On July 17, Marvel Studios will release Ant-Man, the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Casual comic book fans may not be aware of this, but Ant-Man was one of the very first superheroes to emerge in the Marvel Universe. Ant-Man co-founded the Avengers with the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and the Wasp. The original Ant-Man, Hank Pym went on to create several new heroic personas while remaining a vital part of the Avengers for over fifty years.
When Hank Pym abandoned the Ant-Man identity, it was taken up by Scott Lang. And during Lang’s absence in the 2000s, a third Ant-Man emerged: Eric O’Grady.
Director Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man movie embraces the idea of multiple Ant-Men, with Paul Rudd starring as Scott Lang, and Michael Douglas appearing as his mentor, Hank Pym. However, the film will primarily focus on Lang’s efforts to reinvent himself as a hero while helping Pym ensure that his technology doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Much like Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s detractors are predicting that Ant-Man could be Marvel’s first flop. But with the marketing power of Disney and Marvel behind it, that seems unlikely. Matching the opening weekend box office of Guardians of the Galaxy may be a tall order, but as long as Marvel Studios can convince moviegoers that Ant-Man is a fun film to watch, then the audience will show up for it.
However, it is true that Ant-Man’s comic book history is a little impenetrable to people who don’t read comics. Fortunately, SuperHeroHype’s Origins and Evolutions has you covered. Everything you need to know about all three Ant-Men is right here!
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