Paul Rudd Is Playing Ant-Man: So Who Is Ant-Man?

(From Marvel | Getty)It's official: Paul Rudd is Ant-Man! But who is Ant-Man? Well, if you haven't been following the news around Marvel's newest and potentially strangest new property, let's break it down.

1. Ant-Man Is a Super Scientiest

As superhero origin stories are wont to do, this one starts with a scientist dabbling with technology he doesn't yet fully understand. Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym discovers a new kind of particle, and quickly dubs them "Pym particles." These things enable him to concoct a shinking potion he tests on himself (again, maybe a bit hasty), and he shrinks to the size of an ant.

2. Ant-Man Can Talk to Ants

He creates some kind of super science helmet that allows him to communicate with ants and bend them to his will.

3. Ant-Man Can Be Big Or Tiny

Once he gets a handle on his new capabilities, Hank figures out how to shrink down tiny or grow up to 100 feet high. One of the neat things here is that if he eats, like, a bread crumb while he's tiny, he stays full when he gets big. So food's never an issue at least.

4. Ant-Man Was a Founding Member of the Avengers

He started the team along with his girlfriend/sidekick the Wasp, Iron Man, the Hulk, and Thor.

5. He Built Ultron

It's already been revealed that Ultron will be the main villain in the next Avengers movie. In the comics, Hank builds the evil sentient robot, but the word is he's been removed from Ultron's origin story in the movie.

6. Ant-Man Might Be Mentally Unstable

This probably won't make it into the movie, but Ant-Man has gone through a series of alternate personalities in the comics due to a run-in with some chemicals that messed him up. This led to some unsavory moments for the hero.

7. Ant-Man Once Hit His Wife

In the comics he ends up marrying the Wasp. At one point he takes on an arrogant new personality and calls himself Yellowjacket. While acting as Yellowjacket, his wife tries to convince him not to go through with a weird cockamamie scheme to make himself look good in front of the other Avengers by defeating an evil robot of his own creation. For her troubles, Hank back-hands her. It's a moment that's lived in infamy in comic book circles ever since.

8. The Movie Version of Ant-Man Is Going to Be Funny

Director Edgar Wright is best known for his zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead, though he's also ventured into the superhero realm with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The word is Wright is working on a version of Ant-Man that's a little tongue-in-cheek. We'll have to wait and see how it fits in with Marvel's other movies, which, while varied in tone, have been more-or-less based in the real world.
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