For those who may be confused, in the comics Pym is the original Ant-Man and a founding member of the Avengers. Producer Kevin Feige and writer/director Edgar Wright have taken adaptive liberties to change things around in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead of Pym being the featured Ant-Man, it will be Lang. This is not the only change Marvel is making with Pym from the comics to film. In the comics Pym is the creator or the villain Ultron, but since the robotic villain is being introduced in the Avengers: Age of Ultron, the movie version of Pym will be different.
However, Lang's story may follow a similar path as in the comics. Feige has already confirmed Ant-Man will be a "heist movie"—a month or so ago—and in the comics Lang steals Pym's suit and uses it for robberies and crime. This is all starting to sound like how the big screen version of Ant-Man will be. Perhaps some kind of redemption story for Lang and a "passing of the torch" from the older Pym to the younger Lang as Ant-Man. This is speculation by me, but the puzzle pieces are starting to come together.
Here's the full press release over on Marvel.com announcing the Douglas casting:
Michael Douglas has stepped into some of the biggest—or should that be tiniest?—shoes of his career.
The two-time Academy Award-winning actor will join director Edgar Wright and Paul Rudd in Marvel's "Ant-Man," hitting theaters July 31, 2015.
"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."
The legendary actor, who earned an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role for his iconic portrayal of Gordon Gecko in "Wall Street," has also starred in numerous modern classics including "Basic Instinct," "Fatal Attraction," "The Game," "Wonder Boys," "Traffic" and many more. In addition to acting, Douglas has also served as Producer and Executive Producer on a number of films including "Romancing the Stone," John Carpenter's "Starman" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," for which he also won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Most recently, Douglas earned a Golden Globe and his first Primetime Emmy Award for his role as legendary entertainer Liberace in the HBO original film "Behind the Candelabra."
Douglas will star as Hank Pym, who first appeared in TALES TO ASTONISH #27 (Jan. 1962), with Rudd starring as Scott Lang in the film.
Ant-Man releases in theaters on July 31, 2015.