Ant-Man Villain Revealed!
The upcoming "Ant-Man" film has been notoriously plagued with production problems, but that seems to be a thing of the past now that Peyton Reed is set to direct and Adam McKay has signed on to write the script. Now, we can relax and get on with the spoilers, of which we have plenty to go around.
First, here is the official synopsis: "Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world."
And here is an extended synopsis from Joblo, which reveals the main villain of the film to be Darren Cross, who runs a company that is a competitor to Oscorp (Spider-Man) and Stark Industries (Iron Man):
"Story begins with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) being a thief and single dad who has fallen on hard times and one day breaks into Hank Pym's apartment and steals the Ant-Man suit. The main villain's name is Darren Cross who, in the comics, runs Cross Technological Enterprises, a competitor company for Stark Industries and Oscorp. His cousin is the villain known as Crossfire.... He will have a suit with a similar feel to Ant-man's but more military style, yellow and black in color, and with a tendril-looking apparatus coming off it's back (like with Agent Venom). It's to note that in the comics Cross looks more like a pink Hulk, so there may well be some merging of attributes from other characters for this role or multiple villains at that (Yellowjacket, perhaps?)."
I, for one, would love to see Ant-Man battle a pink Hulk.
This synopsis is interesting in light of the rumored reasons for Edgar Wright's departure. It is consistent with the studio's purported objection to the lack of tie-ins to other films and characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but now they are including direct allusions to Iron Man and Spider-Man, at the very least. However, the internet rumor mill ran overtime claiming that the studio also had an issue with the central character's "morality," or the fact that he is a thief. According to this synopsis, that detail has remained unchanged, which indicates that the rumor was either false or only partially true. It's possible that the studio will allow for Ant-Man to be a thief on paper, but that Wright's depiction of his criminal activity was more irreverent, and therefore less acceptable, than the current treatment. He can be a thief and still give a general appearance of a traditional hero, rather than the antihero that Wright seemed to have in mind.
For fans of the comics, Cross implants cybernetic body parts into his own body after surviving an assassination attempt and becomes Crossfire, a high-tech villain who tries to make the superhero community kill each other using mind control.
"Ant-Man" will star Paul Rudd as the titular character, Michael Douglas, "Lost"'s Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll (who is rumored to be playing Darren Cross). It is set to be released on July 17, 2015.