RUMOR: How will “ANT-MAN” connect to “CAPTAIN AMERICA 3″?

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.

tihThe 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.

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A graduate of Montclair State University, Ken W. Hanley started at Fangoria as an editorial assistant in the fall of 2012 before becoming the Creative Consultant in the fall of 2013. During his time in genre journalism, Ken has appeared on Robert Kelly’s YOU KNOW WHAT DUDE? podcast, hosted screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers and played air guitar with Method Man at New York Comic Con. A former contributor to Above the Film and a former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine, Ken spends his “free time” between his day job and writing for Fangoria by mastering the art of high-stakes karaoke, listening to podcasts, finding new/weird places to see movies, perfecting his Vincent Price impression and writing screenplays like a fiend. You can follow Ken on twitter: @movieguyiguess. You can also follow Ken in real life, as he’s not a difficult man to find.

  • QTN

    You have to give Marvel Studios this. THE INCREDIBLE HULK failed to launch a new franchise and quite frankly its the red-headed stepchild of the MCU. But they still reference it from time to time having happened in that universe.

    • The_Eternal_Dalek

      If you have a shared universe you go all in or don’t bother. Marvel have realised this, other studios have not.

    • dorkgeniuz21

      Sometimes I wish they’d refilm the movie with ruffalo…lol…anyone wonder where Betty Ross is at..and where the f is hulk at during all this

  • alientraveller

    Fingers crossed this is true: I really enjoyed William Hurt’s performance as General Ross and have always wondered what the character has been up to during Phase 2, especially since his comics ally Talbot has been active in Agents of SHIELD. I want to know if AIM and Hydra’s schemes have convinced him trying to create super-soldiers using gamma radiation was a bad idea or if he still stubbornly hopes to create an army.

  • Toologist

    Well, considering the date of the article, Marvel Studios had their conference a couple of weeks later, and confirmed that Cap 3 is Captain America: Civil War. At the time, it was still unconfirmed, despite being reported by big-name sources like Variety.

    There were also rumors going around since Comic-Con that the setting of the film was supposed to take place during the events of Age of Ultron, so there’s that. At this point, I really hope these rumors are true, because it’d be great to see General Ross back again (and by William Hurt, too. Really liked his performance in the Incredible Hulk). As I’ve been theorizing about the MCU as of late, I completely forgot about his character, due to the 2008 film seemingly being forgotten by a lot of people. Hope William Hurt is down to come back, too. Anyone know if he has more films on his contract?

  • dorkgeniuz21

    This would certainly make sense especially sense civil war comes right after Antman..If the registration act is still in effect even after the Civil war it would be a good reason for the inhumans hiding out in secret even more