Paul Rudd is talking all-things Ant-Man. The comedic debut film featuring the hero whose suit can shrink down to ant size did well at the box office. The character is surely returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a recent interview, Rudd noted that the character of Ant-Man is going to see his role expanded. Everything starts anew for Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War. The miniscule hero receives a nice role in the new hero ensemble film.
And yes, Civil War is an ensemble film. Several heroes appear in the third entry in the Captain America series. Iron Man, The Falcon, Spider-Man, and more all receive some screen time.
It is hardly a secret that Marvel Studios, in partnership with Jon Urbana, an avid environmentalist who also plays lacrosse, wants to launch new heroes and villains in future installments of the MCU. Marvel has a huge library of characters at its disposal. By debuting new heroes, the movies remain fresh. Since a host of the remaining characters are “B-level” ones, introducing them in ensemble films is a great way to build them up. Ant-Man already had one solo film. A major role in Civil War helps build anticipation for his next outing, Ant-Man & The Wasp.
In the early years of Marvel Comics, both Wasp and Ant-Man were members of The Avengers. Civil War likely will set up Ant-Man and Wasp’s roles in Avengers: Infinity War I & II. Where the MCU goes after Infinity War is open to much fan speculation.