I've been thinking about the direction that's been taken for the Hank Pym character in this Ant-Man film, and it's dawned on me that he may not be alive by the time the end credits roll. And I'm okay with that. Let me tell you why... 1. Hank Pym is already being established as an important figure in MCU history. With the recent news that younger versions of SHIELD higher ups will be featured in a flashback in Ant-Man, it's evident that Dr. Pym will be given ample backstory that weave throughout the past decades. We won't necessarily need him moving forward, since we're being given so much of him in the past. 2. Michael Douglas is old. Therefore Henry Pym is old. I'm not saying that he has to die because he's old...but it certainly makes his death more likely than if he was a young Hank Pym. 3. Paul Rudd is young(er). Therefore Scott Lang is young(er). He's undoubtedly signed on to play Ant-Man for multiple films. He is the one who will be suiting up and throwing down with criminals in present day, not Hank Pym. Pym will act as his mentor in this film, which is great. But mentors generally don't stick around. They train the hero, and then they usually die once the hero is capable on their own. I don't see Hank Pym mentoring Scott through multiple films. So it's either "kill Pym" or "Pym just goes away". 4. Redemption. From what little we know about the plot, Hank is kind of a jerk, some kind of accident may or may not have killed his wife, he's most likely estranged from his daughter, and his previous mentee has turned bad and taken over his company. I'm assuming all of this is resolved in some manner by the end of the film (Hank is sorry for stuff, his daughter forgives him, company is saved), and the torch is successfully passed to Lang permanently. If that's the case, then all of Dr. Pym's story/character arcs are complete and he can die without any loose ends. What do you guys think?