We have been waiting 9 years for a new Star Wars Movie. While some would way we’ve been waiting 31 years (since the release of Return of The Jedi), the myth of Star Wars continued on, albeit struggling, through Episodes I-III.
We have had plenty of Star Wars comics and action figures to help us through this time and plenty of good ones too. But now, like me, and others that lived through the early Star Wars years, will watch this first official teaser and be left with a goofy grin and shivers running up and down your spine.
Have a look and savor and tell me you aren’t grinning or shivering just a little bit!
Marvel Comics has dug deep into their vault pulling on not a second, nor even third tier character, The Ant-Man to carry a major motion picture. There is some star power here with Michael Douglas playing Henry (Hank) Pym, the original Ant-Man. The second Ant-Man in comic book form is Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd, who plays our current movie Ant-Man.
While certainly a risky move, why not? No one has really done the “miniature character” really well in films, with the exception of “Honey I Shrunk The Kids (the first one)”. Guess who was the real star of that film…well the ants of course.
Ant-Man has never been a strong enough character to carry his own comic book series. Hank Pym first appeared in Tales to Astonish #27 in 1962 and later became the Ant-Man in Tales Top Astonish #35 (1962). Ant-Man shared the title with various one-off stories, then teamed up with the Wasp. Having run out of miniature stories, Hank Pym suddenly changed from being Ant-Man and became The Giant-Man beginning with Tales To Astonish #49. Giant-Man and The Wasp continued to team up in the comic title until issue #69. So even Hank Pym as Giant-Man lasted 21 issues, compared to the Ant-Man’s run of 15 issues. The next longest run of an Ant-Man title was a 12 issue series “The Irredeemable Ant-Man“, beginning in 2006.
So let’s hope Marvel can pull it off. The kids may love this film, A potential sleeper. Enjoy the trailer and the film when it’s released on July 17th!