by Ryan Rigley
Good news, Ant-Man fans! Last week, director Edgar Wright announced that after many, many years of pre-production and planning that the script for his “Ant-Man” film is finally completed. Although there’s still no word on what the movie will entail, or even who the protagonist will be (odds are either Hank Pym or Scott Lang), we think there’s a pretty good chance that all will be revealed this weekend at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con.
However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t keep speculating about the film before then! Probably one of the least recognizable superheroes inducted into the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far (with the exception of the Guardians of the Galaxy), Ant-Man is actually a founding Avenger in the comics. Click past the jump for five Ant-Man comics that we could potentially see up on the big screen!
“The Man in the Ant Hill!” (“Tales to Astonish” #27, 1962)
The first appearance and complete origin of the astonishing Ant-Man, Doctor Henry “Hank” Pym creates a size-altering serum and tests it on himself with surprising results. Shrinking himself down to the size of an ant, Hank soon realizes that he’s left the enlarging serum on the window sill, which is now miles away. With the help of one friendly ant, Hank retrieves the serum and pours both formulas down the drain for good measure.
“The Creature from Kosmos!” (“Tales to Astonish” #44, 1963)
Hank is approached Professor Vernon van Dyne and his daughter, Janet, with the hopes that he will help with their Gamma Ray Beam device. Refusing their offer, Professor van Dyne goes back to his lab and accidentally summons an evil alien entity to our world. Discovering her dead father, Janet runs to Hank and the two team-up as Ant-Man and the Wasp in order to defeating the evil Kosmosian. This is a pair that would last quite a while, and if Ant-Man is jumping onto the big screen, then the Wasp needs to too.
“The Incredible Shrinking Doom” (“Marvel Feature” #4-10, 1972)
In this series of one-shot stories in which Hank Pym is trapped at miniature size, Ant-Man is forced to run the gauntlet of C-list supervillains, including the likes of Whirlwind, Para-Man, and Egghead. These stories feature Hank in full Ant-Man mode, sporting his self-made helmet that allows him to directly communicate with ants. They also feature Janet van Dyne, Hank’s partner in crime-fighting and, later, in life.
“To Steal An Ant-Man!” (“Marvel Premiere #47-48, 1979)
It’s possible that the Ant-Man in question is actually Scott Lang, an electrical engineer who regrettably turned to burglary in order to support his family. After getting paroled for good behavior after three years in prison, Lang became a valued employee at Stark International. But when his daughter Cassie became seriously ill, Scott returned to crime for one last job. He stole Hank Pym’s Ant-Man get-up and shrinking formula, but ended up using his stolen powers to stop a hostage situation. Impressed by his skills and compassionate to his situation, Pym let Scott keep the suit, thus creating another Ant-Man.
“Irredeemable Ant-Man” (2006)
Nicknamed the world’s most unlikable superhero, Eric O’Grady (the third and most recent Ant-Man) steals an Ant-Man suit from S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters and uses his new-found abilities for his own despicable and oafish gain. With the good and evil sides of O’Grady’s personality clashing regularly, the Irredeemable Ant-Man would later go on to join the Thunderbolts, the Secret Avengers, and even team up with Hank Pym in a mini-series called “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”
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