouldn’t be surprised if Pierce has already been recruited into Hydra as well. Plus, as Latino Review also commented, the old guard appearing would be a good tie-in with Agent Carter.
That being said, I hope that Ant-Man is more like Guardians of the Galaxy with its relationship to the MCU. Sure, the fans will catch the references here and there, but otherwise, it’s a more or less “standalone” tale that all types of viewers can enjoy. Include S.H.I.E.L.D. for a little bit, but remember that we need to focus on the guy who can shrink and pull of heists. That’s what people are coming for…well, considering it’s Ant-Man, the non-comic book fans are probably just seeing it because it has Marvel plastered all over/it has Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas in it. Hey, whatever gets them into those seats.
SOURCE: Latino Review