Ant-Man Present and Past
April 14, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – In theaters July 17th, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas star in Marvel’s “Ant-Man”
In the film, con-man Scott Lang is given a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. Armed with these new powers, he must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Here’s the new trailer:
A Brief History of Ant-Man
“Ant-Man’s” first appearance was in “Tales to Astonish #35,” which hit comic book stores in September, 1962.
In the original Marvel comic books, written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, 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 change his size.
Armed with a helmet that can control ants, Pym would shrink down to the size of an insect and 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.” The duo would become founding members of “The Avengers,” fighting enemies such as the mad scientist “Egghead” and the mutant “Whirlwind” and even Pym’s own robotic creation “Ultron.”
While Pym is the original “Ant-Man,” he has adopted other identities over the years, including “Giant-Man,” “Goliath” and “Yellowjacket.” He even became “The Wasp” after Janet’s presumed death in “Secret Invasion”
Leaving his original persona of “Ant-Man” vacant and exploring new aliases, others over the years have taken up the identity of “Ant-Man”.
It was Scott Lang, a thief who first became “Ant-Man” after stealing Henry Pym’s Ant-Man’s super suit to save his daughter, Cassie, from a heart condition.
Reforming from his life of crime, Lang soon took on a full-time career as “Ant-Man,” with the encouragement and blessing of Hank Pym. He eventually became an affiliate of the “Fantastic Four,” and most recently became a full-time member of “The Avengers.” Lang, sadly, was later killed by the “Scarlet Witch” along with “Hawkeye” in the book “Avengers Disassembled.”
Scott Lang’s daughter, Cassie, took up his heroic mantle as “Stature” in the book “Young Avengers.”
Scott Lang returned to life in 2011 in the mini series, “The Children’s Crusade,” but lost his daughter when she heroically sacrificed herself to stop a super charged “Doctor Doom,” who would later revive her during the “AXIS” event.