This weekend’s big reveal that the Avengers sequel would be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron immediately got comics geeks wondering what that meant for Ant-Man. In the books, Ultron is created by Hank Pym a.k.a. Ant-Man — but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man isn’t due out until after Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters.
Whedon clarified soon afterward that they’d be “doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron,” which would not involve Hank Pym. But don’t worry, Wright has asserted that he’ll still crop up when Ant-Man hits later that same year. Hit the jump to get the latest info.
io9 was able to confirm in an interview with Wright that we’d get to meet Hank Pym in Ant-Man. That’s not really a shocker, since I think most people figured as much.
But since multiple characters have taken on the Ant-Man persona at various points in the comics, it’d theoretically be possible to make an Ant-Man without Pym. This should put to rest any speculation in that direction.
If I’m being really nitpicky, this still doesn’t mean Pym won’t cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron, just that he won’t be the guy to make Ultron. The most prevalent assumption right now is that that task will fall instead to Tony Stark. But it does sound like Pym’s real introduction will be in Ant-Man, which we’ve previously heard would feature both him and his successor in the role, Scott Lang.
Wright’s Ant-Man has been developing for several years now, but has lately been picking up steam. Wright told press earlier this month that he and Joe Cornish put the finishing touches on the script, including the tweaks needed to fit it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Casting is expected to get underway this year. Ant-Man is scheduled to open November 6, 2015. Avengers: Age of Ultron lands a few months earlier, on May 1, 2015.