Earlier today, Comicbook.com reported on a number of new trademarks filed by Marvel in regards to electronic publications for some of their characters and past comic book storylines. Many of the characters featured in the trademarks were characters starring in upcoming Marvel Studios movies.
A new trademark was filed for Age of Ultron, which is the title of the Avengers sequel. It’s likely that Marvel will be pushing the Bendis’ Age of Ultron comic book limited series in electronic format when the Avengers sequel gets released in theaters.
Marvel also filed an electronic publication trademark for Irredeemable Ant-Man. Irredeemable Ant-Man was the title of an Ant-Man series featuring Eric O'Grady as Ant-Man. The series was written by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, and it ran for twelve issues.
We think the trademark filing could be a strong hint that the Ant-Man movie will be based on the Irredeemable Ant-Man storyline. For Marvel to file a specific trademark on Irredeemable Ant-Man makes us think that they likely plan to push the Irredeemable Ant-Man storyline in electronic format when the Ant-Man movie is released.
In addition to the trademark filing, there are a number of other signs that point to the Irredeemable Ant-Man story being the basis of the Ant-Man movie. Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige referred to Ant-Man as a heist movie. While initially this was thought to be a hint toward the “To Steal an Ant-Man” storyline which centered around Scott Lang stealing the Ant-Man uniform from Henry Pym, it could just as easily apply to the Irredeemable Ant-Man storyline which centered around Eric O'Grady stealing the Ant-Man uniform from S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters.
With ABC airing an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series and S.H.I.E.L.D. well established in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Irredeemable Ant-Man story might actually play easier with existing Marvel movie fans.
Another thing that could hint at the Irredeemable Ant-Man adaptation is the actors rumored to be up for the role. Both Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are rumored to be leading candidates for the role, and they both have acting styles that could fit well with the Eric O’Grady character, who was a low level S.H.I.E.L.D. employee who stole the Ant-Man armor for his own selfish reasons. Rudd in particular has a history of playing down-on-their-luck type characters.
The Ant-Man movie costume also looks similar to the Irredeemable Ant-Man costume, and the humorous tone of the Irredeemable Ant-Man series fits with Edgar Wright’s directing style.