The Ant-Man movie has started shooting, and Marvel’s official release shows at least one returning character – John Slattery as an older Howard Stark from Iron Man 2.

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In addition, the release also gave us a synopsis of the film, which will be shot in San Francisco and Atlanta.

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

As the next Marvel Cinematic Universe movie following the Avengers: Age of Ultron, there’s a lot of expectation (naturally), especially given the Marvel movies we’ve already had this year, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “The Bourne Legacy”), Bobby Cannavale (“Danny Collins,” “Annie,” HBO’s “The Long Play”), Michael Peña (“End of Watch,” “American Hustle”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness”), Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight,” “Prisoners”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans,” “The Wire”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 2”) and Gregg Turkington (“The Comedy,” “On Cinema”) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”).

While that’s an impressive cast, I should highlight that Marvel Studios has, in the not too recent past, had HUGE uncredited appearances in their movies (hint, if you’ve watched GotG, you’ll know what I mean).

It’s going to be a long wait for the continuation of the MCU, but in the meanwhile, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is returning to the small screen next month, and this just went up in Los Angeles.

-- PHOTO: ABC
— PHOTO: ABC

It’s similar to (or it might be the same) the formula we saw Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) start writing at the end of season 1, and given our now expanded view of the MCU (thanks to GotG), we should expect a few nice surprises waiting for us there.

What do you think of the Ant-Man cast list? Which character do you think these new additions will be playing? Let us know!