If you’re a Marvel fan, you’re probably still reeling over the news of Robert Downey Jr. boarding CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 to herald the famed CIVIL WAR storyline. And while focus now turns towards speculation, conjecture and casting rumors for Dr. Strange, the rumor mill has been turning at a neck-snapping pace. While most of the “rumors” STARLOG encounters often turn out to be hoaxes (at best), a recent email from an anonymous party offered an interesting and surprisingly concise rumor which we believe is at least worth addressing.In more than one way, Peyton Reed’s ANT-MAN has been the elephant in Marvel’s room, following the loss of Edgar Wright as director and the mysterious nature of the character’s relevance to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, following this week’s Civil War announcement, STARLOG received a very interesting email from someone claiming to be close to the production of ANT-MAN who might be able to shed some light on how the character will factor into the bigger picture.
Granted, this information should be taken with a boulder of salt, so until we see it unfold on the big screen, consider this to be rumor and rumor alone. However, if these rumors do hold merit, consider yourself warned for spoilers of ANT-MAN and possibly CAPTAIN AMERICA 3.
According to this anonymous party, ANT-MAN will take place alongside the events of AGE OF ULTRON, the fall-out of which will spur on the Superhuman Registration Act. While ANT-MAN is largely self-contained in nature, the references of the MCU will come from Pym’s past as a scientist for S.H.I.E.L.D. in the ’60s, having worked alongside Howard Stark, Arnim Zola and Alexander Pierce. However, in this flashback sequence, Pym will supposedly also have a run-in with a young military hot-head by the name of Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, who Marvel fans have last seen in THE INCREDIBLE HULK as played by William Hurt.
The party goes on to say S.H.I.E.L.D.’s downfall in THE WINTER SOLDIER forced Pym into the private sector, which makes him vulnerable and essentially serves as catalyst for the events that follow in ANT-MAN. And according to the party, a shooting draft of ANT-MAN’s post-credit stinger shows the older Ross re-appearing to Pym, claiming he’d been sent by Tony Stark. When asked why, Ross allegedly responds, “Haven’t you seen the news? We’re at war.”
The party also claims Ross will play a supporting role in CAPTAIN AMERICA 3, begrudgingly helping Tony Stark enforce the Superhero Registration Act and giving him military aid as Stark’s hesitant to use his own technology post-ULTRON. The party claims that rumors of Black Widow’s limited involvement in CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 is also true, as her character will be arrested for aiding fugitive superhumans in a power play by Stark (which will give actress Scarlett Johansson a break from the MCU to focus on her family), though the source says a potential Black Widow jailbreak in a future Marvel film may help bring Scott Lang’s Ant-Man into the AVENGERS fold.
Call it what you may, but time will tell whether or not any of these rumors prove to be true, although secrets in the Marvel Cinematic Universe rarely stay that way for long. Just ask The Mandarin, Howard the Duck and Nick Fury. In any case, we’ll have a clearer image of the cold, hard truth in just a few months: THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON hits theaters on May 1st, 2015, followed by ANT-MAN on July 17, 2015.