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!