Arnim Zola Almost Villainized 'Ant-Man'

Some unused concept art reveals that the Nazi biochemist was supposed to appear in the Paul Rudd-led superhero flick.

AceShowbiz - Marvel's "Ant-Man" almost featured another well-known comic book character as its villain. Some unused concept art has surfaced online, featuring Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) who was supposed to appear in the 2015 superhero flick to antagonize Paul Rudd's Scott Lang.

Created by artist Josh Nizzi, the artwork shows Zola in a more comic-accurate robotic body. It appears that the Nazi biochemist would be present during the S.H.I.E.L.D. meeting, featuring Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Howard Stark (John Slattery), Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Mitchell Carson (Martin Donovan), in the opening scene of the movie.

Zola was first introduced in 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger". Despite his death, he made a surprise appearance in 2014's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" as a digitized brain living in a computer system. It was revealed that he survived death by transferring his consciousness into a computer.

It's believed that his computer-self was destroyed when an airstrike meant for Chris Evans' Cap and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow blew up his super-computer built in Camp Lehigh. If the supervillain was to appear in "Ant-Man", he would have looked like his comic book counterpart, rocking a digitized face on a hulking robot body.

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