‘ant-man’ tease wasn’t hinting at secret identity

Yesterday we told you about how “Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright showed off a picture from an old “Avengers” cartoon, leading many — us included — to think he was teasing the true identity of the diminutive hero in his 2015 releasing Marvel film. But what if Wright wasn’t teasing Ant-Man at all, but instead another aspect of the story? Specifically: superheroes Iron Fist and Luke Cage?

In the “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” episode the still was taken from, titled “To Steal An Ant-Man,” a thief named Scott Lang steals scientist Henry Pym’s size-changing armor to help his daughter Cassie. And this does fit with leaked details we’ve heard about the movie. But more to the point, when Pym finds out his armor is stolen he enlists a team called Heroes for Hire to help him get it back. Those Heroes? Luke Cage and Iron Fist, a.k.a. Danny Rand.

What’s interesting about this bit is that Luke Cage and Iron Fist are both getting solo television series on Netflix at some point in the future. And the timing works out exceedingly well: “Ant-Man” will hit theaters on July 31, 2015; Marvel will begin launching their Netflix series that year with “Daredevil.”

Currently, “Daredevil” is said to be the first series on the slate, and already has a writer/producer (Drew Goddard). “Jessica Jones,” another series that’s part of the Marvel/Netflix deal also has a showrunner in Melissa Rosenberg. So one might tend to think that “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” will both launch later than the other two, putting them in late 2015 earliest, and more likely some time in 2016… Safely after a potential appearance in “Ant-Man.”

And there wouldn’t be a better launching point for two lesser-known characters than the first Marvel movie after “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” right? Now granted, it’s a long shot: Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has said that “Ant-Man” was well in progress from before Marvel had crystallized their plans, certainly well before the Netflix deal; and it’s possible “Ant-Man” will exist on an island of it’s own in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But what if it doesn’t? What if instead, “Ant-Man” doesn’t just launch Marvel’s Phase 3, but also their entire slew of Netflix TV shows? They certainly wouldn’t be thinking small.

“Ant-Man” hits theaters on July 31, 2015. Marvel’s Netflix shows launch in 2015, on a date to be announced.