Marvel’s newest and tiniest hero is making big waves. Ant-Man’s name is on everyone’s lips, partially because of the mystery surrounding him. It’s almost time to unveil this superhero, and we couldn’t be more excited! But before you dive into the Ant-Man universe, there are some things you need to know about the tiniest Marvel superhero of all time.
Who is Ant-Man?
Ant-Man a.k.a. Scott Lang is an ex-con, played by Paul Rudd in this movie. But he isn’t the first Ant-Man! Scott Lang is the second of the three people to have donned the helmet.
Who was the first Ant-Man, you ask? Well, the first person to don the suit was its fictional creator, Dr. Henry (Hank) Pym. His invention made its first appearance in Tales to Astonish #27, where a shrunken Pym was dragged into an ant-hill! Though Ant-Man was never supposed to be a recurring character, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Larry Lieber brought him back due to his immense popularity. Pym’s story had a dark conclusion though, so let’s get back to the man of the hour – Scott Lang.
An out-of-work electronics expert, Scott Lang resorted to burglary when his day job failed to make ends meet. However, he finds himself drawn back to that life when his daughter, Cassie, falls gravely ill. In the comics, Lang steals Pym’s suit in an attempt to rescue Dr. Sondheim, who can help his daughter. In his defence, he does try to return it to Pym, who lets him keep it under one condition – that he will use it for good.
What can Ant-Man do?
For starters, Ant-Man’s size allows him to sneak into places without getting caught. But that’s far from all his suit does. While it may shrink the wearer down to the size of an ant, the suit also gives them extra strength. This ensures that they’re stronger than a full-sized human being, without the disadvantages. Win-win!
Ant-Man’s cybernetic helmet also lets him communicate telepathically with ants, which allows him to enlist their help on his adventures!
Why you’ll love Ant-Man
Sure, Ant-Man doesn’t seem nearly as exciting as Iron Man or Thor. But neither did the idea of an interplanetary policeman, and we all saw how amazing that turned out! Think of Ant-Man as Star-Lord’s weird brother who can shape-shift, fight the baddies and crack some hilarious dad jokes. Need we say more?
Ready to go?
We know you’re as excited to see Ant-Man as we are. Fortunately, the release of the film is just days away. And now that you’ve gone through Ant-Man 101, you’re ready to dive headfirst into his world. Watch this space to get your tickets to his universe!