1. Who created the character?
Ant-Man was first seen in September 1962 and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, along with Stan’s brother Larry Lieber. The Marvel man’s real name is actually Stanley Martin Lieber. Doesn’t sound as cool does it?
2. Who is Ant-Man?
Despite being one of the senior members of The Avengers, Ant-Man has never had the popularity of the likes of Captain America and Hulk. Let’s be honest, the name doesn’t instil fear into his enemies or inspire kids - who wants to be an ant…man? To make it even more complicated there have actually been three Ant-Men over the years. Hank Pym, Scott Lang and Eric O’Grady
3. Three Ant-Men??
Yes. We’ll try and keep this brief as there is a lot of comic mythology to go through. So, deep breathe aaand… The first, Hank Pym, was a scientist on par with Tony Stark, who created a substance (Pym Particles) that allowed both he and his wife (Janet van Dyne, aka The Wasp) to change size. He was also able to create a helmet that allowed him to communicate with animals.
In the comics Pym went on to create Ultron, who was originally designed to protect humanity, but went on to almost result in their extinction. Driven mad by guilt and self-doubt he became the alter-ego, Yellowjacket.
Scott Lang was the second man to don the suit. Lang was an electronics expert who became a thief to help his family. After passing through prison, Lang was hired by Stark Industries to strengthen the security of the Avengers Mansion. He returned to a life of crime however to save his sick daughter, stealing Hank Pym’s suit to rescue the doctor who could save his daughter. Scott Lang took on the mantel of Ant-Man full time after this, but was killed in the Avengers Disassembled story. As is normal in comics, Lang came back to life in 2011 in the miniseries The Children’s Crusade, but lost his daughter to the hands of Dr. Doom. Talk about melodramatic.
Eric O’Grady was the third and final Ant-Man. Eric was a low-level agent of SHIELD before becoming the Ant-Man. He was perhaps the most human incarnation of the character. The title of the series was The Irredeemable Ant-Man, to indicate the immoral behaviour of the character. The idea was shelved after just 12 editions. No one seemed to want an immoral Ant-Man.
Quite a lot to get your head around right?
4. So which Ant-Man will we be seeing on the big screen?
The first two: Hank Pym and Scott Lang will be in the film, nobody seems to want to mention Eric anymore. Michael Douglas will play Hank Pym and Paul Rudd is Scott Lang in the film.
5. What are Ant-Man’s powers?
Ant-Man is able to change size thanks to Pym Particles. He is also able to communicate with animals thanks to his helmet. Ant-Man also gains super strength when he changes size, making him a very difficult opponent. Oh yeah, and he is also super smart. But that is about it, and that is why he is not as cool as Spider-Man or Iron Man.
6. Who are his enemies?
If Spider-Man has Green Goblin and Wolverine has Sabretooth … Who is Ant-Man’s arch-enemy? Yellowjacket, in the film at least. Corey Stoll (of House of Cards fame) will play the man who dons the Yellowjacket suit. His character Darren Cross was Hank Pym’s best student until he decided he wanted to create a militarized Ant-Man suit. That’s where Scott Lang comes in, with Hank Pym too old to fight Cross, he needs a new hero, and he sees that in Lang.
If you’re into comic book films, action and all things Marvel, then yes, is the simple answer. If you’re not a fan, then it might not be your cup of tea.
It won’t be the box office smash that Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy were, but it is a sign that Marvel is willing to keep things fresh in their universe, and also give the more odd heroes a chance as well. Marvel’s track record so far is formidable, and given the problems this film had in production (Edgar Wright stepped down after difference regarding his and Marvel’s vision of the film) they won’t be releasing something that they don’t think has the potential to thrill audiences around the world. So give the Ant-Man some love!