Paul Rudd is playing Scott Lang in next year’s Ant-Man, but judging from this picture, Lang will have his work cut out for him as he grows into his role of superhero.

This first photo of Rudd-as-Lang was released by USA Today. Of course, this is just one picture, so, really, who knows what is going on the scene. Lang could be upset that ants disrupted his picnic. Regardless, his appearance is most likely meant to add to the harried outlaw characterization of the future hero.

Shooting for Ant-Man began Monday in San Francisco, which is evident with the Golden Gate Bridge providing a stark contrast to the muted, dark colors Rudd is draped in.

The film will see Lang partner with Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym, a scientist who created technology that will allow the user to grow and shrink in size and gain enhanced strength in the process. The two will join forces to carry out a heist to prevent Pym’s work from falling into the wrong hands. Concept art for the film was released during last month’s Comic-Con in San Diego.

This picture comes on the heels of recent news of John Slattery (Mad Men) signing onto the film to resume his Iron Man 2 role as an older Howard Stark, father of Tony Stark.

In the picture, Rudd is wearing what I can only assume is a science hoodie that will allow him to shrink and grow at will. My assumptions have often been off in the past, however, so for now I think we can just go with that sometimes a hoodie is just a hoodie.

Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lilly, hits theaters July 17, 2015.

[Source: USA Today]

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