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Sean Erickson

Marvel's Ant-Man movie has had to play second fiddle to the behemoth that is the Avengers: Age of Ultron. Depending on how you look at it, Ant-Man will either be able to ride the Marvel wave to a box office bonanza after Avengers 2 is released and takes over the world like a crazed robot gone haywire, or it will forever considered to be living in its gigantic shadow. Hopefully, in a month's time after Avengers fever has subsided, the Ant-Man movie will emerge and be able to strike out on its own.

Yellowjacket & Ant-Man Trade Punches

In the meantime, Marvel is reminding us that it hasn't completely forgotten about the little superhero movie that could in this Age of Ultron. The new issue of Entertainment Weekly has many features about the upcoming Summer Movie onslaught and it has included a first (non-concept art) look at the villain at the center of the Ant-Man movie - Yellowjacket.

Yellowjacket and Ant-Man trade punches.
Yellowjacket and Ant-Man trade punches.

Much like the concept art picture, this look at Yellowjacket shows off his weaponized attachments that give off definite shades of Doc Ock. But look closely and you'll also see Ant-Man himself, in mid-jump ready to deliver Yellowjacket a good right cross. And in case you think that Ant-Man's punch is looking like a long shot in this pic, let director Peyton Reed remind you of some of the physics behind Ant-Man's powers.

“Ant-Man is very fast when he’s small. Also, when he shrinks, he increases his density, so he’s got increased strength.”

It sounds like Ant-Man could indeed land his superpowered right hand on Yellowjacket before the guy gets another inch closer. Information on Yellowjacket's full capabilities are a little harder to come by though.

Yellowjacket & Darren Cross

What we do know about the guy in the Yellowjacket suit is that he is a former protege of original Ant-Man, Hank Pym. Darren Cross took the technology Pym was developing and started his own corporation - and rather than looking at the possible altruistic capabilities of the Ant-Man suit, Cross has been working on weaponizing the technology and looking into its possible military uses.

Concept art for Ant-Man's Yellowjacket.
Concept art for Ant-Man's Yellowjacket.

This of course has Hank Pym a little peeved - so with the help of ace thief Scott Lang, he hatches a plan to break into Darren Cross' laboratories and steal back his technology and the Yellowjacket suit that could end up being a real threat if it is released out into the world at large. Further complicating matters is the fact that Hank Pym's daughter, Hope Van Dyne has her own beef with her father and is working for Darren Cross. No pun intended, but that's gotta sting.

Wasp & Hope Van Dyne

The character of Hope Van Dyne is definitely one of the more interesting elements of speculation leading up to Marvel's Ant-Man movie. There is of course the possibility that Hope Van Dyne is a mole - working for Darren Cross but reporting back to Hank Pym and tipping him off about the state of the Yellowjacket suit. This would put her character being closer to Janet Van Dyne and Wasp than Hope Pym.

Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man.
Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man.

If this is the case, it would definitely play into the many rumors that Hope Van Dyne would spread her wings and transform into the Wasp before the credits roll on Ant-Man. The other option, that the Marvel cinematic universe's Hope Van Dyne is more closely related to the scorned daughter of Marvel comics, Hope Pym, would mean that she will need some convincing and show some forgiveness to her father before she joins the good guys in the battle against Darren Cross.

What do you think? Does the new photo get you more excited for Marvel's [Ant-Man](movie:9048) movie? Let your voice be heard in the comments below!


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