Who is Ant-Man, anyways? Is he Hank Pym? Scott Lang? Plain ol' Ant-Man? It's hard to keep up with this ever-changing Marvel Comics character, so we're bringing you a list of Ant-Man (and Avengers) trivia to get you up to speed.
Ant-Man is a difficult character to pin down (literally and figuratively); his unique abilities and irregularities make him one of the most interesting and controversial Avengers characters. This is a guy who is a hero, but who has also been court marshaled then kicked off the Avengers, more than once... a guy who has helped the planet just as much as he's harmed it.
He's able to become new superheroes whenever he feels emasculated. And that's just the first guy, the best and brightest of the lot. The only one who wasn't a thief or S.H.I.E.L.D. agent turned thief. That's right there are not one, not two, but three Ant-Men.Ant-Man, the movie, came out on July 17, 2015, and someone needed to sort through the myths and the years of continuity (this guy has been around more than 50 years, and most people didn't know his name until Marvel announced the movie!) to bring you the facts you should know before you see Paul Rudd put on that iconic helmet and become Ant-Man!
The Visual Effects Team WILL Blow Your Mind
The VFX team working on Ant-Man decided to use techniques that would make the movie different from other "shrinking" films and use effects that would give an experimental look. They chose to use a mix of macro photography (digital mattes of enlarged environments) and motion-capture.Source: IMDb
Yellowjacket IS Ant-Man
That's right, Ant-Man's villains are so bad they had to make Ant-Man's main adversary an alias of Ant-Man himself. Now, we're not suggesting this is some Tyler Durden situation (though that would be interesting), but in the comics, Yellowjacket and the suit are another identity Ant-Man/Hank Pym assumes.Source: Wikipedia
John Slattery Is Back!
John Slattery (of Mad Men) played the older iteration of Howard Stark (Tony's dad) back in 2010's Iron Man 2. He played him as a sort of Walt Disney type, since Dominic Cooper had taken the reigns playing a younger, cockier, more Tony-like Howard Stark in recent films.
This means we'll be seeing some flashbacks to Hank Pym's younger days and maybe a mirror of the Tony/Pym relationship from the comics in the Howard/Pym flashbacks in the film.Source: IMDb
Ant-Man Is One of the Original Members of the Avengers
That's right, since Issue #1 way back in September of 1963 both Hank Pym (Ant-Man) and Janet Van Dyne (The Wasp) have been Avengers - founding members of the team, in fact. The only other heroes in all of comic-dom that can make this same claim are Iron Man, Thor, and The Hulk (yup not even Captain America, as he first appeared in Issue #4).