So we were pretty sure that we were going to get to see Giant-Man in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), because this is the 21st century and toy lines somehow manage to spoil minor plot details way ahead of the film's release. Hey, I guess that's just merchandising for you.
Yes, ever since images of the Giant-Man Funko Pop character and other action figures hit the web a couple months back, we knew that we'd be seeing Paul Rudd's Ant-Man going the other way and becoming Giant-Man for the Marvel's Phase 3, and seeing him in action during the battle scene was pretty cool. We're sold.
But who is Giant-Man? If you thought the concept of an 'Ant Man' was a bit silly chances are you might not be immediately taken with Giant-Man either. But give it a chance, Ant-Man turned out to be a surprisingly enjoyable take on the classic Marvel character, and if he's taking on the Giant-Man identity too this could have big implications for the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp.
Like Ant-Man, the original Giant-Man was Avengers founding member Hank Pym — who we saw an older version of in last year's Ant-Man, portrayed by Michael Douglas. And Giant-Man is just Ant-Man but — brace yourself — instead of getting really small, he gets really big.
There have been two other superheroes to use the Giant-Man identity: Bill Foster (Black Goliath/Goliath) who was killed during the Civil War events of the comic books, and A.I. technician and trainee of Scott Lang, Raz Malhotra.
Presumably Giant-Man's inclusion in Civil War was more than just a nod to the comic books in which the death of Goliath is a key moment (spoilers: Scott Lang doesn't die, surprisingly), especially since Ant-Man and the Wasp is set to release in 2018.
2015's Ant-Man left us with the perfect set up for a Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) centered movie, with the post-credits scene revealing the Wasp suit that Hope hadn't been allowed to use up until then because she's a woman — sorry, I mean, Hank Pym's overprotected daughter.
But where did it leave Scott Lang, and how did he get his hands on the technology to turn him into Giant-Man?
In Ant-Man Lang was a thief and electronics expert recently released from incarceration, and though the film dealt primarily with his slightly unwilling transition into hero-hood, the entirety of the tech he used was created by his predecessor — physicist and inventor Hank Pym.
Hank's a bit old and bit disillusioned for the superhero game by this point and, though his reluctance to let his daughter take over the Wasp mantle was finally overcome, it was the reason he chose someone else to take up the Ant-Man gauntlet initially.
But the use of the Giant-Man technology in Civil War suggests that — unless Scott has someone become one of the world's foremost physicists in the space of a few months — Hank is almost certainly still kicking around, helping out both Ant-Man and Wasp. Remember, Scott Lang is the guy who managed to phase back out of the quantum realm by putting some of Hank's tech inside some more of Hank's tech and hoping for the best.
So, does this mean we'll be getting a Hank/Scott/Hope team up when Ant-Man and the Wasp rolls around? And will they be changing that title to Giant-Ant-Man and the Wasp? Will Hope become Giant-Wasp-Lady!? So many unlikely possibilities.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is set for release July 6, 2018.