While Avengers: Age of Ultron will be have many of Marvel’s famous characters fighting Ultron in 2015, there was one notable hero who was left off the roster: Ant-Man, specifically Hank Pym. While Ant-Man will be released two months after Avengers: AOU, Pym will not team-up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and not have any connection to the insane robot, despite the fact that he was its creator in he comics. In an interview with Empire Magazine, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed why Pym was left out of the Avengers sequel.
It was two things – a story Edgar wanted to tell that we’ll see with Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd, and now we’re 11 films in, it’s looking at the characters we’ve already introduced who already have the technology and the brains to do…certain things [Laughs].
This is indirectly referring to Tony Stark, who’s been revealed to be Ultron’s creator in Avengers: AOU. Along with his science buddy Bruce Banner, it looks like there wasn’t enough room to fit another genius in with them. Plus, the movie’s already introducing four new super powered characters (that we know of). Five might have been pushing it. Still, though it may make logical sense, for the comic community it will be weird to see Stark putting Ultron together rather than Pym.
Feige also revealed that not much of the movie had to be changed to fit the Marvel Cinematic Universe, give that Edgar Wright has been working on the film since 2006.
We changed, frankly some of the MCU to accommodate this version of Ant-Man. Knowing what we wanted to do with Edgar and with Ant-Man, going years and years back, helped to dictate what we did with the roster for Avengers the first time. It was a bit of both in terms of his idea for the Ant-Man story influencing the birth of the MCU in the early films leading up to Avengers.
This was a given. Although Marvel has these decades-spanning plans for how their movies fit together, they’ve also been good about keeping true to the visions of these writers and directors. Since Ant-Man has always been a solo film, the roster for The Avengers had to match up with what Wright and Marvel were slowly putting together. It’s also intriguing that much like Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man will help shape the modern MCU.
However, that doesn’t mean that Hank Pym and/or Scott Lang can’t appear in Avengers 3 or a future team-up movie. Internet, put together one of those online petitions. Those usually work, right?
SOURCE: Empire (via Comic Book Movie)