by Ryan Rigley
After six whole years of anticipation, Marvel Studios finally announced their plans to make Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" movie during a presentation at this year's Comic-Con. Eager fans in attendance were treated to some phenomenal test footage that the "Shaun of the Dead" director shot prior to the convention. There's no release date set just yet, but it's rumored that "Ant-Man" might be on track for a 2014 release.
Now that the "Ant-Man" movie is officially underway, the floodgates have opened for waves of rumors and speculation. Chief among those rumors being this question: will Ant-Man be featured in the "Avengers" sequel? We sure hope so! Read on to find out why!
After developing a chemical substance with the ability to manipulate its wielder's size and stature, Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym decides to become a full-fledged superhero. Utilizing the unusual set of subatomic particles that he dubs "Pym Particles," and a cybernetic helmet that allows him to communicate with ants, Hank Pym immediately prevents several KGB agents from stealing the formula for a highly deadly anti-radiation gas. Needless to say, he is still one of the most prevalent Marvel heroes to date.
Throughout the years, Hank Pym has had a number of different superhero aliases: Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellow Jacket, Wasp, etc. He is one of the smartest characters in the Marvel universe, with a PhD in biochemistry as well as an expertise in the fields of quantum physics, cybernetics, and entomology. As a result of his constant size-changing in the past few decades, Hank is now able to mentally generate Pym Particles and can change his size at will.
First and foremost, in the comic books, Ant-Man is one of the founding members of The Avengers. The fact that he wasn't in the first "Avengers" movie was disappointing, but understandable. However, now that the next "Avengers" movie is officially three years away, we don't see any reason why Hank Pym shouldn't be featured in it! In the comic books, when Hank joins Earth's Mightiest Heroes he grows in size and changes his name to Giant-Man as a result of feeling insecure around powerhouses like Iron Man and Thor. Can you just imagine how funny this scene could play out up on the big screen?
This one is a no-brainer. If "The Avengers 2" isn't set to be released until May 2015, then all Marvel Studios would need to do is release "Ant-Man" sometime before that! Obviously, they've got their hands pretty full at the moment, what with sequels to "Thor," "Captain America," and "Iron Man 2" currently in production. But there's a lot of heat behind the rumors of "Ant-Man" hitting theaters in 2014 alongside the "Cap" sequel and "Guardians of the Galaxy." If that pans out, Joss Whedon would have plenty of time to weave Hank Pym into the picture for the "Avengers" sequel! Make it happen, Marvel!
In Assembling Avengers, we're picking a new Marvel Comics superhero every week and arguing why they deserve a spot on the roster for Earth's mightiest sequel. Let us know which heroes you want to see in the next "Avengers" in the comments or on Twitter!