[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR MULTIPLE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE FILMS]
One of the things I like about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that they don't just recreate old comic book stories on screen. Instead, they take the characters and create new 'adapted' stories for them to venture through. Some of these cinematic adaptations include small changes to the original comic book stories, while others include large changes. A few examples of the more dramatic changes include:
- The Mandarin being a fake actor in Iron Man 3, as opposed to being an enormously powerful terrorist leader in the comics
- Ultron being created by Tony Stark in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as opposed to being created by Hank Pym in the comics, and
- Captain America's shield being made out of Vibranium in the movies, as opposed to being made out of a Vibranium-Adamantium alloy in the comics
Recently, the newest Marvel movie Ant-Man hit theaters starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll. Most fans thought that the movie was very true to the comics, when really it strays quite a distance away. Here are some of the major differences in Scott Lang's origin story between the movie and the comics:
1. Scott Lang's Background
In the movie: Scott Lang was made to be some sort of martyr for his crimes. He worked as an electronics expert for VistaCorp before being fired for pointing out that they were robbing their customers. Scott then broke into the VistaCorp building, hacked into their security system and transferred the money back to those the company robbed. He was sent to prison for three years. When he was released, he shared an apartment with his old cellmate, Luis, and tried to get himself back into his daughter's life.
In the comics: Scott Lang was an electronics expert who needed more money to support his family, consisting of his wife and daughter. Desperate, Scott turned to burglary but was quickly caught. He managed to cut short his prison sentence when he was put on parole. From there, he managed to get a job as a designer at Stark Industries.
2. Cassie's Situation
In the movie: Cassie was Scott's daughter who looked up to him as a hero. This encouraged Scott to do everything he could to be that hero for her. She lived with her mother Maggie and her soon-to-be stepfather Paxton.
In the comics: Cassie was Scott's daughter who gained a severe heart defect shortly after Scott's release. There was only one doctor, Dr. Sondheim, that would be able to cure Cassie, but she had gone missing. Cassie lived with her mother Peggy and her stepfather Blake.
3. Darren Cross
In the movie: Darren Cross was the CEO of Pym Technologies, soon to be renamed Cross Technologies. He was taught by Hank Pym before taking over the company. He became obsessed with recreating the legendary 'Pym Particle' and devoted all of his time and work to figuring it out. Once he finally perfected his research, he invented the Yellowjacket suit, a weapon he intended to sell to H.Y.D.R.A.
In the comics: Darren Cross was the CEO of Cross Technologies. After being diagnosed with a severe heart condition, he invented a pacemaker to keep himself alive, which gave him slight superhuman strength, but also gave him a larger, pink-ish form. In order to fully cure himself, he kidnapped a heart surgeon named Dr. Sondheim who was the only doctor who knew how to fix the condition. After the rescue of Dr. Sondheim by Ant-Man, Darren Cross died from his heart disorder. He had no affiliation whatsoever with Hank Pym.
4. Why Scott Became Ant-Man
In the movie: Scott stole the suit from Hank Pym, thinking it was money, in order to pay child support so that he could see Cassie again. He then joins Hank Pym in an attempt to stop Darren Cross's plans after Hank promises to help Scott's situation so he can be with Cassie.
In the comics: Scott stole the suit from Hank Pym in order to rescue Dr. Sondheim from Darren Cross because Sondheim was the only doctor who could fix Cassie's heart disorder. After breaking into Cross Industries to save the doctor who cures Cassie, Scott goes to return the suit to Hank Pym. Hank lets Scott keep it because Scott has proven he can help the world with it.
5. The Yellowjacket
In the movie: The Yellowjacket armor was a product of Pym Technology, a.k.a. Cross Technology. It was designed as a super suit (or "vessel") that could make any force who uses it practically unstoppable. Darren Cross later dons the only model of the suit in a fight with Scott Lang. The suit is destroyed when Cross is killed.
In the comics: The Yellowjacket suit was made from Hank Pym's damaged mental state when he had split personalities. After the defeat of this evil side of Pym, he returned to normal and used the Yellowjacket as his new superhero alias.
6. Hope van Dyne / Pym
In the movie: Hope van Dyne was the daughter of Hank Pym, who resented her father for most of her life for ignoring her after the death of her mother. She eventually overlooks her resentment and teams up with Hank in order to stop the plans of Darren Cross. It is later revealed that Hope will become the new Wasp.
In the comics: Hope Pym was the daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. She becomes the super villainess known as the Red Queen who is set on destroying the reformation of a new team of Avengers after the death of her parents.
7. Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne
In the movie: Hank started as a scientist for S.H.I.E.L.D. who invented the Pym Particle in order to become the Ant-Man as a super-soldier. His wife Janet soon joined him as the Wasp, but sacrificed herself to save the country. After her death, Hank retired the suit, left S.H.I.E.L.D. and began Pym Technologies, where he researched the quantum realm to try to find his wife. He never wore the suit again.
In the comics: Hank was a scientist who discovered the Pym Particles in order to make himself small, and then back to his normal height. He then became the rogue superhero Ant-Man. He met Janet van Dyne and revealed his secret identity to her. She became the Wasp and they became a superhero duo. They later went on to be a few of the founding members of the Avengers. Hank Pym went on to become the superhero Giant Man at one point, and later the Yellowjacket during the time Scott Lang first appeared. There was also no such thing as Pym Technologies.
Though Ant-Man did appear to be very similar to its comic book roots, it was still very different. I honestly like the changes Marvel made, though. I would not have been too thrilled if the main villain looked like a cross between the Hulk and a Care Bear.