|Ant-Man (2015) - Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)|
It's not as awesome as the Ant-Man Comic Con footage by Edgar Wright, but it's pretty good.
There are very few actors of color in the upcoming film and all seem to have minor roles. Hispanic actor Michael Peña (Crash) plays "Luis" and Black actor Wood Harris (Remember the Titans) plays "Gale" and no word has been given of their role although both are accomplished actors. Since they don't have last names they're probably minor characters.
The only one who's talked about his character is Tip "T.I." Harris, who plays Dave. Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., is a rapper who has played various roles in ATL (2006), Takers (2010) and Identity Thief (2013) and usually takes the role of an urban criminal-type dude. Based on comments from T.I. it looks like he's playing a similar role in the film. So far, we only know his first name as Dave.
In an radio interview with Reggie "Smooth Az Butta" Brown for V100.7, T.I. confirms that he plays a "gangster" and a "superhero's homeboy." Because on Lang's criminal past it's not surprising, but a little disappointing. Hopefully his character has a conversion or takes on a larger role in the film.
We would hope that with all the strong Black characters in Marvel films, like Nick Fury, War Machine (AKA Iron Patriot) and Falcon they could get away from these stereotypes or at least make one of the main characters a person of color. Well, at least we have Black Panther.
Here's the official Ant-Man synopsis:
"The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios' 'Ant-Man.' Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank 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."
Ant-Man opens July 17th, 2015 and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, John Slattery and Gregg Turkington.
What do you think of Ant-Man? What's your favorite part of the trailer? Would you like to see more minorites in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
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