This Friday, Marvel’s Ant-Man will release in theaters. I know what you might be thinking--I too was skeptical at Marvel’s choice to make a movie about this little-known hero (pun quite intended). However, I did some digging, and was pleasantly surprised to find out that Scott Lang--aka Ant-Man--may be more awesome than I first realized.
But first, a little background. Over the course of Ant-Man’s history, several people have donned the suit. There was the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, who will be featured in the movie. But the main character, played by Paul Rudd, is actually Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man. We’ll get to see his origin story and how he became Ant-Man in the first place. Here are a few reasons why Ant-Man and his upcoming movie may surprise you.
1. He’s a family man.
Scott Lang has a daughter: her name is Cassie. (Cassie goes on to be a character in her own right in the comic series, Young Avengers.) A lot of the things Scott does are motivated by his desire to protect her and take care of her. In the movie, they’ve cast a little girl to play Cassie, so I’m guessing she’ll factor into Scott Lang’s MCU storyline at least a little bit, and I’m hoping that we get to see Scott as a good father to her.
2. He’s a recovering thief with an interesting back story.
I like heroes with interesting back stories, and Scott Lang definitely has one. In fact, his reason for putting on the Ant-Man suit was that, well, he was stealing it. He has a moment where he decides to turn his life around and use his life--and the Ant-Man suit--for good. I’m interested in seeing where Marvel will take this, though I’m hoping they can make it different than the stories of Tony Stark and Thor (who both had kind of unlikable personality traits before they joined the team).
3. Though he’s small, he’s mighty.
Scott’s powers, while wearing the suit, are to shrink to the size of an ant (obviously), to punch with a good amount of force, and to be able to communicate with insects. While the idea of being an ant is laughable at first, there are a lot of situations where being small can actually be an asset. It doesn’t make a difference to me that his powers are man-made rather than gifted; it’s still awesome. And let’s be honest, this isn’t the first time I’ve fallen for a man wearing a super-powered suit.
4. He’s an esteemed member of The Avengers.
Scott Lang has rubbed elbows with the Avengers and has even served on their team. He’s also been on a team with Doctor Doom. It’s no surprise, then, that with the rise of The Avengers and the upcoming Doctor Doom movie, Scott Lang shows up in this universe. He’s also had encounters with the X-Men and Scarlet Witch, who was recently introduced in Age of Ultron. There are a lot of potential plotlines they could draw off of from the comics, so it may just be a good thing that they’re bringing Scott Lang to the existing universe we already know and love. (Another potential crossover is that Scott Lang dated Jessica Jones, who’s getting her own series on Netflix soon.) There are so many possibilities for Scott Lang’s character, and I’m excited to see what happens.
There are also a few reasons to look forward to the movie as a whole.
5. Evangeline Lilly is playing the daughter of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne, the original Ant-Man and Wasp respectively. We’ll get to see her relationship with her parents and the effects of being raised by two superheroes, so we will possibly see some awesome scenes with the original Ant-Man and Wasp. There’s also talk of Evangeline Lilly’s character taking on the suit and becoming Wasp herself.
6. Peggy Carter, Howard Stark (the older version), Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, and Sam Wilson will be getting cameos. Don’t ask me how it will work, but I’m pumped to see them all again. (And from the pictures I saw of Steve and Bucky, it’s probably going to wreck me to pieces.)
7. It’s Marvel and overall they always prove my skepticism wrong.
What about you? Are you going to see Ant-Man? Why do you think it’s going to be awesome?