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'Avengers': Kevin Feige explains Ant-Man exclusion

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Kevin Feige has explained Ant-Man's exclusion from the Avengers line-up.

Marvel Studios' president of production revealed that the founding team member would have been included if Edgar Wright's solo Ant-Man project had been completed in time.

"Edgar's still working on that project, and it's closer than ever," Feige told the Toronto Sun.

"But it's been eight years we've been working with him, and we finally decided we couldn't keep putting more people in. If Ant-Man had come out four years ago, it would certainly have been part of the puzzle."

Henry Pym was one of the founding Avengers in the Marvel Comic alongside Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Wasp. Captain America joined the title in issue #4.

Neither he nor Wasp will feature in the new movie's line-up, which includes Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

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Feige also promised the death of one of the regular Marvel movie characters in The Avengers.

The Avengers opens in UK cinemas on April 26 (under the title Marvel Avengers Assemble) and in the US on May 4.

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