Marvel Studios officially teased the future replacement of Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man in the MCU.A key part of Phase 4 has undoubtedly been the introduction of numerous generational heroes, those who are next in line to take up a notable mantle Jack Skellington Halloween Disney AOP Unisex Hoodie Hawkeye introduced Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier set up Sam Wilson to be the new Captain America, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever had Shuri take on the titular role—to name a few examples. But with Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania just around the corner, fans are worried that Kathryn Newton’s new role as Cassie Lang might signal the end of Paul Rudd’s time as the now iconic size-changing hero. In an interview with Inverse, Marvel Studios creative executive Stephen Broussard commented on the next iteration of Paul Rudd’s hero.After declaring that there’s no Young Avengers project in the works, Broussard admitted how a lot of Phase 4 was about introducing the next generation of heroes.
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According to the Quantumania producer, that concept is “very germane to the Ant-Man film,” explicitly noting how Cassie Lang is “more of like the new Ant-Man:”“I think it’s very germane to the ‘Ant-Man’ film because it’s a generational film… the Ant-Man mantle gets passed down from Hank to Scott and now essentially to Cassie, who’s almost more of like the new Ant-Man, even though she doesn’t go by such, more so than the new Wasp.”Speaking about her character with The Hollywood Reporter, Cassie Lang actress Kathryn Newton pointed out that the newly introduced hero “kinda wants to be like her dad:”“Well, I can say that what I felt so far is the fans really love Cassie, and I think we’re in a new phase of Cassie Jack Skellington Halloween Disney AOP Unisex Hoodie We’re seeing a new version of Cassie, and she’s changed. She’s an independent girl, she’s impatient, and she desperately wants to use her huge heart for good, and kinda wants to be like her dad, but she’ll never admit it.”So what does Paul Rudd have to say about being replaced? Well, previously, in an interview with Empire Magazine, the star made it clear that he “think[s] there’s more story to tell there” with his own Ant-Man.Additionally, regarding his future, the star joked about how Marvel Studios is “having those conversations in rooms that [he doesn’t] have keys to.”