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Who is Ant-Man?

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 6:15 PM

Who is Ant-Man?
Published by Courtney Russell / July 7,2015

Hello MyWatchLinks Fans, today we journey deep into Marvel Comics History, as we take a peek at Marvel's latest introduction to their cinematic universe Ant-Man.  With the characters first live-action appearance, Ant-Man will be portrayed by actor Paul Rudd who will play the  Scott Lang version of Ant-man, alongside veteran actor Michael Douglas who will play Hank Pym the original Ant-man.

The film's current IDMB synopsis:
 "Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world."

Ant-Man held its world premiere in Los Angeles on June 29, 2015, and is scheduled to release in North America on July 17, 2015, in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Now with the basic movie stuff out of the way, let's divulge into the history of Ant-Man:

Hank Pym

Over the years a number of different characters have assumed the title of Ant-Man, seeing that his first appearance in comic books was in Tales to Astonish #35 (Sept. 1962). Since then Ant-Man has had the chance to be re-envisioned, the first Ant-Man Biophysicist and Security Operations Center expert Dr. Henry 'Hank' Pym decided to become a superhero after discovering a chemical substance (Pym Particles) that would allow the user to alter his size. Armed with a helmet that could control ants, Pym would shrink down to the size of an insect to become the mystery-solving Ant-Man. He soon shared his discovery with his girlfriend, Janet Van Dyne, who became his crime-fighting partner as the Wasp. While Pym is the original Ant-Man, he has adopted other aliases over the years including Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket,[2] and the male counterpart of the Wasp. Leaving his original persona vacant, his successors have taken up the role of Ant-Man while Pym explored these other identities.

Scott Lang

Scott Lang was a thief who first became Ant-Man after stealing Henry Pym's Ant-Man suit to save his daughter Cassie from a heart condition. Reforming from his life of crime, he soon took on a full-time career as Ant-Man with the encouragement of Hank Pym. This  variation of the Ant-Man character is the one that will be Portrayed by Paul Rudd in the 2016 film.

Eric O'Grady

Thirdly there is Eric O'Grady, the third character to take up the title of Ant-Man. Eric O'Grady is a low-level agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who stumbled upon the Ant-Man suit in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s headquarters. A man of few morals and willing to lie, cheat, steal, and manipulate in order to get ahead in life, Eric stole the armor for his own selfish plans, which included using his status as a "super-hero" to seduce women and humiliate and torment others. His time as Ant-Man was short lived as he was later kille doff in the comics.

The 2015 Ant-Man film won't be Rudds only appearance in the MArvel Cinematic universe as he is also set to reprise his role in 2016's Captain America Civil War which is scheduled for release in May of that year.

So that's all we have on Ant-Man for this reading, now the character Ant-Man has tonnes of stories to his name and seeing as the character has been around for more than 50 years that's a lot of stories to catch up on. In all his incarnations Ant-Man is one of Marvel's most imaginative characters, albeit one who has been interpreted differently and with varying levels of success by many different creators over the years and we stand to continue to benefit from these great stories as he has now made his move over to the big screen. 

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