5 Things You Need To Know About Marvel’s Ant-Man

What's the deal with this superhero who'll be played by Paul Rudd in an upcoming movie?

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In the latest example of brilliant casting by Marvel Studios, Paul Rudd has been chosen to play Ant-Man. The exploits of Ant-Man may be familiar to fans of the Marvel universe, but for those who might not have heard of him (we’re guessing that’s a lot of you) — here are five things you need to know.

[01]  He’s super smart

Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym, aka Ant-Man, is yet another one of Marvel’s scientist-turned-superheroes whose intelligence makes Einstein look rather ordinary by comparison. Pym specializes in the fields of robotics and biochemistry, but is best known for his discovery of a group of subatomic particles known as “Pym particles.”

[02]  Pym particles

These particles are the source of his superpowers, allowing him to shrink or grow his body at will. He can sneak around undetected while the size of an ant — or grow to enormous proportions as the aptly named “Giant-Man” (Giant-man, get it?) to swat his enemies like flies and hear the lamentation of the women.

[03]  He can speak to his fellow insects

His shiny head gear isn’t just the latest in Marvel superhero fashion, it’s a cybernetic helmet that allows him to communicate and control, you guessed it, ants.

[04]  He was one of the original Avengers

Despite how the movie played out, Ant-Man was one of the founding members of the Avengers alongside Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the Wasp.

[05]  Ultron

He’s also the genius that created Ultron, the genocidal robot — oops — who is the likely villain in the next Avengers movie (opening May 2015). However, the Ant-Man movie isn’t coming out until July the following year, so it’s safe to assume that Marvel is going to have to make some adjustments to Ultron’s origin story.

Ant-Man is scheduled to hit theaters July 31, 2015.

10 comments
MichaelJohnson5
MichaelJohnson5

Hank Pym would be a great character if he is allowed to use all of his superhuman abilities at once (he has been four superheroes through his career-- Ant-Man, Giant Man, Goliath and Yellowjacket). A character who can shrink to subatomic levels, grow to 100 feet in size, make scientific inventions to control ants, make robotic yellowjackets and make objects shrink would be formidable. The problem is that Hank Pym for a stand-alone movie has never been developed as a stand-alone character -- he's always been a supporting character of The Avengers. His one peg -- the creator of Ultron, one of The Avengers' greatest enemies -- reportedly going to be credited to Iron Man for the next Avengers movie, so the question is what a Hank Pm movie would be about if it has nothing to do with Ultron.

MatthewZaneCheng-Hammer
MatthewZaneCheng-Hammer

First, Ant-Man is a super cool character in the Marvel universe that dates way back.  Hank Pym is the character I would love to see on the big screen, but....  It won't be O'Grady or Pym, it'll be Lang.  Why?  Because this is Disney and there is too much controversy surrounding the other two characters.  Lang will fit in nicely, very human character, family man, yadda yadda yadda... 

Next, IMDB data comes from the industry, the companies that make the content, update the content, so take their data with a grain of salt until you actually get confirmation from a real source.  EW has not confirmed which character is in his script.

And...  to all the haters out there, the Marvel universe is not catering to the lowest denominator, it's a great universe full of very human characters (as well as not so human) which tells great stories about the human condition.  I love fantasy and sci-fi and now that technology can reveal many of these stories well, I'm McLovin' it!   The lowest denominator is watching reality television like Duck Dynasty, ice truckers, gold diggers, swamp loggers and other semi-scripted, this my job, but I'll make it exciting for you kind of garbage.   

alohajoe0007
alohajoe0007

Why why why??? Hasn't Hollywood lost enough money yet catering to the lowest denominator?

epalmeira
epalmeira

It sounds like a pretty lame super-hero to me. Power to control ants? I got the power to control insecticide.

MichaelThompson2
MichaelThompson2

I'm pretty sure that Paul Rudd will be playing the Eric O'Grady iteration of Ant Man and not Hank Pym.  Eric O'Grady was as close to a comedy character as Marvel has done with Ant Man and given what we know about the movie thus far, they seem to want to make a film that's essentially a superhero comedy.


O' Grady was also an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. prior to finding the Ant Man suit, so that is a pretty easy origin story for them to use.  Hank Pym has a much nastier history involving incidents of going insane, contemplating suicide and spousal abuse.  It will be hard to sell him as a comedy character unless they just ignore all of that.