5 Reasons There Simply Must Be a Hank Pym Ant-Man Prequel

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 - 11:46AM
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Tuesday, 07 July 2015 - 11:46AM
5 Reasons There Simply Must Be a Hank Pym Ant-Man Prequel
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Ant-Man is still a couple weeks away from infesting theaters, but director Peyton Reed is already so confident his film will be a hit that he's floating the idea of a prequel. And not a prequel focused on the star of the movie, Paul Rudd's Scott Lang, but instead one all about the original Ant-Man: Hank Pym. Reed's words were music to our ears, because Hank Pym needs his own movie, and here's why: 

He's Kind of a Big Deal


As we mentioned in our Geek Guide to Ant-Man, Pym debuted as Ant-Man in the comics all the way back in January 1962. That's before Spider-man, Iron Man, Hulk... pretty much everyone at Marvel besides Captain America. And since that time he's been a major part of a ton of big things that have gone down in the Marvel Universe, like the invention of Ultron, the Kree-Skrull War, Secret Invasion, Civil War, and of course, the founding of the Avengers.


He's One of the Greatest Avengers


Not only was Pym a founding member of the team, but he's also been one of their most consistent members, appearing as an Avenger in every decade since the 1960s. He also led the team for a time, and has been a member of more Avengers offshoots than just about anybody, counting himself among the ranks of the West Coast Avengers, the Secret Avengers, and the Mighty Avengers, in addition to founding both Avengers A.I. and Avengers Academy. Do you think maybe this guy deserves some recognition as an Avenger?


He's Real Smart


One of the things that makes Pym great is the fact that he's a formidable hero when he's not using his powers. Pym was a full-time Avenger even after ditching a costumed identity, and proved useful thanks to his position as perhaps the smartest man in the Marvel Universe (take that, Tony Stark). In fact, the only person who comes close to Pym's level of intelligence in the comics is Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, and we're pretty sure he's not popping up in the MCU anytime soon. Pym has been referred to as Earth's "Scientist Supreme", essentially making him to science what Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange is to magic. The MCU has made scientists cool with Stark and Bruce Banner, but Pym's intellect could really push some hard sci-fi ideas into the movies.


The MCU is Missing an Anti-Hero


If there's one trope that has come to dominate pop culture over the past decade, it's the troubled anti-hero. The guy who isn't wholly good but we can't help but root for. Think Don Draper, Walter White, basically everyone on Game of Thrones. The MCU is desperately missing this element. Stark is too quippy to ever be taken seriously as a bad guy. Paul Rudd as Scott Lang is too adorable and goofy. Even the MCU's version of the Hulk pretty much only attacks villains and can be calmed down by holding hands with a girl. But the Pym of Marvel's comics is different. He's arrogant, violent, and controlling. He's not a good guy, but he is a great hero. The MCU could use a character like Pym that fans hate themselves for rooting for.


We Want the Wasp


Perhaps the biggest disappointment about the Ant-Man movie focusing on Lang over Pym is that it means we're not going to see Janet van Dyne as the Wasp. Rumor has it that we may see Pym's daughter Hope become the Wasp, but damn it, Hope ain't the Wasp. Janet van Dyne is a founding Avenger along with Pym, has also served as the team's leader for longer than anyone but Captain America himself, and is quite possibly the most significant female character in Marvel's stable. Her absence as a major part of Ant-Man is a bigger criminal act than the theft depicted in the movie. No wonder people started the #JanetVanCrime hashtag.
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