The latest evolution of the Marvel comic series Ant-Man is smashing box offices worldwide on the big screen. Stars Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd share secrets from behind the scenes.

Did you know?: Ant-Man first appeared in the original Marvel comics in 1962 in “Tales to Astonish #27”  

How is Ant-Man created?
Remember how Spiderman came into being? In this case, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) became the tiny Ant-Man after discovering a chemical substance—The Pym Particle—which allowed him to alter his size and possess superhuman strength. With the development of another of Pym’s technologies, Ant-Man (who literally does become ant sized) also has the ability to control armies of ants.

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Following the story-line
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s new action-packed adventure brings us master thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as the present-day Ant-Man (an unlikely ant-sized superhero). After being armed by Dr. Hank Pym with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, Lang must embrace his inner hero and help Pym protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. 

Watching and mentoring Scott Lang in the story is Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Inventor of the Pym Particle and founder of Pym Technologies, Hank has been forced out of his own company by his former protégé and now CEO Darren Cross, who has taken over control of day-to-day operations. For Hank, also the inventor of the Ant-Man suit, finding the right person who can step in for him and use his technology for the good of mankind has become his top priority.

Paul Rudd looking better than ever
Actor and comedian Paul Rudd is in his best shape ever at 46 for his role as the ant-sized superhero Ant-Man. He most recently starred opposite Will Ferrell and Steve Carell in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and in 2012, starred in Judd Apatow’s hilarious movie This Is 40. 

Rudd says, “In the beginning of the film, my character Scott Lang has just gotten out of prison. He doesn’t know anything about Ant-Man and has nothing to do with Hank Pym. On the other hand, Pym singled him out and, quite aware of his notoriety, has been watching him with ulterior motives. He sets up a scenario where Scott has to resort to his old ways. He breaks into Hank’s house to steal some money to help pay child support for his daughter, the only person he really cares about. Unbeknownst to Scott, Hank has orchestrated the entire scenario. This brings Scott into Pym’s world where he can potentially teach Scott how to use the suit properly and steal something Pym really needs.”

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Watch out for: The Marvel comic legend Stan Lee who has a cameo in the pint-size superhero movie Ant-Man! 

Michael Douglas as a superhero?
For Michael Douglas, joining the cast of Marvel’s Ant-Man was something that made him very cool within his own household.  “Before ‘Ant-Man,’ I had no career in my kids’ eyes. I’ve never done a picture as far as they were concerned. Two Academy Awards® meant nothing. Now I’m cool. I am cool to my son and to his friends, too. This is the first time I’ve ever heard my kids say, 'Can we go to the premiere?'," Douglas admits.

Douglas says that his character Hank Pym “has a sense of humour; he’s got a slight tongue-in-cheek attitude and likes to test people a little bit.” Continuing, he adds, “He’s obviously a brilliant scientist but combined with that he has military-like training in weaponry. Because of situations that exist, he is looking for a person that can take on his role and he picks a recent ex-convict, Scott Lang, and now he is going to teach him all the tricks of the trade of Ant-Man.”

For Rudd having a screen legend as his character’s mentor in the film was everything he thought it would be and more. “I was elated that Michael wanted to do the movie. When he signed, it was a great day for the film and comic book fans everywhere,” says Paul Rudd. “I’ve been able in my career, which hasn’t really been all that long, to work with some legendary actors and he is one of those who are in that rarified-air category.”

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Who to take along to see it?
Invite along any fans of Stan Lee’s classic comic books, your kids or grandkids. See this fun family movie in 3d for an extra wow factor - they’ll love you for it!

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