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In this Saturday, June 27, 2015 photo, actor Paul Rudd poses for a portrait in promotion of the new film, "Ant-Man," in Burbank, Calif. The movie releases in the U.S. on July 17, 2015. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP)n

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — At long last, “Ant-Man” is here.

After assembling the Avengers — twice — and traveling to space with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios’ latest endeavor seems like a decidedly small affair, yet it took the studio longer to bring the incredible shrinking superhero to the big screen than it did to boot up Iron Man, enlist Captain America or nail down Thor for their cinematic debuts.

The storied history of the “Ant-Man” film goes back eight years when “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuss” director Edgar Wright and writer Joe Cornish were originally attached to the project. After working on several drafts of the script, Marvel and Wright declared last May before production was set to start that they had parted ways “due to differences in their vision.”

A little over a year later, “Ant-Man” is arriving in theaters Friday to tell the story of how do-gooder thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) inherited a high-tech get-up from scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). The pair teams up with Pym’s stern daughter, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), to take down unhinged former prot

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