When Marvel announced it was going to do an Ant-Man movie my reaction was…meh. Ant-Man has never been my favorite character (and to my knowledge has never been anyone’s favorite character) so the prospect of a film based on him do not really appeal to me. Then director Edgar Wright publicly left the project making it seem as if there was confusion and dissent in the ranks; this did not inspire confidence in what the outcome would be. Would this, I wondered out loud to myself while sitting in my basement one day, be the first real failure of the Marvel MCU? I then went on to not care because believe it or not I do, in fact, have a life.
But now the release date is looming and I of course will go and see it. Because regardless of the life I believe I have I will, in fact, go and see every comic book movie released. And to be fair the promotional material/trailers actually look pretty good. And Marvel’s track record has been great, some would say stellar (and by “some” I mean me) at making really entertaining movies. So I have decided to put aside any preconceived notions I may have about the film or the character and just watch it with an open mind. That is very un-nerdlike of me but I figure I will give it a shot.
And in ant-icipation I did a little research into the character.
Who Is Ant-Man?
Ant-Man created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby in 1962 first appearing in Tales to Astonish #35. He is a superhero with the ability to shrink in size to that of an ant and can communicate with ants via a funky helmet. Ant-Man is a legacy character meaning several people have taken on the mantle (or should I say ant-mantle) over the years.