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Marvel has been pretty clear thus far that their upcoming hero, Ant-Man, will not be appearing or involved in the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Why? Well, it could be because the first Ant-Man and those superhero types don't have a very good history with each other.

YouTube user Jahaziel Brito, who created a storyboard for the [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) footage shown at San Diego Comic-Con, uploaded a breakdown of the [Ant-Man](movie:9048) footage that was also shown by Marvel. Check it out:

The storyboard shows Scott Lang talking with the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym. The short version of the plot thus far is that the two of them have to pull off a major heist to save the world and team up after Scott breaks into Hank's place to rob him. In the storyboard retelling of the scenes shown at Comic-con, we watch as Scott attempts to ride a fly and narrowly escapes getting caught (I assume this particular scene is the "test run" scene where Scott tries on the suit and learns about it's functions). But what's truly important about these scenes, I feel, is when he and Hank are in Hank's lab. Specifically, this:

Scott Lang: You seem very nice... but I'm no superhero.

Hank Pym: Which means you're not an egomaniac and you're not an undisciplined moron!

And right after:

Hank Pym: Superheroes? ... What a god damn joke.

Sounds like somebody's got major beef with the crime-fighting kind. The rumor mill says that Pym had a hand in creating Ultron alongside Howard Stark, but fans don't necessarily believe that. Based on the synopsis released by Marvel, it looks like Ultron will rest almost completely on Tony Stark's shoulders, and may or may not have been an older creation of his (or someone involved with him - Howard Stark).

That's a LOT of pressure.
That's a LOT of pressure.

Let's set that aside just for now and consider Hank Pym. He's supposed to be around 70 years old in this movie, retired from any shrinking or growing he might have done in the first place. But the suit does exist, and it's in Hank's house, so either Hank made it and decided to shelve it, or those flashbacks with Howard Stark are going to be more telling than we think.

Good on you, Stark -- er, Sterling.
Good on you, Stark -- er, Sterling.

Why does Hank Pym hate superheroes? Why does he think they're full of themselves, reckless, bad? If you really think about it, Marvel can go anywhere with this. Hank and Howard Stark have almost no history in the comics (save for Hank and Howard plotting to take out Magneto in House of M) and Hank has been aged up so that Scott will be our first modern day Ant-Man.

There are several possibilities, but here's my theory: Howard Stark was involved in the development of the Ant-Man suit, and S.H.I.E.L.D. wanted it. Hank, the suit's creator, wasn't super cool with the idea of selling off his creation. There was major drama, and Hank dipped.

Wait! I thought this date was going well!
Wait! I thought this date was going well!

On the other hand, Hank could have developed the Ant-Man suit for S.H.I.E.L.D., and a disagreement (more than likely based in ethics or morality, since Hank Pym is very much the kind of guy that believes good ethics are whatever his opinions are) led to him leaving.

He probably knows that the Avengers were a S.H.I.E.L.D. initiative, since he was more than likely an infant when Captain America first came around. It's common knowledge that John Slattery and Dominic Cooper share the role of Howard Stark, with Slattery having taken over for 60's era Stark, so it's fairly safe to assume that Howard and Hank met during the 60's or 70's.

Whether this is about Ultron or not, Hank has probably been sitting on his wrinkled old butt for a while, and the suit is gathering dust; meanwhile, the Avengers are out saving the day, led by a man that's older than him yet young and spry. But more importantly, the wreckage in their wake has been massive. The events of the first Avengers movie left New York City a complete mess, with the Avengers "disappearing" immediately after. To an outsider, especially one like Hank Pym, the superheroes he knows of really do seem like total jerks (which is ironic, really, because Hank is an absolute dick in the comics - and I don't just mean when he's not in control of his actions).

What do you think? Could Hank's general distaste for all things super and heroic be something deeper?

Ant-Man premieres on July 17th, 2015.


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