Just recently Marvel released their troll trailer for the new Ant-Man movie slated to release July 2015. This not only was fifteen seconds long, but also about fifteen millimeters high depended on which screen resolution you had it on. The actual trailer will debut with the premier of Agent Carter. If you call yourself a Marvel fan and don't know what that is, well I might just go cry in a corner. Here's the troll trailer just for kicks.
So most people are asking either why Ant-Man or what is an Ant-Man? A brief synopsis, the original Ant-Man was one of the aliases of scientist Hank Pym. He is the inventor of Pym Particles which allow him to shrink to ride ants like tiny little horses. Cause apparently thats a superpower. And he has a helmet that can talk to ants... Oh, and Pym is the actual creator of Ultron, not Tony Stark. And he's actually a founding Avengers member. Anyways Pym changes superhero identities more than some people change socks. After Ant-Man there was Giant Man...
And then there was Goliath...
And then there was Yellow Jacket...
And finally the male version of the Wasp...
Well if this isn't an insect fetish then I don't know what is. Anyways if you've done your homework, you know that the Ant-Man in the movie is not going to be Hank Pym. Hank Pym is going to be an old fart played by Michael Douglas. And we get this nobody to be Ant-Man:
The reason I say he's a nobody is because literally he's just stealing someone else's superhero identity and Marvel actually has made a long pattern of doing so. If you've read any of the Captain America Winter Soldier arc then you know Captain America had several other sub-par stand-ins for him, the most notable being Jack Monroe. And War Machine? He's literally just Iron Man who doesn't know crap about the tech stuff. Spider-man had several clones of himself who thought they were him and now have knockoff costumes. To put it bluntly, Scott Lang is on the same standing as Jean-Paul Valley from DC.
In the comics when Bane broke Batman's back, Batman didn't have the luxury of getting thrown in some inception middle eastern prison. He was stuck recuperating and realized Gotham needed a Batman. So enter Azrael a sort of assassin raised by a weird offshoot of the Templar Order to be superior. Bottom line is, he got to be Batman, but now no one knows where the hell he is now.
Now I'm not saying that Scott Lang being Ant-Man is a bad thing. From a certain standpoint it's a very good thing. Me being a traditionalist and liking origin stories to be the original character, I could argue both ways. But there's one thing that is probably why Hank didn't make the cut.
Hank is an asshole. Seriously.
This shot is from the Ultimate Universe where the idea of a Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury originated. Its separate from the main 616 universe. And Hank Pym is still an asshole.
Like seriously, during Secret Invasion he leaves his wife to go have sex with some college bimbo.
I mean well there's that, but then it just escalates to this...
Well he just had sex with a Skrull. Who now is going to take his place to get ready for the invasion force. The guy just screws up all over the place royally.
The whole beauty of Ultron is the story of how Hank Pym happens to totally clusterf**k up and make an AI built on world domination. Which happens to be based on Hank Pym's own brain patterns. I'm sure they'll do a great job in the new movie but the fact is the true genesis lies with Hank Pym. The actual Age of Ultron Comic basically dealt with Wolverine thinking the best way to stop Ultron was to go back in time and kill Hank Pym. Which I fully endorse. Because he's an ass.
Bottom line: He's not just an ass because he slapped his wife in that one Jim Shooter comic, he just is an all around ass. He has some redeemable qualities but to some degree you can't been a bigger ass than Hank Pym. Unless you're like a mass murderer or something. Which Pym could arguably be through Ultron.
Basically, Scott Lang is a fresh start. I guess Marvel thought that all the wife-abusing, womanizing, and irresponsibility with technology of mass destruction was best embodied in Michael Douglas.
Marvel takes a very light tone to its movies as opposed to DC which has gone nuts with being dark. Marvel Comics is known however for being the best at humanizing characters and dealing with everyday issues. Its part of the charm. To be frank, I don't know much about Scott Lang. It just seems that for a while he's taken a backseat in the comics as well as other merchandising. I've seen more of his daughter in the Young Avengers more than Lang himself. Is this a good thing? I don't know. You decide for yourself. I do believe there is something to be said for going with the original character that started it all. But I understand where the evil overlord Disney is coming from because a wife-beating, self-absorbed narcissist would contrast severely with their image.