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Ant-Man

Ant-Man
Mitchell Carson and Eric O'Grady on the cover of Irredeemable Ant-Man vol. 1 #5 (April 2007).
Art by Phil Hester
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceTales to Astonish #27 (January 1962) (as Dr. Henry Pym); Tales to Astonish #35 (September 1962) (as Ant-Man)
Created byStan Lee (co-writer/editor)
Larry Lieber (co-writer)
Jack Kirby (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoHank Pym
Scott Lang
Eric O'Grady
Chris McCarthy
Zayn Asghar
Team affiliationsAvengers
Abilities
  • Superhuman strength and agility
  • Leading authority in myrmecology research
  • Size-shifting from nearly microscopic to ~100 feet gigantic (both at extremes)
  • Maintains strength of normal size in shrunken state
  • Telepathic communication with ants via cybernetic helmet

Ant-Man is the name of several superheroes appearing in books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history

Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby, his first appearance was in Tales to Astonish #27 (January 1962) as Dr. Henry Pym; however, he first appeared in costume as Ant-Man in Tales to Astonish #35 (September 1962). The persona was originated by the brilliant scientist Hank Pym's superhero alias after inventing a substance that can change size (Pym Particles), but reformed thieves Scott Lang and Eric O'Grady also took on the Ant-Man mantle after the original changed his superhero identity to various other aliases, such as Giant-Man, Goliath, and Yellowjacket. Pym's Ant-Man is also a founding member of the super hero team known as the Avengers. The character has appeared in several films based on the Marvel character, such as Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023).

Fictional character biography

Over the years, a number of different characters have assumed the title of Ant-Man; most of them have been connected with the Avengers.

Hank Pym

Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym was a Biophysicist and Security Operations Center expert who decided to be the original Ant-Man, a superhero after the death of his first wife Maria Trovaya who had been a political dissident in Hungary. Falling in love with him and believing that his American citizenship would protect her, Maria traveled with Hank to Hungary shortly after their marriage to start their new life together. Unfortunately they were confronted by corrupt agents of the secret police. Hank was knocked unconscious and Maria was murdered. Pym was greatly distraught by his wife's death, and decided to do whatever he could in the future to battle injustice. After discovering a chemical substance, which he called Pym Particles, that would allow the user to alter his size, he armed himself with a helmet that could control ants. After that, Pym would shrink down to the size of an insect as the mystery-solving Ant-Man, solving crimes and stopping criminals.[1] He soon shared his discovery with his second wife Janet van Dyne as his crime-fighting partner Wasp when he helped Janet avenge the death of her scientist father Vernon van Dyne who was killed by an alien unleashed by one of Vernon's own experiments.[2] The duo would be founding members of the Avengers, fighting recurring enemies such as the mad scientist Egghead, the mutant Whirlwind, and Pym's own robotic creation Ultron.[3] While Pym is the original Ant-Man, he has adopted other aliases over the years including Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket,[2] and Wasp after Janet's presumed death in Secret Invasion.[4] Leaving his original persona vacant, his successors have taken up the Ant-Man role while Pym explored these other identities.

Scott Lang

Scott Lang was a thief who decided to be the second Ant-Man after stealing the Ant-Man suit to save his daughter Cassandra "Cassie" Lang from a heart condition.[5] Reforming from his life of crime, Lang soon took on a full-time career as Ant-Man with the encouragement of Hank Pym.[6] He became an affiliate of the Fantastic Four[7] and later became a full-time member of the Avengers. For a period of time he dated Jessica Jones.[5] He was killed by the Scarlet Witch along with the Vision and Hawkeye in Avengers Disassembled,[8] and his daughter took up his heroic mantle as Stature in the book Young Avengers. He returned to life in 2011 in the mini series The Children's Crusade.

Chris McCarthy

Chris McCarthy was the third character to take up the Ant-Man title albeit briefly, serving only as a plot point to get the Ant-Man suit to Eric O'Grady.[9][10][11] The character, created by Robert Kirkman and Phil Hester, first appeared in Civil War: Choosing Sides #1 (October 2006). A low level agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. working on the Helicarrier, McCarthy was tasked with guarding Dr. Pym's lab. After panicking and accidentally knocked Pym unconscious, he found the most recent Ant-Man suit which he promptly used to shrink, getting lost. McCarthy was caught up when a group of Hydra superhumans attacked and was killed in the chaos.[9][10][11]

Eric O'Grady

Eric O'Grady was the fourth character to take up the Ant-Man title. O'Grady is a low-level agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who stumbles upon the Ant-Man suit.[9] A man of few morals and willing to lie, cheat, steal and manipulate in order to get ahead in life, O'Grady stole the armor for his own selfish plans, which included using his status as a "super-hero" to seduce women,[10] as well as humiliate and torment others.[11] He had his own short-lived title before being part of other teams such as joining Avengers: The Initiative as his first team and then joining the Thunderbolts before the character perished heroically while defending a child against the villain known as Father.

Criti Noll

Criti Noll was a Super-Skrull who impersonated Hank Pym / Ant-Man for the Secret Invasion storyline.[12]

Zayn Asghar

Dr. Zayn Asghar operates as the Earth-14831 equivalent of Ant-Man in the year 2549. The character, created by Al Ewing and Tom Reilly, first appeared in Ant-Man Vol. 3 #1 (July 2022). Born to eco-scientists working to repair the damage to Earth caused by All-Father Ultron in Ultron Forever, he developing an obsession with redeeming Hank Pym, Ultron's creator, and created the Nano Ant Swarm which he used to fight paleo-capitalists and disaster opportunists as Ant-Man. Dr. Asghar began cloning thousands of extinct ant species to restore his world's climate, but these ants lacked the evolved instincts of the insects. Using Doctor Doom's Time Platform, he returns to the time periods of the three previous Ant-Men to study their methods of insect control to synthesize artificial instincts for his ants, briefly interacting with each of his contemporaries. Dr. Asghar's tampering with time resulted in All-Father Ultron finding a way to return to the Earth he once conquered. Zayn pulls Pym, Eric O'Grady, and Scott Lang to his time. Using Time Master's aging ray that was brought to the future by Lang, Zayn removes the artificial aging that turned Ultron into the All-Father, causing him to vanish to parts unknown.[13]

In other media

Television

Film

Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas portray Scott Lang and Hank Pym respectively in media set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[18] Both have appeared in the live-action films Ant-Man (2015), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023). Additionally, Lang appears in the live-action film Captain America: Civil War (2016) while alternate timeline variants of Lang and Pym appear in the Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Video games

  • An unidentified Ant-Man appears as a purchasable outfit in Fortnite Battle Royale.
  • The Scott Lang and Hank Pym incarnations of Ant-Man appears as playable characters in Lego Marvel's Avengers. Additionally, downloadable content based on the MCU Ant-Man film was released in a later update.
  • The Zayn Asghar incarnation of Ant-Man appears in Marvel Contest of Champions.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Henry Pym Biography". IGN. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Secret Invasion Illumination". Marvel.com. May 30, 2008. Archived from the original on January 28, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  3. ^ "Psych Ward: Hank Pym". Marvel.com. December 29, 2008. Archived from the original on April 23, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  4. ^ "Mighty Avengers: Assemble". Marvel.com. October 7, 2009. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Marvel's 5 Unluckiest Heroes: A Friday the 13th Special Report". Marvel.com. July 17, 2007. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  6. ^ "Ant Man (Scott Lang) Biography". IGN. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  7. ^ "Take 10: Replacement FF Members". Marvel.com. August 25, 2010. Archived from the original on April 12, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  8. ^ Avengers #500 (September 2004)
  9. ^ a b c Irredeemable Ant-Man #1 (October 2006)
  10. ^ a b c Irredeemable Ant-Man #2 (November 2006)
  11. ^ a b c Irredeemable Ant-Man #3 (December 2006)
  12. ^ The Mighty Avengers #5-6. Marvel Comics.
  13. ^ Ant-Man Vol. 3 #1-4. Marvel Comics.
  14. ^ "Garrett Morris in Ant-Man – Henry Pym". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 10, 2016. Retrieved July 22, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  15. ^ "Uncovering Marvel's Lost '80s Cartoon Pitches – Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources". Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 22, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  16. ^ "NYCC: Marvel's Ant-Man Animated Shorts Coming to Disney XD". Comic Book Resources. October 9, 2016. Archived from the original on August 12, 2017. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  17. ^ "Alice! Mickey! Pooh! Spidey! Disney Junior Announces Slate of New Original Series and Shorts, Along With Returning Franchises, Debuting Across Disney+ and Disney Junior Platforms Through 2024 at First-Ever Disney Junior Fun Fest" (Press release). Disney Branded Television. April 29, 2022 – via The Futon Critic.
  18. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 23, 2014). "Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Moves into Former Superman-Batman Release Date". Variety. Archived from the original on June 5, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014.

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