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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Movies That Have Everything: Ant-Man Starts FRIDAY!!!

It’s finally here! Marvel’s long gestating Ant-Man is finally making it’s way to the big screen starting THIS FRIDAY!!!

The screenplay by Edgar Wright, Joe CornishAdam McKay, and Paul Rudd (who also stars as Scott Lang aka, the second character to take on the Ant-Man title) was originally going to be directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End), but left the film after years of work due to creative differences with the studio. Now directed by Peyton Reed, the film also stars Michael Douglas (aka Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man), Evangeline Lilly (Hope van Dyne), and Cory Stoll (Darren Cross / Yellow Jacket). Check out the trailer!

Ant-Man (2015 Trailer / Marvel Studios)

Ant-Man / Marvel Comics (Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, & Jack Kirby)

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ant-Man, he (that is, the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym) was created in 1962 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby for the comic Tales to Astonish. Hank Pym discovered the ‘Pym Particle’ which allowed him to alter his size.

Ant-Man / Marvel Comics (Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, & Jack Kirby)

Along with his girlrfriend, Janet van Dyne (aka The Wasp), they both became founding members of the Avengers. Hank Pym was the true creator of Ultron (who’s origin was rewritten for this year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron) and eventually adopted other personas in his illustrious career including Giant-Man (yes, not only could he shrink, but he could grow as well!), Goliath, and Yellow Jacket (who’s mantle has been taken on by other characters in the Marvel Universe as both a hero and villain).

Ant-Man / Marvel Comics (Nick Spencer & Ramon Rosanas)

Along with Pym’s helmet to control ants he fought the good fight for years until Scott Lang, the second character in the Marvel Universe took on the guise of the hero. Scott Lang was a thief who stole the original Ant-Man costume in order to save his dying daughter Cassandra from a heart condition. Hank helped Scott reform his life and has worked along side both the Fantastic Four and The Avengers.

There were still two more characters to take up the Ant-Man persona including that of Eric O’Grady and Chris McCarthy - two low level S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who had their own drama with the suit with one ending up dead (McCarthy) and the other taking the suit off his dead corpse. Eventually, O’Grady perishes after a rather dubious stint as the Ant-Man, protecting a child from the villain known as ‘The Father’. (doubtful if we’ll ever see either of these short lived  incarnations of Ant-Man).

The gang at good ol’ PU has had ants in our pants for this latest edition into the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since it’s announcement almost two years ago! So fly down to your local theater as Ant-Man finally starts tomorrow!

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