Paul Rudd is 'Ant-Man': 5 reasons he needs an 'Agents of SHIELD' appearance

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Update: Marvel has confirmed Rudd's casting in "Ant-Man."

An exciting new Avenger has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Variety, Paul Rudd is in early negotiations play the titular character in Edgar Wright's upcoming "Ant-Man."

While the news isn't quite confirmed yet, we're going to get ahead of ourselves and say Rudd needs to show up on "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" once he's introduced in the MCU. Though that might seem a bit backwards since we just said the ABC series doesn't need more Marvel, it could definitely do with a healthy dose of Rudd. Here's why:

He's great on TV. From playing Mike Hannigan on "Friends" to Bobby Newport on "Parks and Recreation," Rudd always brings joy to the television show he's on. He will absolutely bring that best-friend-you-never-had charm to "Agents of SHIELD" as well, which brings us to ...

He and Clark Gregg would have the best bromance. "Ant-Man" isn't hitting theaters until July 31, 2015, which means Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson could be reincorporated into the Marvel movies by then. But whether or not they meet on the big or small screen, Hank Pym and Coulson are destined to love each other. We could watch a whole episode of those two actors just chatting, drinking and goofing off, and Coulson could use a good dude BFF.

"Agents of SHIELD" will be in its third season. By the time "Ant-Man" comes out, "Agents of SHIELD" will be heading into Season 3. That's very, very far into the future in the life of a TV show, but by then it will have (hopefully) found its groove. That means the reasons that we were hesitant about "Agents of SHIELD" adding more Marvel now will have gone away (again, hopefully). So by then, yes, please bring in all the Avengers.

Audiences will want a lot of "Ant-Man." Of all the Avengers, Ant-Man will probably be the hardest sell. But with a man like Rudd behind him, audiences will likely take to Hank Pym as well as they did to Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. Which means that people will want to see him more and more and more and ... hey, aren't we all glad there's a Marvel TV show that airs weekly!

It gives Edgar Wright an excuse to direct an episode. Before he was directing movies like "The World's End," "Shaun of the Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," Edgar Wright was loved best for his TV show "Spaced." By having Rudd featured in an episode of "Agents of SHIELD," it would be the perfect opportunity for Wright to direct one as well. 

"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" returns to ABC Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. "Ant-Man" premieres in theaters on July 31, 2015. Are you as excited about Rudd's almost-casting as we are?

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