Iron Man 3 Rumor: Radioactive Man Has Been Cast but to be Set Up as Ant-Man Movie Villain Instead
Saturday, September 8, 2012
As if Iron Man 3 needed more villains on its roster, Marvel Studios has cast Chinese actor Xueqi Wang to play Chen Lu, who is also known as Radioactive Man in the comic book universe.
At the same time, another report says Wang will not be referred to as Radioactive Man in Iron Man 3 and he will only be called Chen Lu. This second report sets up something The Daily SuperHero has heard from our one Hollywood insider.
Our insider says there are whispers going around the rumor mill saying Chen Lu will definitely not be called Radioactive Man and he will only be called Chen Lu, in Tony Stark's next big screen adventure. Yet Iron Man 3 will serve as a platform to set him up as an Ant-Man movie villain instead.
In the comics, Radioactive Man and Ant-Man have faced off against each other. And now with a solo movie in the works by writer/director Edgar Wright, it is speculated that a villain is needed in Ant-Man. This could be a solid theory since the origin of Dr. Hank Pym should be the main focus, of his first solo movie, while also setting up his own robotic creation Ultron as a potential future villain for an Avengers sequel.
If any of this turns out to be true, there could still be a delay in seeing Radioactive Man on the big screen, since it remains to be seen if the Ant-Man movie is a part of Marvel's Phase Two or if it will come out after The Avengers 2 and be including in Phase Three.
Here, we still believe the Ant-Man movie will be the first film after The Avengers 2—with an Ant-Man post-credits scene—and the first film of Phase Three. Stay tuned.
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