Ant-Man and The Wasp star Michael Douglas says he wants to play the younger version of Hank Pym in an Ant-Man prequel. The son of screen legend Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, is of course a screen icon in his own right. Douglas’s breakthrough role came opposite Karl Malden in the classic 1970s detective series The Streets of San Francisco, before transitioning to feature films with roles in such acclaimed projects as Coma and The China Syndrome in the late ’70s. The actor hit his stride in the ’80s with starring roles in such hits as Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, Fatal Attraction and Wall Street – where his role as ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko earned him his first acting Oscar.
Douglas continued his big screen dominance well into the ’90s, with prime roles in such thrillers as Basic Instinct in 1992 and Falling Down in 1993, and inadvertently, he continued to amass a collection of film imagery of his younger self that could come in quite handy some day if Marvel Studios decides to take a different direction with his character of the original Ant-Man, Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym.
In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant promoting Ant-Man and The Wasp, Douglas, 73, says he’d be interested in playing a younger version of Hank Pym for an Ant-Man prequel should the opportunity present itself.
Screen Rant: Where would you like to see Hank go next?
Michael Douglas: Um, well, since we’re on this thing, I’d like to see him, if there’s magic, we do movie magic in terms of flashbacks. How about getting Hank back to his prime age as the Original Ant-Man and kick some serious ass?
Screen Rant: I was just going to ask you that!
Michael Douglas: I’m ready. I’m geared. I need a good stunt double. You know, I’ll find him, but now you can make me look 40 years younger let’s do the whole job!
Marvel Studios, of course, first put put de-aging technology with Douglas into play during a flashback scene in the first Ant-Man movie, where he appears in a scene with an aging Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), among others. Not only was that scene highly effective, Marvel took the technology to a whole other level later with a jaw-dropping de-aging scene featuring a young version of Kurt Russell’s Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. That’s in addition to the quick bit of de-aging magic applied to Robert Downey Jr. for a VR scene in Captain America: Civil War.
The big challenge for Marvel though, when it comes to Douglas starring in an Ant-Man prequel,would be building an entire film around a de-aged actor. The process would no doubt be both time-consuming and very expensive. However, given Hank Pym’s storied history in the comics before Scott Lang emerged as the new Ant-Man, fans would no doubt love a prequel with Douglas as the young scientist, possibly along with a de-aged Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife Janet van Dyne – aka the original Wasp – to boot.
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