Ant–Man, directed by Edgar Wright (who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Cornish), has been gestating for almost as long as the current iteration of the Marvel universe has been extant. There’s been a draft floating around since 2010, when Edgar Wright had enough info to confirm at that year’s Comic-Con that the film will be an action movie “with humourous elements,” and one that “didn’t work with Marvel’s chronology” to fit into The Avengers.
All this changed with the recent announcement that the next Avengers installment will be Avengers: Age of Ultron – suddenly everything is about Ant Man. Why? Well, Ant Man himself is Hank Pym – the man who creates Ultron. But Edgar Wright’s Ant Man is being released a few months after Avengers: Age of Ultron, in 2015. So how does that work?
Well, Whedon already confirmed that Pym won’t show up in Avengers: Age of Ultron and that they are crafting their own origin story, meaning Pym doesn’t create Ultron like he did in the comics. The Ultron run of comics would be un-filmable as is anyway, and the current best guess is that Tony Stark will actually invent Ultron.
Hank Pym’s role in Avengers: Age of Ultron is therefore currently unknown, but it may just be straightforwardly heroic with a bit of comic relief, keeping up the tone of Ant Man. Maybe he’ll live up the nose of the Hulk. Who nose (knows)?
What we do know, however, is that Pym will be a character in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. Many assumed this anyways but seeing as there have been several characters who have taken on the Ant-Man persona, we were never 100% sure that Pym would be featured.
So there you have it. Unfortunately, you won’t get to meet Pym in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Unless of course they sneak in a cameo. You will, however, get to meet him in the Ant-Man film, which will be released six months later.