Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man joins Captain America 3

The pint-sized hero will be accompanied by Don Cheadle, William Hurt and Paul Bettany

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While it looks like Martin Freeman’s role in Captain America: Civil War won’t be a super-sort after all, there will be no shortage of powered chaps in the superhero sequel, with Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man joining the cast along with a couple of other heroes. Size doesn’t matter after all…

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The 2016 Captain America sequel (directed by Joe and Anthony Russo) will see Rudd’s shrinking reformed criminal Scott Lang join the action, according to a release from Marvel Studios. It will be Ant-Man’s first appearance following his solo movie, set to be released in July this year.

And for fans worried that the Avengers were all a bit tall and not engaging the services of small insects in their battles, the move could also pave the way for Rudd’s character to join the superhero team (many of whom appear in Civil War) in upcoming sequels including the two-part Avengers: Infinity War. Hooray!

Rudd’s not the only new hero in the pack though, with the inclusion of Don Cheadle’s War Machine and Paul Bettany’s The Vision joining previously-announced Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, Robert Downey Jr and titular star Chris Evans. A monster mash of heroes.

While there’s still no news of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor or Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk joining the action, one of the less-than-jolly green giant’s old playmates is apparently making a comeback – General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, a classic Hulk villain played by William Hurt.

Interestingly, Hurt previously played the character in 2008’s less-than-popular Incredible Hulk film, which while starring Edward Norton rather than Mark Ruffalo still exists canonically within the Marvel Universe (Robert Downey Jr turns up after the credits being mysterious and everything).

Basically it looks increasingly like Captain America 3 will be more of an Avengers 2.5, considering the amount of heroes popping their heads in, and we’re not too worried about that at all. Though we might need to keep a written crib sheet into the cinema to remember all their names…

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Captain America: Civil War will be released in the UK on the 29th April 2016