Will Ant-Man begin in the early 1960s as previously reported? Director Edgar Wright has teased two miniatures of actor Michael Douglas that suggest his character will be wearing the original costume that first appeared in the Marvel Comic Books starting way back in 1962 with Tales to Astonish #27. It makes sense that we'd be introduced to the now much older Hank Pym in his prime, with Paul Rudd picking up the mantle as Scott Lang in the present day.
The only thing missing from these miniature models, presumed to be used for shot framing, is the helmet. Perhaps the filmmaker is saving that design for a later date. While no story details have been confirmed, a report from earlier this month claims Ant-Man will introduce Hank Pym working as a spy fighting communism some fifty years in the past. The plot will then shift to present day, where Scott Lang is introduced. While these details haven't been confirmed, this miniature model does hint that the story will take place in a more swinging, groovy time period that doesn't know the darker, more serious-minded superhero costumes popular in today's pop culture landscape.
Last month, the director posted a photo from the "To Steal an Ant-Man" episode of the animated series The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, which centers on Scott Lang stealing the original Ant-Man equipment from Hank Pym to commit crimes. The episode is is based on the comic book Marvel Premiere #47, which also features Luke Cage and Iron Fist, characters who are getting their own Netflix TV shows in the near future. However, it hasn't been confirmed if the story will be based on this comic book issue or this specific TV episode.