MCU Speculation: Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen!

Today, we’re going to talk about Ant-Man. I know what you’re probably thinking; there are already numerous other posts discussing the new Ant-Man trailer, the good and the bad, and providing insights about the film that can be extracted from the two-minute trailer. While there are a few bits from the trailer that I enjoyed (mostly the actual Ant-Man action bits), this post will not be discussing the trailer. Instead, I’m going to cover an idea that has been rattling in my head since the casting of Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. The discussion will be about Ant-Man, but how it relates to Avengers: Age of Ultron.

After the release (or, if you prefer, the leak) of the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, people began throwing out their speculations about what the origins of Ultron might be and if it would be related to the comics at all. Some of the theories I have heard believe that Tony Stark and Bruce Banner will work together to create Ultron. If this is the case, that would mean that 30-minutes into the film the Ultron program they created will either begin to malfunction or will be tampered with causing it to become the Ultron we have seen in the trailers. I’m not entirely sold on this theory because it loses the connectivity between the various MCU films, and the comics to some extent, by not including Ant-Man, or Hank Pym, into Ultron’s origin. This connectivity is the very characteristic that the Avengers franchise was founded on. Finding some way to tie-in the Ant-Man film, even if it releases after Age of Ultron, would be a cool way to keep that connectivity and give the second Avengers film an additional relation to the comics. Iron Man 3 had a small connection to the first Avengers even if its connection to the comics was nearly non-existent. My theory allows the Ant-Man film to have a connection to the rest of the MCU even if it is in a rather small capacity.

I theorize that Tony Stark and Bruce Banner will not be the ones to father the villain for the second Avengers film in the MCU, but instead are working off of research that had been started by a younger Hank Pym. This idea emerged, as mentioned earlier, when it was announced that Michael Douglas was cast to play Hank Pym. As far as I had understood, Hank Pym was the only person to have been the Ant-Man and was typically a younger guy. So Marvel hiring someone in their late sixties or so confused me a bit. My theory speculates that Hank Pym created Ultron as a younger man, but due to unforeseen circumstances either his research was left incomplete or he had to shut the program down. This could have led to S.H.I.E.L.D. confiscating the program and keeping it in storage until a time when it could be completed – safely. Jump to the present and S.H.I.E.L.D. is in pieces, and Nick Fury and the Avengers have to collect anything and everything they can to restore what has been lost. Thus someone rediscovers an old program in the S.H.I.E.L.D. database that could help them stop HYDRA. Cut to the start of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Just to make sure that it has been stated, this is my own personal theory filled with wild speculation, hopes and wants. I would be cool if Ant-Man and Douglas’ Hank Pym did have some connection to the Ultron we’ll see on the silver screen. However, even if that doesn’t happen, my whole experience watching the film won’t be ruined. I have faith in the creative genius of director Joss Whedon and expect Avengers: Age of Ultron to be amazing despite this tiny detail not being included. My only other concern is if Don Cheadle will finally get to don a non-prototype War Machine suit. That would awesome.

What are some of theories you have concocted about the upcoming Ant-Man film? Avengers: Age of Ultron? Join the discussion below.

Marvel Cinematic Universe; the collection of films produced by Marvel Studios that may precede, tie into, or lead up to the release of an Avenger’s film; as of 2015 this includes the Iron Man, Thor and Captain America film franchises, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and even The Incredible Hulk; this excludes the routinely, miserably produced Spider-Man film franchises by Sony, and the film franchise riddled with narrative inconsistency based on Marvel Comics’ X-Men produced by Fox.

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