DAN OF GEEK – Marvel’s Ant-Man movie may get a boost from Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter and Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark.
Might we get some more of the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the Ant-Man movie? It sounds that way. Reliable reports indicate that Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, and Toby Jones may show up as Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, and Arnim Zola, respectively.
Now, there is a bit of a problem with this story, but The Tracking Board is usually on the money with stuff like this. For starters, they report this info comes from an Edgar Wright-penned draft of the Ant-Man script, written before he left the project. That’s not impossible, but all signs point to Wright’s eventual departure stemming from his wanting to avoid exactly this kind of Marvel franchise cross-pollination. Our buddies in the UK wrote an excellent piece detailing the progression of Wright’s involvement in the project (which you can read here), and the one recurring theme is Wright’s insistence that he didn’t want to “get into the whole Marvel history.”
We suppose it’s possible that there are some crossed wires here, and that this is coming from material added post-Wright…or perhaps these are from the surprise studio re-write that reportedly drove him off the project once and for all. On the other hand, by all accounts the Ant-Man movie sounds like it has a bit of a “legacy character” feel to it, with Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym considerably older than Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, and it’s been said that we’d get some Hank Pym Ant-Man action flashbacks in the sixties at some point in the film. With that in mind, the presence of characters like Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter or Marvel Cinematic Universe techno-godfather Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) would make perfect sense.
Not to mention the fact that Marvel have that the Agent Carter TV series on the horizon, and which will begin filming while Ant-Man is already well into production. Since Agent Carter boasts big-screen Marvel veteran directors like Joe Johnston and the Russo Brothers (and Marvel One-Shot director Louis D’Esposito) for four of its first eight episodes this may have a bit more of a cinematic feel than its counterpart, Agents of SHIELD. It probably wouldn’t take all that much for these three to film a few scenes for Ant-Man.
HITFIX - Hayley Atwell is in the throes of a punishing workout schedule.
“I got ten weeks in which to kind of transform my body into a machine so that I can, if anything, deal with the just sheer stamina of what it’s gonna be like to film the series,” said the “Agent Carter” star while promoting the upcoming Marvel spinoff at San Diego Comic-Con. “And we start at the end of September, so I’ve just got enough time to transform. We’ll see how it goes!”
One interesting aspect that sets the upcoming show apart from its Marvel predecessors is its period setting – a post WWII world in which women are “sidelined” once again as American men return from overseas.
“It’s 1946. She’s lost Steve [Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America], but she’s back working with a group of men who don’t really see her full potential, and she’s seen as this kind of the girlfriend of Steve Rogers,” said Atwell of the show’s sexual politics. “And so she’s having to fight for her corner within the workspace.”
Hayley arrived at this years San Diego Comic-Con on Friday for the Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. & Marvel’s Agent Carter Panel & Press Line, 6 HQ photos from the press line have been added to the gallery. She also attended the Entertainment Weekly’s Annual Comic-Con Celebration on Saturday, 3 HQ’s from that have been added, along with a couple of EW portraits! Thanks to Marica for some of these, enjoy! :)
DIGITAL SPY – Hayley Atwell will appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The actress has revealed that she will reprise her role as Peggy Carter in Joss Whedon’s Marvel Studios sequel.
“We went out drinking one night and he was like, ‘You know, it would be great to write something for you’,” Atwell told Entertainment Weekly.
“And I was like, ‘Yes, Joss, it would! It would be amazing!’”
Whedon had originally intended for Captain America (Chris Evans) to visit an elderly Carter in 2012′s Avengers. The scene eventually arrived in this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Atwell made her first appearance for Marvel in Captain America: The First Avenger and will star in the upcoming Agent Carter television show.
Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson will also star in the upcoming Avengers film.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will arrive in UK cinemas on April 24, 2015 and in the US on May 1.
COMIC CON – Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s head of television) returns with exciting news and fun surprises for fans! Join Jeph and the casts of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter in this can’t-miss panel that will take you behind the scenes and into the future of Marvel’s live-action television series.
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm – 4:00pm